Review: Sharknado 3- Oh Hell Yes!

One thing can be said about Sharknado 3, is that it lived up to its subtitle: Oh Hell No! This movie is just full of cheap gore, horrible gags, and a legendary list of c-level celebrities. Even the movie’s star agrees with me.

Steve Sanders and I are basically best friends
Steve Sanders and I are basically best friends.

The end result is a movie that is so bad that it reaches legendary status.

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! is a horror movie, but the only thing that is horrific about the plot is that Ann Coulter is the Vice President of the United States and Mark Cuban is the President.  And the Iwo Jima style impaling that they do to destroy an attacking shark. But, the thing about this movie is that it knows what it is and is not ashamed to be it. One of my biggest pet peeves is when a movie tries to do much more than it should. Sharknado 3 sticks to what it does best: cheesy gore. It is a cinematic guilty pleasure. You know it’s terrible for you but you just can’t get enough of the falling sharks.

Yes, this actually happens in the movie.
Yes, this actually happens in the movie.

Once again we find that Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) is defending humanity with his wits and a golden chainsaw. April Wexler (Tara Reid) lives in Orlando and apparently has an Evil Dead like weapon to use against any oncoming sharks. While she is at Universal Studios with her daughter and her mother, who’s played by a very weathered Bo Derek, a Sharknado hits. The storms this time are so bad that they are turning the East Coast into the “Feast Coast.”

This movie can’t truly be judged like a typical theater release. It has: sharks in space, staircase surfing in the White House (on presidential portraits, no less), animation that is supposed to be flood waters, a shark slayer who emerges from a crash in Universal Orlando’s lagoon wearing Victoria Secret underwear, guns that were wobbling, and a scene where the only thing left on Frankie Muniz was Malcolm’s middle. This sort of thing has to be measured by how much you are into campy horror films.

Yep, they shot this in slow motion.
Yep, they shot this in slow motion.


This movie plays to the absurd and had me giggling the whole time. Sharknado 3 is never going to be in the realm of high art because quite frankly it’s barely watchable and even then I couldn’t take my eyes of the screen. This movie is stupid to its core and I loved every minute of it. Am I suggesting you watch a movie on the SYFY Channel? Oh Hell Yes! It’s weird but that’s what I loved most.

Dewey Singleton - Film Critic
Dewey Singleton - Film Critic
I'm a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and have been doing reviews for many years. My views on film are often heard in markets such as Atlanta, Houston, and satellite radio. My wife often tolerates my obsession for all things film related and two sons are at an age now where 'Trolls' is way cooler than dad. Follow me on twitter @mrsingleton.

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