If you love your Z-movie creature features, then we have a treat for you today! If you are lucky enough to live in the US, then the latest mockbuster, Piranha Sharks, will be heading your way in a few days courtesy of VimeoOnDemand.
However, even if you are not living in the US, the press release confirming the release of Piranha Sharks has plenty of juicy details to get you excited for when the film eventually releases outside of the US. The trailer is also included, and there is even a brand new poster to show you.
Check out the poster below, which is a mockery of another very familiar film of this calibre. See if you can guess what it is!
Also included at the bottom of this post as a cheeky bonus is the very first teaser trailer for Sharknado 3!!!
The Press Release:
Angry Armadillo, Inc., an innovative new distribution company, has announced that they will release Leigh Scott’s Piranha Sharks in the United States on August 8. The film will be available for rent or purchase through a strategic partnership with the video hosting company Vimeo. Audiences can also enjoy an extended ten-minute clip for free starting Wednesday, August 6th.
Directed by Leigh Scott, who produced and/or directed fifteen films for The Asylum including Transmorphers in 2007, Piranha Sharks is a comedy that follows the disaster caused when a genetically engineered bio-weapon, mini-piranha/shark hybrids, are sold as children’s toys in big- box retailers and then unleashed upon Manhattan.
The oddball cast includes TV’s Hercules Kevin Sorbo, ex-WWE wrestler Al Snow, former MLB player Jose Canseco, former MSNBC news anchor David Shuster, and reality TV star Gina Marie Zimmerman of the CBS show “Big Brother.” The film was written by Scott with a score composed by Ramona Mallory, who also starred in, co-edited, and produced the film. The film’s hero creatures were created by Academy Award winner Barney Burman (Star Trek: Into Darkness).
“I helped start The Asylum,” remarked director Scott. “A lot of the ways in which they make films, in terms of production and development, are based on my ideas. I even presented the idea of giant shark movies long before they made Mega-Shark or any of their other shark epics. And for all of that, let me sincerely apologize to the world. The goal of this launch, and our company Angry Armadillo, is to prove the superiority of internet-delivered content over traditional cable as well as the triumph of talented people who care about their filmmaking over money-grubbing hacks who prostitute their meager skills to make a quick buck. We want our films to contain jokes, not be jokes.”
Co-producer and co-star Benjamin Kanes had this to say, “It’s simple, really. This is about creating movies that are awesome. Movies that people want to see. Movies that don’t presuppose and rely upon the stupidity of their audiences. And then delivering them in the most inexpensive and convenient possible way.”
Producer Ramona Mallory was a bit more measured in her remarks. “The online revolution is happening, just not fast enough for our tastes. We think this distribution model not only represents the future but the best way for producers to monetize their investment and continue to produce quality work. The Vimeo service is great, not just for producers, but for audiences. They can enjoy films on HD television sets, mobile devices, or computers. It better fits the way people now watch movies and television shows”.
Independent film producer, promoter, and inspiration for the Jeff Bridges character in The Big Lebowski, Jeff Dowd, recently declared Angry Armadillo’s strategy and team to be “the future,” noting that they “are the revolution.”
The decision to launch both the film and the company to coincide with Sharknado 2 is not accidental. The Asylum built their brand on “mockbusters” and piggybacking their productions onto the marketing budgets of studio films. “It’s time to mockbust the Mockbusters”, noted Scott. “You live by the sword, you die by the sword.” In addition to some rather familiar looking posters, Angry Armadillo will be releasing a series of promotional videos and trailers leading up to the release.
Piranha Sharks will be available for rental and purchase through the official website PiranhaSharks.com as well as the Vimeo OnDemand website beginning August 8th and is available for pre-order now.
Los Angeles and New York were not enough! Syfy and The Asylum today announced that yet another city will be devoured by flying sharks when the new Original Movie Sharknado 3 premieres on Syfy in summer 2015.
But which city will it be…?
This latest installment in the global pop culture sensation will once again be produced by The Asylum.
Sharknado 2: The Second One, starring Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer and Judah Friedlander, and directed by Anthony C. Ferrante, will premiere on Syfy Wednesday, July 30, at 9PM (ET/PT).
In Sharknado 2, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a Sharknado on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites – and only Fin (Ian Ziering) and April (Tara Reid) can save the Big Apple.
And what will happen in Sharknado 3…?