WATCH: Inside the Sharknado—Mockbusters, Remix Culture, and the Earnestness of Camp


"The government's not prepared, man," says Judah Friedlander, castmember of Sharknado 2: The Second One, when asked if FEMA would respond to a sharknado effectively. "But Ian Ziering is."

Reason TV talked to Friedlander, Ziering, and director Anthony C. Ferrante about the upcoming sequel to the wildly popular TV movie Sharknado, which became a cultural phenomenon inspiring almost 5,000 tweets a minute and netting SyFy network more viewers than any other original program had ever done before.

Reason TV also spoke to David Rimawi, CEO of The Asylum, the production and distribution company that made Sharknado and has created a name for itself as a producer of low-budget "mockbuster" movies like Snakes on a Train, Transmorphers, and The Terminators, which consistently push the limits of intellectual property law.

Sharknado 2: The Second One premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on SyFy.

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Approximately 4 minutes. Produced by Zach Weissmueller. Camera by Tracy Oppenheimer, Alexis Garcia, and Weissmueller.