Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! is a 2015 American made-for-television action comedy horror film and the third installment in the Sharknado film series, following Sharknado and Sharknado 2: The Second One. The film was directed by Anthony C. Ferrante with Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo, and Mark McGrath reprising their roles from the previous installments. Also joining the cast are David Hasselhoff, Bo Derek, Ryan Newman (replacing Aubrey Peeples in the role of Claudia Shepard, from the first film), and Jack Griffo.
|Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!|
Theatrical release poster
|Written by||Thunder Levin|
|Directed by||Anthony C. Ferrante|
|Theme music composer|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Producer(s)||David Michael Latt|
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Budget||US$ 2.4 million|
|Preceded by||Sharknado 2: The Second One|
|Followed by||Sharknado: The 4th Awakens (2016)|
|Related shows||Lavalantula (2015)|
Irish music duo Jedward wrote and performed the film's official theme song "Oh Hell No", and also had a brief cameo in the film.
While sharknado fighter Fin Shepard is in Washington, D.C. to receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom from the president, another sharknado strikes, devastating the nation's capital. Fin and the president work together to defeat the sharks, and the storm unexpectedly subsides. Fearing that April, who is at Universal Orlando with their daughter Claudia and her mother May, is in danger, Fin heads for Florida. On his way there, he encounters a "fognado", which is stopped by Nova Clarke, his former employee, who has become a hardened sharknado storm tracker, and her partner Lucas Stevens.
They stop at a military airport where they get clearance to use a fighter jet to bomb other forming sharknados. Lucas sacrifices himself to blow up a sharknado so that Nova and Fin can escape. They detonate a bomb in a sharknado over the Coke Zero Sugar 400 race. After crash landing in Orlando at the Universal Orlando Resort, they begin to search for the rest of the family. They are not able to get in touch with Claudia since she left her phone behind earlier, but April retrieves it from one of the ride managers who held on to it. Eventually, Fin and Nova reunite with April, Claudia, her new boyfriend Billy, and May who have survived the sharknado that has hit the theme park. They then rush to take cover inside the Universal Orlando globe, which rolls around admist chaotic fleeing crowds before coming to rest atop Pharos Lighthouse.
Realizing that the numerous storms will soon combine into a massive sharknado wall that will destroy the entire East Coast (dubbed the "Feast Coast" by the media), Fin calls in a favor from his estranged father, former NASA colonel Gil Shepard, to help him with a risky plan to destroy the storm from space. Gil, Fin, April, and Nova reach Cape Canaveral where they plan to use a top-secret Space Shuttle to blow up tanks of rocket fuel in the storm. They head inside to prepare, while Claudia and Billy fend off incoming sharks by using guns. They share a kiss and begin to head back inside, but Billy is killed when a shark lands on him. While Nova clears a path, Gil, Fin, and April launch into space where they detonate the external tank, but it fails to stop the wall of sharknados. Gil deploys "Plan B", activating a Reagan-era Strategic Defense Initiative satellite laser weapon, stranding himself in space since there is not enough fuel to propel all of them back to Earth. This time, the sharknados are destroyed, but the beam causes the sharks to propel into space, attacking the shuttle. Fin fights them off using an energy-beam chainsaw; he and April are eaten by two different sharks which fall back down to Earth. Though the sharks are charred from atmospheric entry, Fin emerges from his shark unharmed and discovers that April also safely returned the same way, and that she had given birth during the descent. As the family and Nova reunite, Fin names his newborn son after his father, who has landed on the moon. April is about to recover Fin's father's badge when a Shuttle fragment apparently crushes her.
- Ian Ziering as Fin Shepard
- Tara Reid as April Wexler, Fin's wife
- Cassie Scerbo as Nova Clarke, a former waitress at Fin's restaurant
- Bo Derek as May Wexler, April's mother
- Mark McGrath as Martin Brody, Fin's brother-in-law
- Frankie Muniz as Lucas Stevens, Nova's partner
- Ryan Newman as Claudia Shepard, Fin and April's daughter
- Mark Cuban as President Marcus Robbins
- Jack Griffo as Billy, a guy who befriends Claudia at the amusement park.
- David Hasselhoff as Gilbert Grayson Shepard, Fin's father and a former NASA colonel
- Blair Fowler as Jess, Claudia's friend
- Michael Winslow as Brian "Jonesy" Jones
- Michelle Beadle as Agent Argyle
- Ne-Yo as Agent Devoreaux
- Chris Jericho as Bruce the ride attendant
- Ann Coulter as Vice President Sonia Buck
- Melvin Gregg as Chad
- Christopher Judge as Lead Agent Model
- Grant Imahara as Lodge
- Lou Ferrigno as Agent Banner
- Lorenzo Lamas as Sergeant Rock
- Kim Richards as Babs Jansen, a park attendant at Universal Studios Orlando [a]
- Benjamin Bronk as Preacher
- Bill Engvall as Gary Martin Hayes, the White House Chief of Staff
- Jackie Collins as herself
- Cindy Margolis as Ms. Litella
- Kellita Smith as Sergeant Roberta Warren
- Maria Menounos as C.J. Sorkin
- Keltie Knight as Alves
- Reza Farahan as Park Police Guard #1
- Robert Klein as Mayor of New York
- Anthony Weiner as NASA Director Regina
- Tim Russ as General Gottlieb
- Maryse Ouellet Mizanin as Park Police Guard #2
- Ryan Kerrigan as Technician Garber
- Renee Willett as Technician
- Lonnie Magargle as Steve the ride attendant
- Rick Fox as Principle SSA Webb
- Ron Starrantino as Private Kelly
- Jerry Springer as Mr. White
- Ray J as Tom Major
- Genevieve Morton as Guest at the White House
- Penn Jillette as Lieutenant Colonel Stylo
- Teller as Major Caissier
- Joey Logano as himself
- Brad Keselowski as himself
- Kendra Wilkinson as Flo
- Bobak Ferdowski as Matt Mason
- Holly Madison as Lieutenant Harrison
- Harvey Levin as Lester Williams
- Derek Caldwell as Airman Ray
- Josh Barnett as Sergeant Richards
- Max Kellerman as Airman Joseph
- Yasmin Yeganeh as Specialist Atkins
- Gerald "Slink" Johnson as Lieutenant Jared
- Darcy Demoss as Airman #1
- Jorge Bernal as Bernie
- Marcellus Wiley as Spl. Iverson
- Chris Kirkpatrick as Lifeguard
- Tom Compton as Reporter
- Michele Bachmann as herself
- Brian Mitchell as Technician Howe
- Jessalyn Gerbholz as Universal Park Patrons
- Kelly Colbourne as Universal Park Patrons
- Diana Terranova as The Bride
- George R.R. Martin as himself
- Matt Lauer as himself
- Al Roker as himself
- Natalie Morales as herself
- Savannah Guthrie as herself
- Kathie Lee Gifford as herself
- Hoda Kotb as herself
- Elvis Duran as himself
- Alexis Ohanian as himself
- Jared S. Fogle as himself[b]
- Tony Pace as himself
- George H. Diller as himself[c]
- Bill Davis as himself[d]
- Doug Burdinski as Douglas Vortex
- Frank Kramer as himself[e]
- Heidi Decker as herself[e]
- Avalon Stone as Carly
- Juliana Ferrante[f] as Juliana
- Anthony C. Ferrante as NASA Launch Director Marymee
- Petunia as herself[g]
Sharknado 3 was filmed on location at Universal Orlando, São Paulo Brazil, Northern New Jersey, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.
The role of the President was written with former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin in mind, but she declined. The part was then offered to businessman Donald Trump, but he declined the role due to him preparing a real presidential campaign.
Rotten Tomatoes reports a 36% score with an average rating of 3.9/10, based on 33 critics. The consensus reads: "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! bites off more than it can chew, leaving viewers with an overlong mess that isn't even bad enough to be good." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 53 out of a 100, which indicates mixed or average reviews based on 19 critics.
Brian Lowry of Variety said the self-reference gag was beginning to yield diminishing returns. He further added that the question is whether the parent company's insatiable appetite to cash in would hasten the feeding frenzy. Don Kaplan of The New York Daily News said the movie left a fishy taste behind. Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times said Sharknado 3's absurdities was turned to funny levels. He also said it was shameless in certain ways, with one being product placement. Matt Fowler from IGN said the film is surprisingly awful.
Sharknado 4 was confirmed to follow upon Sharknado 3's premiere. The film concludes with a cliffhanger leaving open the question as to whether April is killed by falling wreckage. An ad campaign that commenced after the film promoted a Twitter campaign offering fans the chance to decide her fate with the hashtags "#AprilLives" or "#AprilDies", with the results to be revealed in Sharknado 4. The fourth installment aired on July 31, 2016.
A promotional trailer reveals that Ziering also makes an appearance as Fin Shepard in Lavalantula, which debuted on July 25, 2015, the Saturday after Sharknado 3's Wednesday premiere. This indicates that it takes place in a shared universe. As he says he has "shark problems right now", this may indicate that the events of Lavalantula take place just before or concurrent with Sharknado 3. Steve Guttenberg, the star of Lavalantula, appears in Sharknado: The 4th Awakens", reprising the role of Colton West in cameo; Michael Winslow also appears in both films, but as different characters.
- Character name from the movie Animal House, in which "Babs Jansen" ultimately becomes a tour guide at Universal Studios Hollywood.
- The scenes concerning Jared Fogle were cut from the SyFy broadcast following his legal issues prior to the film's premiere.
- George Diller is the real-life public affairs announcer at NASA.
- Bill Davis is the real-life president of Universal Orlando. He has a cameo as a greeter at the ticket gate.
- Heidi Decker and Frank Kramer of The Heidi & Frank Show radio show on Dish Nation had cameos as radio hosts.
- Juliana Ferrante is director Anthony C. Ferrante's daughter.
- Petunia is a stuffed animal possum who has regular cameo appearances in the Sharknado series.
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