‘Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!’ Made 2 Billion Twitter Impressions
To all of you Sharknado naysayers out there, it's time to admit defeat. Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, SyFy's third installment of the bafflingly popular campy movie franchise, scored huge on social media during its initial airing last night (July 22).
According to Deadline, the film made for more than 2 billion Twitter impressions during its airing, slaughtering its previous impressions of a mere 1 billion with Sharknado 2: The Second One. Even more insane is that the movie generated more activity on Twitter than every episode from the final season of Mad Men, and more activity than Hillary Clinton’s presidential announcement did.
Celebrity cameos, an important part of the Sharknado phenomenon, ran rampant in Sharknado 3, from Mark Cuban and Ann Coulter ruling the White House to notable former boybander Chris Kirkpatrick working at Universal Studios, to Ne-Yo, Frankie Muniz and countless others. But the celeb cameo that met the most satisfying end of all was probably Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, notorious for killing off beloved characters.
And just in case three installments of a movie whose main premise continues to be about destroying a deadly tornado full of sharks isn't enough for you, don't worry. A fourth version of the franchise has already received a greenlight from SyFy.
If you're wondering where Sharknado could possibly go from here, director Anthony C. Ferrante's already got a few ideas. Since he's conquered sharks-in-space, Ferrante, wants to take Sharknado overseas. He said (via CNN), "I want to do international. There are still U.S. cities that I want to destroy. But it's less about the cities, and it's more about, what are we going to do with Ian (Ziering) and Tara [Reid], and what genres do we want to play with?"
But wait! Did you get tripped up when we mentioned "sharks-in-space" up there? That's okay, we'll explain. One of the best parts of the film, beautifully preserved in gif form, is the ascension and introduction of the sharks to outer space. There, they eat astronauts and can breathe perfectly fine, which is the greatest plot twist in the history of cinema. See a few choice gifs of these moments below, and then head over to UpRoxx to see even more.
Amazing! We think @CollegeTownLife said it best with their Sharknado-related tweet.