TV movie “Sharknado is a hit on social media - MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

TV movie “Sharknado is a hit on social media

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The SyFy Channel followed a recipe as timeless as the 450-million-year-old monster it selected as its key ingredient, Thursday: Take thousands of sharks, use a hurricane to herd them toward Los Angeles, stick those predators in tornadoes, then drop them on flooded streets and you get "Sharknado" -- TV horror movie gold and a social media tsunami.

"It's the summertime," Silverback Social CEO Chris Dessi said. "People are bored. They're on Twitter. They see something that's funny on the SyFy Channel and they want to be a part of it."

Dessi helps companies grow and network and promote using the Internet. Like most we found, he opted not to watch the Sharknado premiere, but did see the trailer gather more than 700,000 YouTube hits in two days and watch "#sharknado" trend nationally on Twitter at a pace of 5,000 tweets per minute.

"That's unheard of," Dessi said. "It's interesting. It's fascinating, but it's also symptematic of what happens on Twitter."

Spoiler Alert: At one point, the male lead in Sharknado exclaims: "Just can't sit back and watch this." But apparently some people somewhere in the real world did sit back and watch. And they were so impressed (amused? disturbed? saddened?) they took to the Internet to tell their friends.

"It's just like: Whoa. Out of control. Like seriously out of control," one man told Fox 5.

"I guess people like spectacle," a young woman near Hunter College said. "Anything a little stupid they'll watch."

Not all who shared thoughts and reactions were funny guys or bad-TV afficionados either. The American Red Cross tweeted out a list of preparedness tips to survive a real Sharknado.

"It's so outlandish and ridiculous," one man said. "People need comic relief."

It seems safe we won't offend anyone by calling this a terrible movie. Terribly awesome, Yes -- but still terrible.

"It's so bad it's good, right? It's juicy," Dessi said.

And thanks to social media, this B/C/D-list made-for-TV movie received as much online buzz as a more major motion picture.

"I think it's fantastic for a movie like that," Dessi said. "Frankly, I think it's kind of genius."

If nothing else, it now assures us we haven't seen the last Anonymous Rex, Frankenfish or Sharknado (YouTube those titles if you want to see more).

  • EntertainmentMore>>

  • Christopher Nolan, Matthew McConaughey surprise fans at Comic-Con

    Christopher Nolan, Matthew McConaughey surprise fans at Comic-Con

    Comic-Con got off to a great start Thursday when the Paramount panel abruptly ushered off Megan Fox mid-Q&A, replacing her with a surprise appearance.
    Comic-Con got off to a great start Thursday when the Paramount panel abruptly ushered off Megan Fox mid-Q&A, replacing her with a surprise appearance.
  • Kim Kardashian shares North West's first steps

    Kim Kardashian shares North West's first steps

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's daughter North West reached a big milestone this week: The 1-year-old took her first steps!
    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's daughter North West reached a big milestone this week: The 1-year-old took her first steps!
  • Dwayne Johnson hosts 'Hercules' screening for NYC children

    Dwayne Johnson hosts 'Hercules' screening for NYC children

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:30:48 GMT
    When he's not slaying three-headed beasts with his olive-wood club, Hercules carves out time for the little people. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson treated fans from the Harlem Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC to an advance screening of his new film. I caught up with the larger-than-life action hero after the big surprise.
    When he's not slaying three-headed beasts with his olive-wood club, Hercules carves out time for the little people. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson treated fans from the Harlem Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC to an advance screening of his new film. I caught up with the larger-than-life action hero after the big surprise.
Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices