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You’d think that after two movies, the minds behind the Sharknado movies would run out of absurd ways to pit Ian Ziering’s heroic Fin Shepard against dozens of airborne sharks. But the aptly named Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! continues to boldly go where no Sharknado movie has gone before, sending those six-finned, two-eyed flying grey people eaters from Washington D.C. to Orlando to, believe it or not, outer space. It was tough to pick just 10 ridiculous moments out of that whirlwind of insanity, but here’s our list of Sharknado 3’s craziest moments, memorialized in GIF form.
In the long-awaited match-up of Shark vs. Hulk, first blood goes to the Shark. While trying to escort Vice President Ann Coulter (shudder when you read those words) to safety, O.G. Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno — who didn’t need any CGI to look like a giant, green monster back in the ‘70s — ends up as an entrée on the Sharknado menu. On the other hand, the shark that felled him cheated by attacking from behind, so the Hulk triumphed in spirit… even as he lost his flesh.
Displaying the same inventiveness and nimble thinking that he could only have learned as the frontman for Sugar Ray, Mark McGrath saves Veep Coulter’s life by convincing her to surf down a watery staircase past some snapping sharks. Their surfboards? Portraits of Washington and Lincoln, of course. “You can’t do that!” Coulter says half-heartedly, before hopping on top of Washington’s painted face and hanging ten on her way to safety.
A Monument-al Disaster
After the invading Sharknado hoists the Washington Monument into the sky, they use it as a pointy missile to take out President Mark Cuban’s place of residence. (Fortunately, President Cuban and veteran Sharknado-battler, Fin Shepard, leap out the front window just in time.) Olympus truly has fallen, along with the city’s towering tourist attraction.
Slip and Slide
Not content to let McGrath and Coulter enjoy some aquatic recreation, an eager shark lands on one of the waterslides at the Universal Studios theme park in Orlando and rides it all the way into a pool filled with screaming victims. Nice to see that the shark obeyed waterslide etiquette by riding forwards, not backwards. Although, really, it also should have gone down on its back, and not its stomach.
When Jerry Met Jaws
The daytime talk show king illustrates the dangers of taking a time out during a crisis when he scrambles to have his picture snapped with what he believes to be a fake giant shark. Turns out that it’s a real giant shark and Springer’s just offered himself up on a platter. Next on The Jerry Springer Show: “Help! I’ve Lost Half of My Body!”
Now we know the real reason why Hoda and Kathie Lee always have wine bottles at the ready. Because when sharks start dropping from the skies, they’re not going to be left defenseless.
First Kiss, Last Rites
Fin’s daughter and disciple in the Sharknado-fighting department, Claudia (Ryan Newman, taking over from Audrey Peeples), gets her first real boyfriend in Sharknado 3. Unfortunately, their romance is short-lived. Really short-lived. After they lock lips for the first time, the dude becomes instant shark bait, while poor Claudia listens from behind a steel door. Nobody ever said that love is easy, kid.
Use the Force, Fin
What’s the only way to top sending sharks into space? Arming Fin with a lightsaber, of course. His moves may not be Jedi-level yet, but he’s got a pretty good swing for a Padawan.
Eaten Alive… for Real
After losing her hand to a hungry shark in the previous film, April’s entire body is gobbled up in one giant space bite, forcing Fin to literally follow her into the belly of the beast. Talk about indigestion.
Deploy the Shark-Chute
That sound you hear is us applauding as Sharknado 3 gifts us with the craziest shark-related sight we’ve ever seen: a shark’s carcass being used as a space shuttle parachute capsule.