Sharknado and the greatest film concepts ever

From Snakes on a Train and Nazis at the Centre of the Earth to Sherlock Holmes taking on robotic monsters, here's a guide to The Asylum's wild imagination...

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Sharknado and the greatest film concepts ever
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Susanna Lazarus

Sharks meet tornados to create Sharknado - has there ever been a better concept for a straight-to-television movie? The short answer is no - in fact, it was so good they made a second one (airing tonight on Syfy at 9:00pm)

Call it absurd or ingenious, it's certainly entertaining, but it's not the first time Sharknado's savvy production company, The Asylum, has had a far-fetched hit. Thought Snakes on a Plane was ambitious? Try Snakes on a TRAIN... Fan of Michael Bay's Transformers franchise? Then TransMORPHERS may just pique your interest... 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes

Who knew Sherlock Holmes's greatest accomplishment was conquering a fleet of mechanical dinosaurs? Back in 1882, a robotic enemy is threatening to kill Holmes, destroy London and assasinate Queen Victoria, all in one fell swoop. "I kept this story out of the journals in deference to his wishes," recalls an elderly Watson before an action-packed flashback to the curiously tech-savvy Victorian capital which Holmes masterfully saves from disaster. Don't know about you but we'll take Benedict Cumberbatch any day... 

Nazis at the Center of the Earth

Thought the Nazis were a spent force? Not according to this Antarctica-based thriller... When a group of researchers are kidnapped by Dr Josef Mengele aka "The Angel of Death" and his gang of swastika-bearing fugitives, they are dragged into an underground plot to invade earth and create a Fourth Reich. You'd be advised to turn the volume down before embarking upon this - there's an awful lot of screaming...

Transmorphers

Remember that time Transformers became Transmorphers? Nope, neither did we - until we stumbled across this... The trailer for the 2007 flick begins with the caption "They took our Planet. Four hundred years later we are taking it back." "We" comprises of a small group of human rebels forced underground but nevertheless plotting to conquer their conquerers who just happen to be a race of gigantic robots capable of brains. Got that? Judging by this trailer they don't fare too well...

Snakes on a Train

The concept for Snakes on a Plane owed a lot to being trapped thousands of feet above the ground, so transferring the action to a high speed train was an unusual decision. When a woman under a Mayan curse hatches snakes in her belly, she travels to Los Angeles (via train, of course) to recover the "lost pieces" of herself (the snakes, obviously). The inexplicable plot thickens when she's attacked by bandits allowing the snakes to escape, reaking gory havoc on her fellow passengers. Warning, this trailer is not one for faint-hearted viewers (we're sort of wishing we hadn't seen it...)

The Mega Monsters 

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus must have proved popular with audiences as it has since spawned the likes of Mega Piranha, Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus and Mega Python Versus Gatoroid. What is a gatoroid, we hear you ask? Answer: an alligator fed with chickens pumped full of anabolic steriods, duh. Starring "80s pop sensations" Debbie Gibson and Tiffany, this epic blow out between reptilian giants features trains being swallowed whole, giant 'gators combusting and one hell of a bitchy catfight...

Titanic II

"The greatest, fastest, most-sophisticated ship ever created" - sounds awfully familiar, doesn't it? 100 years to the day after the sinking of the Titanic, its doppelganger, Titanic II is heading of on a commemorative voyage on the exact same route in reverse. But disaster strikes again when an iceberg hits (what are the chances?) Add in a few tsunamis for good measure and you have a very doomed ship. Sadly no Oscars for this sorry tale...

Sharknado 2: The Second One premieres in the UK tonight at 9:00pm on Syfy

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