'Sharknado' hits LA again on Thursday


This image is from the trailer to Syfy's "Sharknado."

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 1:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 1:41 p.m.

Despite its usually well-deserved reputation for innovative, imaginative and intelligent programming with such fare as “Battlestar Galatica,” “Defiance,” “Warehouse 13” and “Eureka,” the Syfy channel also has a knack for camp in its original movie titles.

Examples: “Arachnoquake,” “Piranhaconda,” “Sharktopus,” “Megapython vs. Gatoroid.” Add to the list: “Sharknado,” a film set in Los Angeles in which a tornado scoops up schools of sharks and hurls them at unsuspecting land dwellers.

It was broadcast last Thursday.

It's campy to extreme — one line: “We're gonna need a bigger helicopter!” — and certainly won't contend for any Emmys. Yet it's worth a look, if just for star Ian Ziering's creative use of a chainsaw. The film zoomed right to the top of an Entertainment Weekly blogger's “most awesomely bad horror movie titles” on Syfy.

Both before and after its broadcast, comments about “Sharknado” exploded on social media sites Facebook and Twitter. In fact, some commentators claimed more people talked about it than actually watched it.

One of the most common comments was: “I woulda watched it if I'd known it was on!” Well, Syfy rescreens “Sharknado” Thursday at 7 p.m.

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