You probably wouldn't do something as silly as blow it on making a movie. Well, not unless you had a really amazing idea, right?
Sharknado was made on a one million dollar budget and has a 3.5/10 rating on IMDB, reviewers citing bad special effects, acting, script and general concept. No surprises there.
Over on Rotten Tomatoes, LA Times' reviewer says gaping plot problems are the point of movies like this, inspire fabulous in-home commentary and great consumption of alcohol. With only 7.5/10 from averaging 11 reviews, Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 91% score.
Syfy ran it 3 times in its premiere month, with viewership increasing each time. A National Weather Service rep joked, "As with any waterspout or tornado, the best advice is to be in an interior part of the lowest floor of a sturdy building and not outside, whether sharks are raining down or not."
It has trended on Twitter thanks to celebrity involvement in discussions, including Wil Wheaton and Olivia Wilde. Syfy has held a Twitter contest for, yup, a title for the sequel. Will it be Shark Night Rises? No, Sharknado 2: The Second One is scheduled to premiere in July 2014.
Wow. Probably the most amazing million dollars Syfy ever spent.
Who greenlights these things?