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Sharknado 2: The Second One

R13: violence and horror scenes

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Sharknado 2: The Second One poster

Date registered: 14/10/2014

About the film

The film is a low-budget comedy horror/thriller about destructive shark tornadoes hitting the city of New York.

Fin Shepard and his ex-wife April Wexler are on their way to New York to publicise their latest book, How To Survive A Sharknado, which is based on their experiences from the first film. Before they can land in New York, their plane comes under attack by sharks being thrown about by a storm. As the sharknado worsens and begins to batter the city, Fin and April battle to save their family members from the airborne shark threat.

A still image from the film - the sharknado with sharks flying high in the air amongst the city's skyscrapers

Classification criteria: Horror and violence

The film contains depictions of people being savaged by airborne sharks, in some instances leading to decapitation. While these depictions are somewhat gory, the cheap and unconvincing visual effects, hokey acting and preposterous storyline all lessen the impact.

A still image from the film - shark attacking Brian on subway train

Classification criteria: Dominant effect of the publication as a whole

The dominant effect of the publication is a gleefully silly B-movie with a number of Hollywood cameos.

A still image from the film - our hero Fin prepares to dispatch an airborne shark with a giant chainsaw

Decision summary

The unrestricted availability of the publication is likely to be injurious to the public good. Children would be disturbed and shocked by the images of violence, and would be more likely to miss the farcical elements and technical ineptitude that lower the impact of such images. Teenagers and adults have the maturity and life experience to place such material in the context of a monster horror pastiche without being negatively affected.

The publication is therefore classified as objectionable except if the availability of the publication is restricted to persons who have attained the age of 13 years. This classification interferes with the freedom of expression contained in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 but is consistent with s3 of the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 to limit the availability of publications likely to be injurious to the public good.

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R13 label
R13: violence and horror scenes