By Rich HeldenfelsAkron Beacon Journal
---- — Not long ago, social media exploded over “Sharknado,” a thoroughly cheesy campfest blending sharks, a tornado, Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and a now-legendary sequence of a chainsaw-carrying Ziering leaping into a giant shark and rescuing a previously consumed woman by carving her out.
Endless replays have followed, along with merchandise, showings of “Sharknado” in movie theaters, and a planned sequel with the fan-recommended name “Sharknado 2: The Second One.”
But Syfy had plenty of crazy shark movies before “Sharknado” and it isn’t waiting for “Sharknado 2” to draw fans back. So welcome “Ghost Shark,” premiering at 9 p.m. Thursday, following a 7 p.m. replay of “Sharknado.”
There’s nothing on the level of the Ziering-chainsaw scene in “Ghost Shark.” Nor is the cast as high on the tackiness scale. The notables in “Ghost Shark” are “Night Court’s” Richard Moll and “7th Heaven’s” Mackenzie Rosman; even with Rosman reshaping her image with a Maxim magazine photo shoot, she and Moll combined take up far less space on TMZ than Tara Reid. But when it comes to simple cinematic quality, “Ghost Shark” is on a par with “Sharknado,” just not as hilariously extreme. If you accept “Sharknado” as transcendently terrible, “Ghost Shark” ends up merely terrible.