Sharknado, the low budget, Tara Reid-starring movie premiering on Syfy this Thursday, is pretty self explanatory. "Sharks in a tornado," the movie's director Anthony C. Ferrante told the Atlantic Wire in an interview Monday. "It has a simple explanation then you are off and running." The concept is so delightfully absurd, and so direct about it, that the movie already has a legion of online fans. Sharknado may just be—if Ferrante has anything to say about it—the perfect antidote to the self-serious summer blockbuster. "All these summer movies out there that take themselves way too seriously—some of them are really good—but there's that sense of fun that I think audiences want every once in a while," he said. "We try to deliver."
Ferrante is well aware that the idea of a tornado full of sharks is completely ridiculous. "But there's a sincerity in its ridiculousness," he explained. And perhaps it's that sense of sincerity that has won the movie some high-profile boosters on social media. CNN's Jake Tapper tweeted about it. R.L. Stine, king of campy young adult horror, wondered: "Another classic?" And New York Magazine television critic Matt Zoller Seitz said: "I am almost ashamed to admit how much I am looking forward to SyFy's July 11 movie SHARKNADO."