The best (and worst) of ‘Sharknado’ as the cheesy film franchise takes its last bite

“Sharknado” is going in for one last kill.

After five campy CGI spectacles stocked with squirm-inducing deaths, Syfy’s unexpected social-media phenomenon is being put out to sea with “The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time” (Sunday, 8 EDT/PDT). The latest cinematic cyclone follows shark-slaying hero Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering), who at the end of last year’s “Sharknado 5: The Global Swarming,” was seen wandering the Earth after it had been destroyed. Now, he must use time travel to stop the Sharknado that started it all and save his family.

“Sharknado” director Anthony C. Ferrante reflects on five jawsome years of the TV gillty pleasure.

Celebrity cameos: A school of guests from the B-list to the D-list have surfaced in the “Sharknado” series, among them: David Hasselhoff, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ann Coulter and Anthony Weiner. Ferrante’s favorites include “Taxi” star Judd Hirsch playing – what else? – a cab driver, and “Airplane!” actor Robert Hays, both of whom appeared in “Sharknado 2.” “I loved ‘Airplane!,’ and the fact that I got to direct Robert Hays playing an airplane pilot was just awesome,” Ferrante says. “We had a lot of cameos in the second movie. It was the beginning of a lot of people (in the series) paying homage to something in their past.”


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