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RiffTrax takes a comedy bite out of Syfy's global cult sensation in 'RiffTrax Live: Sharknado'

by jmaloni

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Tue, May 13th 2014 03:25 pm
`Sharknado`: Aubrey Peeples as Claudia. (Syfy photo)
"Sharknado": Aubrey Peeples as Claudia. (Syfy photo)

"RiffTrax Live: Sharknado" in select cinemas for two nights only, July 10 and 15

Just when you thought "Sharknado," a movie about mega-cyclones sucking up sharks from the ocean and hurling them onto land, couldn't get any more absurd, the stars of RiffTrax have blown those expectations right out of the water and created a perfect storm of funny. The sidesplitting RiffTrax crew - Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking "Mystery Science Theater 3000") - is set for what may be its most epic event ever as the guys take on the Syfy instant cult classic "Sharknado."

Presented by Fathom Events, RiffTrax, The Asylum, IGN and Syfy, "RiffTrax Live: Sharknado" will be broadcast live from the historic State Theater in Minneapolis to select movie theaters nationwide Thursday, July 10, at 8 p.m. ET, with a second showing Tuesday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. local time.

Tickets for "RiffTrax Live: Sharknado" are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For Minneapolis-area fans, tickets to the live performance at the State Theatre may be purchased online here.

The event will be presented in nearly 650 select movie theaters around the country through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

"Sharknado" premiered on Syfy on July 11, becoming an immediate worldwide sensation, generating nearly 5,000 tweets a minute, and quickly amassing nearly 400,000 social mentions. In August, Fathom Events and The Asylum held a raucous midnight showing in more than 200 theaters nationwide. Fans should also keep an eye out for "Sharknado 2: The Second One," which will premiere Wednesday July 30, at 9/8c on Syfy.

Produced by The Asylum, "Sharknado" is the story of beachside bar regulars including owner Fin (Ian Ziering, "Beverly Hills 90210"), bartender Nova (Casie Scerbo, "Make It Or Break It") and local drunk George (John Heard, "Home Alone") as they team up with Fin's ex-wife, April (Tara Reid, "Scrubs"), to investigate the ecological nightmare that has sharks swimming through the streets of Los Angeles and falling from the skies.

Entertainment Weekly described it as "an hour-and-a-half of ridiculous, slapstick, theatrical, scientifically-impossible fun," and New York Daily News said, " 'Sharknado' is bad to the bone. It's absurd. It's ridiculous. If you're a fan of low-budget horror movies and you miss it, you will regret it for the rest of your life." 

"We're excited to have landed the big fish that is 'Sharknado.' For a long time, we've wanted to do a shark-based movie as well as a tornado-based film, so we think combining the two will be twice as thrilling for our audience," said Nelson, RiffTrax creator and former host of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning "Mystery Science Theater 3000."

"We have had tremendous success separately with both 'Sharknado' and RiffTrax. Putting the two of them together is a marriage made in apocalyptic, flying-shark heaven," said Dan Diamond, senior vice president of Fathom Events. "Fans are going to be, figuratively, and probably literally, rolling on the floor laughing."

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