One of the reasons the Sharknado movies work (for me) is that they never get too meta – Anthony Ferrante knows he’s making action-comedies on a fraction of the budget he needs to make them look great, and while there is intentional humor, the absurd premise is always taken seriously and the actors play it as poker-faced as they’re capable of.
Nothing about Heart of Sharkness, a fake documentary about an early Sharknado movie that went bad when the director opted to use real sharks, looks encouraging. Aside from the title, nothing in the trailer even brings a smile to my face. The usual metaphor for overplaying a gimmick doesn’t quite work here, since jumping and sharks have been inherent from day one – so let’s say the mockbuster folks at the Asylum have finally busted their mockery. That works, sorta – right?
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist