LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Syfy’s campy hit “Sharknado,” which set social media on fire when it premiered July 11, hit select theaters nationwide Friday for a one-night only midnight screening.

The director of the film, along with cast members Ian Ziering, John Heard and Tara Reid, were expected to show up for one of the screenings at downtown’s L.A. Live to celebrate the TV movie about sharks falling from the sky.

“‘Sharknado’ is just ridiculous enough, I think, that it’s exploding and it’s getting theatrical releases when even the film director didn’t expect it,” said film critic Witney Seibold, who believes there’s a reason why so many people are talking about the low-budget film, and it’s the same reason why “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is such a phenomena.

“A movie like this is really, really strange, but they’re clearly coming from an honest place. The filmmakers are trying to give you something that they think is really, truly entertaining,” he said.


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