Netflix A-Z: Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)

Continuing on with our Netflix journey is a sudden change of heart, mostly because I’m having a feeling my original one would be all about the feels and well, I’m not down for that right now.  I just want to watch a fun movie and shut my brain off.  With that said, for those you who don’t know, I’m a huge fan of Sharknado.  You can read the review HERE! I watched that back in 2014 for the Halloween marathon, and I’ve been meaning to watch the second one since then and just never did. I think the key with sequels is the fear that the second won’t live up to the thrills of the first one, especially in the case of Asylum movies.  Still, it seemed like time to check it out!

Let’s go! 🙂

Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)

Sharknado 2

Director: Anthony C. Ferrantes

Cast: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, Courtney Baxter, Dante Palminteri, Judd Hirsch

When Fin & April are on their way to New York, a Category 7 Hurricane spawns Heavy rain, winds, storm surges, & deadly Sharknadoes. And it’s up to Fin & April to save the Big Apple from total devastation.-IMDB

 Back in the Sharknado-verse sure feels great! Sharknado 2 is not better than Sharknado, not by a long shot but the heart of what Sharknado is is no doubt will there. Its full of bad CGI, overacting, and plain suspension of belief crazy to the next level. But, Sharknado was exactly like that and its kind of Asylum’s staple.  This is the sort of movie you shut off your brain and logic, turn it on and just enjoy.  You will cringe and laugh at the movies and roll your eyes and say WTF, but that’s okay because the movie doesn’t take itself seriously so we don’t have to either.  The key is to be larger than life, amplifying the Sharknado into a bigger damage than before in a much bigger Sharknardo than the one in Los Angeles in the first film but now its in the busy New York. What’s great is that the main cast is back with Ian Ziering playing Fin and Tara Reid playing his wife, April.  They are famous for the Los Angeles incident, Fin can’t deal with the popularity, April writes a book about it and they are there to have a family meet up and mend some relationships, except, they get caught up in this EF5 Sharknado.  All this is amplified with what I think is even worse CGI than the first one and that’s when I wonder, how? I know they are out to make a guilty pleasure, so bad its good sort of film but you’d think that with the popularity that Sharknado pulled in, they’d have a little more to work with.  Maybe I’m wrong? I didn’t check the budget and I don’t plan to so let’s just leave it at that because I’m a fan of the first one so I can easily forgive it.

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Talking badass, no one quite beats Ian Ziering’s Fin who just ups the level of crazy.   Its like the producers or screenwriters or director sat together at a table and was brainstorming what he could do to just blow this out of proportion.  I mean, how do you beat a man surviving being eaten by a shark in the first one.  If you didn’t see the first one, I’m sorry to have spoiled it for you but trust me, that doesn’t matter.  If you like this sort of movie, it makes no difference. Fin this time treats the sharks in a fearful but taunting death sort of way and kind of pulls up his courage and just does it. That’s what makes his personality so fun to watch.  He’s a chain-sawing toting, sword welding, shark hopping type of guy.  You know he’s going to survive this second Sharknado even before you finish and no matter what happens in the process.  Everyone around him, well, let’s not make any guarantees just yet.

Sharknado 2

I’m not a fan of Tara Reid.  I’m just not.  The last film, she redeemed herself a little in a matching way to the tone of Sharknado but this one, nope. Tara Reid kind of scared me.  Her acting was WAY over, like Sharknado is overacting but she was over over the top that it kind of made roll my eyes in the bad way and not laugh at the movie.  However, that scene up there as absurd as it is was the best part of her role.

I think in general, that’s the issue with Sharknado 2.  In the first one, I mention that all can be forgiven because its okay that everyone knows they are in a crisis and they need to do what they need to do.  Shift all the stupid issues aside and just take care of business but in this one, there are lot of talky moments in the most ridiculous times.  I like that Fin and his brother in law’s character rekindle their bromance and its fun to watch but when they try to work it out or April and Fin are talking it out, or Fin’s old flame played by Vivica A. Fox is reminiscing the past, its a little too much for the situation than I would have hoped. I know that Sharknado might want to give these characters a backstory but in no disrespect meant here and fully applauding them is that Sharknado isn’t about the story, its about having fun watching a bad movie with almost nothing that makes sense and just having a good time.

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I couldn’t resist putting this scene in because in the most ridiculous ways, its hilarious to watch this absurdity go down. Yet, its a memorable movie moment.  There really isn’t much more to say about Sharknado so I’m just going to wrap it up.

Overall, Sharknado 2 doesn’t live up to the ultimate “so bad its good” vibe from the first one but for those who appreciate the brainless guilty pleasure movies, this is still a decent choice.  There are many absurd moments to laugh about.  There are lots of sharks to see flying above and twisting in a tornado or attacking and being attacked.  There’s Fin being his usual bad-ass self that I truly love.  Sure, there’s a bit more stupid relationship/family issues brought up and Tara Reid is not good but that doesn’t ruin what Sharknado 2 offers. Of course, Sharknado 2 isn’t for everyone. Its only reserved for those who can not take a movie seriously once in a while and give your brain a break.  I promise you, you won’t need it for this 95 mins.  Just have fun and laugh! That’s what its about! 🙂

Have you seen Sharknado 2? What do you think of it? Are you fan of the first Sharknado?

Halloween Marathon: Hansel & Gretel (Video 2013)

First of all, I’d like to apologize for the next B-Horror that I ended up skipping with the same votes as this one.  Its because I realized its part of this 1313 series and I felt like I should probably see other ones.  Its kind of a weird thing I have with trying to watch things in order.  So I decided to watch this one instead.  Also, you’ll see that I’ve chosen less B-horror because Friday the 13th franchise is already a rather low-budget sort of thing and could easily pass for this (at least I think it does without looking deeper into the budget and whatnot because its really not my thing).

So, here we are: Hansel & Gretel.  Not the Witch Hunter one with Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton.  I already reviewed that one last year right HERE. This one is from Asylum and is not set in the past but its very much in the present.  What intrigued me was that its directed by Anthony Ferrantes which is also the director of Sharknado 🙂

hansel and gretel posterDirector: Anthony C. Ferrantes

Cast: Dee Wallace, Stephanie Greco, Brent Lydic, Jasper Cole, Sara Fletcher, Clark Perry, Steve Hanks

The modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel.  Gretel (Stepanie Greco) works at a The Gingerbread House and after a disagreement with her brother Hansel (Brent Lydic), she goes to look for him in the woods where they used to go with their deceased mother.  Once there, she finds Hansel hurt and takes him to a nearby cabin which turns out to be owned by her boss, Lilith (Dee Wallace).  They end up being held captive and trying to find a way out.

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What is there to say about Hansel and Gretel? If you carry Sharknado’s expectations into Hansel and Gretel, you will most likely be disappointed.  Its far from being as fun as watching sharks twirling in the sky along with a gun-wielding man shooting in the sky to protect his family.  I didn’t loathe this movie.  It wasn’t boring, even if it was about to hit that area.  Its super predictable, as you’d expect from Asylum.  The story is been there done that anyways.  Still, I felt oddly indifferent at the end.  I didn’t hate it but I didn’t like it either.  I guess I liked parts of it? Where do I start?

hansel and gretel

Hansel and Gretel is a good place to begin.  I actually wanted to punch Hansel in the face at the beginning because I really didn’t know if he was a teenager or some university student or something like that. Gretel seemed like such a do-gooder also because she worked hard.  Either way, Hansel was just whiny and a glutton because he ate sweets all the time.  I mean, I emphasize sweets because the movie emphasizes that also.  Like I get this is a Hansel and Gretel movie and in the actual fairy tale, Hansel is the one that falls for the witch’s tricks and gets pumped fat and almost gets killed.  At least thats what I remember.  Its just so in your face about it.  But thats okay, its Asylum and they do that.  He’s just so intolerable as a character and then in the middle he turns right around and turns into the most useful person in the world because he knows how to pick locks (despite being clumsy) and he stays calm and collected (for the most part) and he gets all down to business.  I totally liked that Hansel more but correlation and continuity, whatever you call it, the character didn’t develop, he just flipped.  Maybe thats what danger is supposed to do to you?

If anyone is convincing (most of the time), its this lady below, Dee Wallace playing the “witch”. She was pretty batshit crazy and on top of that, she was really creepy.  I could believe that she was a witch without her ever shifting form.  Sure, the script doesn’t give a whole lot of scares but when she was on screen, especially the sudden burst of anger.  That was pretty creepy.  Hansel and Gretel

There was one thing that I have to mention.  Hitting the middle when all hell breaks loose and Hansel and Gretel know whats going on and they try to break out and all that happens afterwards, there’s some pretty cringe-worthy scenes.  Maybe they look fake, maybe they don’t.  It was just super disgusting. There was one part I had to look away because it just made me mega nauseous.  I usually have pretty good tolerance with this sort of thing but this time, I just had to turn away in those few parts when they were making a getaway inside the house.  I’m still debating whether that part was necessary or it was just added for the sake of making it nauseating.

As I write this I realize how to describe this.  It was inconsistent.  The characters had sudden flip in personality (like Hansel’s example) and the style went from somewhat tame to revolting.  It was just like a switch went on and they just realized that they had to change the pace suddenly so there was no transition.  Oh right, and the ending was so obvious too.  It was a really cheap attempt to add a twist.  Honestly, I’m not saying I hated or liked this.  That would imply that I actually cared and I don’t really care that much. Trust me, I’m not being harsh because my expectations are always low when it comes to Asylum productions.

Have you seen Asylum’s version of Hansel and Gretel?