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'Sharknado' heads toward Triad theaters

July 27, 2013


July 27--A sharknado is going to hit the Triad next weekend.

The campy TV movie "Sharknado" -- about a storm system that picks up hungry, dizzy and angry killer sharks along its path of destruction and rains them down on Los Angeles -- is getting a one-time theatrical showing at 12:05 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, on more than 200 theaters around the country, including the Grand 18 Winston-Salem at 5601 University Parkway and the Greensboro Grande Stadium 16 in Greensboro.

The film is quickly earning a cult following after two broadcasts on the Syfy channel, the first of which on July 11 led to more than 400,000 comments on social media and plenty of jokes from late-night TV comics. Ian Ziering ("Beverly Hills 90210") and Tara Reid ("American Pie," "Scrubs") are among the stars.

The film was produced by The Asylum, a film studio known for cheesy monster movies such as "Mega Piranha" and "Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus" as well as low-budget "mockbusters" that play off the titles of major theatrical films, such as "The Da Vinci Treasure," "Snakes on a Train" and "I Am Omega."

Unfortunately, because "Sharknado" made its debut on television rather than on the big screen, it will likely have to settle for sweeping the Emmy awards rather than the Oscars.

The theatrical screening will include bonus never-before-seen footage. Tickets for "Sharknado" are available through Tickets are $12.50. Starting Tuesday, tickets will also be available at the Grand 18 box office.

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