Sharknado is not must-see TV, unless you are drawn for the unintended humor, ala Manos. In other words, it’s so stupid, it’s laughable. Or you could say comically bad.
The extremely silly premise of Sharknado is that sharks could be lifted out of their marine habitats and propelled by violent tornadoes onto land where mayhem ensues. Most sharks are no danger to humans though, and once on land would be completely incapacitated before they died. To be more blunt, they would be no danger to humans or even small pets. To be fair, Sharknado was likely intended to be ridiculous, and the more the better. It has an IMDB rating of 4.0 out of 10, so it isn’t clear if the intentional stupidity has been understood.
Portraying sharks as senseless killing machines has been too common. Peter Benchely, the author of Jaws, said he regretted writing the story because it portrayed sharks in such a negative light.
“Knowing what I know now, I could never write that book today,” said Benchley, who also co-wrote the screenplay for “Jaws.” “Sharks don’t target human beings, and they certainly don’t hold grudges.” (Source: LA Times)
On Martha’s Vineyard in 2008 there was a shark hunt that was
encouraged by a $50,000 prize. These kinds of events began appearing on the East Coast after the movie scared millions of people as it went on to become one of the first blockbusters.
Sadly, the director of Sharknado seems to be very unaware of the consequences of making very untrue movies using sharks to scare people, “I think we did it with Sharknado. What I would love to do is make a scary shark movie. I don’t like remakes, but it’s about time someone did a new Jaws movie, but make one that harkens back to the simplicity of the original one. Again, don’t remake the book or the movie, keep it simple, create some great characters, have a lot of humor, use practical sharks with slight CGI assist and scare the hell out of audiences. It’s doable, and that would be my dream shark movie, because after Sharknado, we’ve pretty much said the final word on shark disaster movies.” (Source: Hollywood Reporter)
It would seem that TV content is resorting to more extremes in order to compete with the Web. The phrase, ‘Jumping the Shark’ came from a scene in a TV program called Happy Days, in which the Fonz water skis and goes airborne to jump over a shark. This stunt was an obvious tactic to boost flagging ratings.
The real disaster involving sharks is the estimated 100 million that are killed each year. If that number is accurate, then are one billion killed every decade.
Sharks actually may contribute very much economically due to ecotourism.