The Sharknado Trilogy

Music By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            The only attention I ever paid to the trilogy of Sharknado movies that aired on the Syfy Channel was to scoff at the silliness of the idea.  Harking back to the cheesy horror movies of the old days, Sharknado stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid as Fin and April, an estranged married couple struggling to survive after a freak hurricane hits Los Angeles releasing some of the deadliest sharks of the world on the city. 

            Of course, there had to be a sequel.  Sharknado 2: The Second One finds the couple in New York, where April is promoting her new book about surviving sharknados and other unnatural disasters.  Don't you know that the sharknado heads to New York as well and the couple, along with Fin's sister (Kari Wuhrer), brother-in-law (Mark McGrath) and childhood friend (Vivica A. Fox), must find a way to survive. 

            And along came Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, in which the sharknado causes destruction in Washington, D.C. before heading down the East Coast all the way to Orlando, Florida. This time, David Hasselhoff and Bo Derek join Tara Reid and Ian Ziering, as Fin's father and mother. 

            For some reason, these cheesy horror flicks involving flying killer sharks have done well in the Nielson Ratings and have a large fan base.  In October 2014, Lakeshore Records released the soundtracks of Sharknado 1 and 2 digitally, releasing them on CD in November.  In July 2015, Lakeshore Records released the Sharkando 3: Oh Hell No! Soundtrack digitally, with the CD to be released in August.  I recently got to check them all out. 

            The Sharknado Soundtrack features musical score by Iranian-American composer Ramin Kousha, who developed a love of composing at an early age.  By the time he turned eighteen, he decided to move from Iran to the United States to pursue his dream of film scoring.  In addition to a number of film shorts, Kousha has composed the film score for such feature films as FiveThirteen, A Separate Life, Closure, Charsoo and Abstraction.  The musical score created for Sharknado features a mix of orchestral and electronic sound with a great deal of action mixed with some darker undertones.  Action sequences feature fast strokes on violins, electric guitar riffs, heavy percussion and crashing cymbals.  The track titles are as silly as the movie premise.

            The Sharknado 2: The Second One Soundtrack features musical score by the scoring team of Chris Ridenhour and Christopher Cano.  Christopher Ridenhour is an American composer who worked on various projects before coming to The Asylum, a film production company known for recreating or building upon cult classic scifi, fantasy and horror films.  The Asylum also happens to be the distributor of all three Sharknado films.  Christopher Cano is also an American composer who also has created a number of scores for The Asylym.  The collaborative efforts of Ridenhour and Cano have brought us a score that is a mix of orchestral and electronic sound, but unlike the first Sharknado Soundtrack, this score features a great deal of heroic horn fanfare and is heavier on percussion, electronic sound, synths and reverb.  Silly track titles are back, but I don't think they can top the original.

            The Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Soundtrack is all about the songs, featuring music by Camper Van Beethoven, Dead Kennedy's East Bay Ray, Eddie Cole and Dave Days.  There are original songs like Shark Rain and Long Way to Go (Sharknado), covers of original songs like Wave of Mutilation and That's When I Reach for My Revolver and instrumentals, including a strange remix of the Jaws Theme by Justin Lassen.  The music is mainly alternative rock with some instrumental tracks mixed in.  The lyrics are fairly silly, especially those of The Ballad of Sharknado by Quint and Long Way to Go (Sharknado) by Camper Van Beethoven.

            Surprisingly, the Sharknado Soundtrack listening experience wasn't horrific.  In fact, the musical scores of the movies are rather good - so serious sounding that you forget this is a tongue-in-cheek cheesy scifi/horror film.  The songs are mainly tongue-in-cheek, but definitely go along with the cheesy horror style of the movies.  All-in-all, I think that fans of the film will actually be delighted to get their hands on these soundtracks, even Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! if only for the laughable lyrics.


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