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TIL I learned that Sharknado was made with a fake name called “Dark Skies,” to get actors to sign on. After they learned it was Sharknado, they all tried to quit.

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1.6k points · 1 month ago

That's fucking fantastic lol.

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You look lonely there, have a comment.

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17 points · 1 month ago

You look lonely there, have a comment.

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15 points · 1 month ago

You look lonely there, have a comment.

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You look comment there, have a lonely.

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14 points · 1 month ago

Don’t dead, open inside

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Unclear instructions, opened dead. Messy floor now, wat do?

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Now you don't inside.

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You look lovely there, have a convent.

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You look comment there, have a lonely.

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943 points · 1 month ago

I just want to point out from the article one of the amazing plot ideas for the fourth movie:

Levin: For the fourth one, I actually had a concept that would make it make sense, which was all these sharks were blown up into orbit at the end of the third movie.

So they're just spinning around in orbit, absorbing radiation. I had this whole concept as to why sharknados would have stopped. There are no sharks left in the ocean, they're in space absorbing radiation, so when their orbit started to degrade and they start plummeting to earth, they start creating sharknados just from their own vortexes of coming down and being highly radioactive.

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I actually had a concept that would make it make sense,

Followed by nonsense!

.. what? Deorbiting radioactive space sharks causing .. what?

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140 points · 1 month ago

It's safe to assume, that the bar for "making sense" in the Sharknado franchise is somewhat lower than elsewhere.

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Hahahaha, foolish mortal, there was no bar to begin with!

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THE GROUND IS OUR BAR!

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I've seen Randy Newman way lower than that.

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2 points · 1 month ago

Actually a (previously well stocked) bar would explain a lot.

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249 points · 1 month ago

Logical in the Sharknado sense.

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Causing sharknados.. he even says it

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Followed by nonsense!

If you're already passed the first three movies in the franchise, you need to have a special setting for what qualifies as "would make it make sense".

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Which is even funnier because the actual explanation in the movie makes more sense.

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never saw the movies what is the explanation?

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So the third one does end with them blasting the sharknado into space, but the fourth one flashes forward 5 years and there hasn't been a Sharknado since. Part of the reason for that is this Elon Musk-like tech mogul who developed some atmospheric control mumbo jumbo that can detect when tornadoes are about to form and stop them. The same man has recently built a towering hotel in Vegas that is full of shark tanks from top to bottom. On opening night the weather control system malfunctions and a cyclone is allowed to start developing in the desert outside Vegas. Naturally it tears right through the hotel full of sharks, which all get caught up in the vortex. The ensuing sharknado proceeds to tear across the entire country picking up various and sundry hazards along the way which make it exponentially and comically more dangerous.

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so there's no other explanation?

i mean it would make more sense to say that sharknado's are gaia's revenge for global warming.

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I shit you not that's the plot of the fifth one.

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let me guess, it involves nazi's time travel and earth friendly themes?

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Technically it ends with a time travel tease but that's what the new one tonight is about. It's been a while since I saw 5 but if I remember correctly there was some ancient curse that created global sharknados.

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So this time traveling one is the 6th sharknado?

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Vorxtesesesees.

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-7 points · 1 month ago(0 children)
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the way you said that made me laugh

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That's beautiful

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Give this man of God damn emmy

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This sounds like it was written by an 8 year old

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And there's a movie called Dark Skies that is about a family that get tormented by aliens, and although it's not a great movie, I still enjoyed it

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I thought that was about Moon Nazis.

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39 points · 1 month ago

Iron Sky

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16 points · 1 month ago

Or the one where there’s alone harvesting brain?

Skyline

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6 points · 1 month ago

SkyHigh

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I gotta watch that director's cut.

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War of the Dead.

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No thats a chili dog chain in Cincinnati and Louisville

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Thats what's in the chili.

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Aryan sky

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What about the one that starts like a love story and then bad cgi killer birds attack?

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That would be birdemic shock and terror

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Ahh this is what I meant.

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Wasn't there an X-Files knock-off in the 1990s called Dark Skies? I remember seeing ads for that show and then never watching it.

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I remember it being great, but I was about 10 when it came out in the UK.

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I just watched that the other day, I like it.

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I actually enjoyed it. The ending made it make sense and being on the edge fhe whole time was a fun ride!

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My favorite part is that the aliens looked like spoons.

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That movie was amazing. When the crows started crashing into the windows lol

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Having no idea what the movie was going in, I also enjoyed it! The actual Dark Skies movie.

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355 points · 1 month ago

Did they not read the script? And it's not like Ian is doing anything of value.

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251 points · 1 month ago

Usually when a film is looking for actors they put out an advert, called a Casting Breakdown, that has a short synopsis of what the film is like and a list of character names with traits. These casting breakdowns are put up on casting websites that are available to Casting Directors and actors’ Agents. The Agents will usually just send an application in for the actor without looking at the synopsis, because any work is better than no work.

Not the same experience for larger name actors, or actors who are well known with casting directors. But Casting directors will receive hundreds of applications for a few roles .

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88 points · 1 month ago

And the people needing a Syfy gig usually should take what they can get.

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I think the craziest thing about the Sharknado films is when you realise that Tara Reid was once a pretty big star.

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All it took to bring her down was a single botched boob job.

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I still blame the CONUS-shaped nipple.

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before after link?

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Yeah, I guess we always think about big names in interviews reading the script and liking it. No one talks to the people who are like, well, I needed to pay rent and they cut my hours at the bistro, so I auditioned for literally every job I could.

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because any work is better than no work.

And yet...

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....and yet they made 6 of these movies

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Aren't these movies intentionally made to be bad? How the fuck do they even get any reasonable amount of views? Are they going for the 'so bad it's good' ratings? If someone out there made these movies unironically and expected them to be good then I will be very disappointed.

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One of them is called "Oh Hell No!" so it's safe to say they're intentionally bad.

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122 points · 1 month ago

After a quick google, all of the taglines are pretty silly:

Sharknado 2: The Second One

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!

Sharknado: The Fourth Awakens

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming

The Last Sharknado: It's About Time

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35 points · 1 month ago

The Last Sharknado Part 2: We're Serious This Time!

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Here we go again... again...

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The Last Sharknado Part 3: We're desperate for money and ratings!

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4 points · 1 month ago

Sharnknado 7: It Wasn't Actually the Last Sharnako: Fuck You, Pay Us.

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Sharknado: The Sharkening

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2 points · 1 month ago

Electric Boogaloo reference incoming in, 3, 2, 1....

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Sharknado 7: Sonuvabitch

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Its bad, but not Troma-bad... then again its also not Troma-interesting either

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SyFy puts out a lot of these shitty movies, one of their chronic directors said 'I Never lost money on a film.' They shoot it on a shoestring budget, & make that back

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I used to have that cable channel here in Australia before Sharknado came out. There were dozens of silly intentionally bad "schlockbusters" that came before Sharknado. I hadn't watched any but there were regular ads for them. I recall the actor who played the ship designer in Titanic was in the ad (the films were said to feature "actors you sort of know...").

For some reason Sharknado was a bigger hit than the earlier ones and gained quite a bit of mainstream attention. When that happened they rushed it onto the Australian channel earlier than scheduled to exploit the interest.

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I've tried to find a poster for Megasnake for like a decade.

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I hope you achieve your goal one day.

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Good luck.

The old "schlockbusters" ad used to be on youtube but I can no longer find it. Shame as it was a fun ad.

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9 points · 1 month ago

They started just making bad, low-budget films. Then they began to attract an audience who found them amusing and "so bad, it's good". Sci-Fi slowly realized this and they started to lean into it making intentionally goofy, campy low-budget movies. This was pretty much the point where they began to attract some more mainstream attention because the concept was so intentionally over the top.

But yes, for years and years they kept making them unironically. Sci-Fi kept funding them because they were all made on a budget of around $1 million, which is less than was spent per episode on Stargate SG-1 or Battlestar Galactica. Lower viewership figures didn't unbalance the cost savings.

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2 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

Never heard of Troma?

The Guardians of the Galaxy guy made his entire career off of hilarious X-rated movies like this, and a similarly-themed "PG Porn."

I was fucking shocked Disney ever hired him in the first place...

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A Troma movie, some snacks, a large supply of beer one or two good friends and an appropriate drinking game pretty much guarantee a good time to be had.

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They going for it’s so bad it’s good

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The first one actually has an 82% on Rotten Tomatoes. Oddly, the IMDB score is 3.3/10. Odd that there’s such a big discrepancy.

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The first one wasn't. It sucked soooo bad and wasn't supposed to be a joke but everyone made fun of it so hard that they started making them so bad they're funny on purpose

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73 points · 1 month ago

The pay checks kept getting bigger

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Holy fucking shit there are six?!

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I lost track at 4, I'm surprised.

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103 points · 1 month ago

”IT’S A SHARKNADO, WOULD THE SKIES NOT BE DARK IN A SHARKNADO?!

”yeah but...”

”THATS WHAT I THOUGHT”

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"today I learned I learned"

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Well he just learned that he learned it.

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You gonna learn learn today.

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Smh my head

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9 points · 1 month ago

RIP in peace

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2 points · 1 month ago

RAS Syndrome.

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2 points · 1 month ago

ATM Machine

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2 points · 1 month ago

Today 2(I learned)

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2 Today 2 Learned

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-5 points · 1 month ago(1 child)
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#metoo

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121 points · 1 month ago

on sort of the opposite end of this, Samual L Jackson wanted to be in Snakes on a Plane, because he loved the title, script unseen.

at some point they wanted to change the title to something more standard, like "flight 700" or something like that, Jackson said he would pull out of the project immediately if they did that.

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31 points · 1 month ago

Haven’t he also joked about being ready for a sequel?

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SOAP is such a great bad movie.

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19 points · 1 month ago

That title. RIP in peace

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19 points · 1 month ago

TILIL that Sharknado

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826 points · 1 month ago

Can't blame 'em.

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New one I think plays tonight on Science fiction channel.

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What a funny coincidence 🤔

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2 points · 1 month ago

Reddit - home of corporate adverts and social media manipulation.

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10 points · 1 month ago

“TIL I learned”

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I think this is the best Reddit post title I've ever seen lmao

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Copied directly from the top r/movies thread OP found the article on

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4 points · 1 month ago

People who repost without cross-posting are the worst scum.

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42 points · 1 month ago

I’m pretty sure it’s just a covert ad for the new movie debuting tonight.

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16 points · 1 month ago

today i learned i learned

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All except for Tara Reid. She leaned into it 3 sequels deep.

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Today I learned I learned

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4 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

I worked on sharknado. Can confirm call sheet said Dark Skies.

Edit: I can probably provide call sheets that show it’s called dark skies

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“TIL I Learned”

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Original Poster2 points · 1 month ago

Just realized why everyone was commenting TIL I learned.......

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Because you are saying "Today I learned I learned..."

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The plot for the final movie is megaladon vs t-rex. That's got Oscar written all over it

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2 points · 1 month ago

That's so hilarious. Was this before they got to the finale in the script though? The end of that movie....

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But... they read the script, right?

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The script was procured on-site.

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A true classic.

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Darkshano would have been a better name.

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Today you learned you learned that?

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Original Poster3 points · 1 month ago

Guys I get the point...😂

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Today I learned I learned

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I don’t usually care for repost because it typically means I have spent too much tine on Reddit, but this has the exact same title as it did just yesterday ..

Why is there an ad push for Sharknado of all movies. Is there a new one coming out?

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Cult classic

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It's manufactured to be so.

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2 points · 1 month ago

Kinda like Scientology.

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And hey, it worked out well in the end that it made multiple sequels right? A terribly good movie!

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Wasnt dark skies an alien movie

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2 points · 1 month ago

Yes

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That's pretty much "The Asylum" way to do buisness.. They lie and confuse people to watch their garbage to

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Multiple movies of this but of course yeah..cancel..the expanse. Cause why not, the world doesn't NEED to make any kind of sense now does it.

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They were too shitty to get decent acting jobs anyway. What were they thinking??

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TRAP CARD ACTIVATED

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This link has an extra "comments" anchor on the end that shouldn't be there. Better link: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/oh-hell-yeah-an-oral-history-of-the-sharknado-franchise

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Gottem

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Sharknado rocks, when I got my blu ray of Sharknado I tossed out all my Godfather movies along with Citizen Kane, The Shining, The Social Network etc..because there's just no comparison

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"Today I learned I Learned"

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1 point · 1 month ago

Sharknado sounds like a Japanese ice cream.

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Wait... You are telling me there is more than one of these movies?

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lmao too funny

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Don't really believe it. You can find actors for ED commercials and daytime soaps and Lifetime movies and Air Bud sequels. They'll take the check.

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There was a great TV series called "Dark Skies". A man and his wife living in the 1960s learn about Majestic, men in black and black ops. They gather proof to show that every major event in human history was due to alien interference. They are on the run and in disguise throughout the whole series. GREAT STORY PREMISE!

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