Catch Syfy's worst-movie-ever, Sharknado, at three midnight screenings

It's a bird... it's a plane... it's a tornado full of sharks, obviously.
It's a bird... it's a plane... it's a tornado full of sharks, obviously.
screenshot from Sharknado trailer

When the Syfy channel created Sharknado, maybe its logic went something like this: Jaws and Twister both scared their way into moviegoers' hearts, so a movie about those things combined was sure to do that doubly.

Or maybe it just decided to create the most ridiculous movie it could, cast Tara Reid, and force everyone to hate-watch it.

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Whichever the strategy, it sort of... worked. About 1.3 million viewers tuned in to the Syfy premiere on July 11. Those ratings are a little below average for the channel, but it ignited conversation, generating, according to its promoters, "nearly 5,000 tweets a minute."

The plot of the movie, if you must know, is that a tornado deposits man-eating sharks through the city of Los Angeles. But it's not about plot. As the New York Daily News wrote, "If you're a fan of low-budget horror movies and you miss it, you will regret it for the rest of your life."

If you fall into that category and are kicking yourself, don't worry. You have another chance. Tonight, three metro-area theaters are hosting midnight screenings where the film's giant, chomping Great Whites will be blown up to big-screen size.

So, go. Admire the sharks' gnashing teeth. Take a drink every time you spot a plot inconsistency. And above all, for all of our sakes, learn what to do in the event that a Sharknado ever hits the Twin Cities.

Friday, August 2. Midnight.
Eagan 16: 2055 Cliff Rd, Eagan
Brooklyn Center 20: 6420 Camden Ave N, Minneapolis
Showplace ICON at the West End: 1625 West End Blvd, Minneapolis

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