R13: violence and horror scenes
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Date registered: 14/10/2014
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.
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.
The dominant effect of the publication is a gleefully silly B-movie with a number of Hollywood cameos.
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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