Summer is a time for sun and hot weather, but every once in a while it’s nice to stay in for where there’s air conditioning and watch the television movie version of a beach novel — and these days, there’s no better way to do that with a new Sharknado. Ever since the very first charmingly bonkers disaster flick first aired on SyFy in 2013, it’s now become an annual tradition for So-Bad-It’s-Good movie fans to hunker down with some popcorn and refreshments and watch Tara Reid punch a Great White in the face. Here’s how you can stream Sharknado 5: Global Swarming online this weekend.
Sharknado airs on Sunday August 6, 8 p.m. ET on SyFy, which means that the best way to stream it live is via their website. If you have an account with a TV cable provider, you’ll be able to watch it live on SyFy’s website. You can also use a Sling account if you don't have cable. It costs money, but you can get a seven-day free trial — perfect for this one event. If you’re willing to wait the next day (but why would you — don’t you want to live tweet the madness with everybody else online?), you’ll probably also be able to catch up on SyFy’s app. And it’s also possible that you’ll soon be able to check it out on Hulu, which currently carries the first three films, or Netflix, which has all four.
Every movie in the franchise finds a new city to terrorize with giant sharks-filled storms, and this year, Sharknado 5 is finally going international. After chomping up Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Orlando, and Las Vegas, the fifth film now has its sights set on the entire world — according to Deadline, filming took place in the U.K., Australia, and Bulgaria. Based on the above trailer, clearly Buckingham Palace isn't going to fare all that well. You'd think those fuzzy hats the Royal Guard wear would help protect their heads from getting all snarfed up by hammerheads, but I guess not.
Even weirder? Remember in the third movie how Shark Tank star Mark Cuban played this president? This movie has a world leader too: the Pope... as played by Fabio (no, seriously, Entertainment Tonight has a picture of Fabio's papal robes and everything). I would hope there'll be a lot of Young Pope jokes in this movie, but something tells me that show and Sharknado don't overlap all that much in terms of viewing audiences.
To see whatever other ridiculous horrors — shark-based or otherwise — await Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, and the rest of their gang, you can check out SyFy live when Sharknado 5: Global Warming premieres.