Schlock-horror! Sharknado is headed to town

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the cinema, Sharknado – the made-for-television B-movie that ate Twitter –  is taking a bite out of the big screen in Australia.

The schlock-horror movie, about a tornado that sucks a school of man-eating sharks out of the Pacific Ocean and hurls them onto the flooded streets of Los Angeles, will screen at selected cinemas, including Hoyts Woden, on September 13.

Sharknado: Coming to our screens on Friday the 13th.
Sharknado: Coming to our screens on Friday the 13th. 

Variously hailed and howled down as the ''best worst movie ever'' and making ''Snakes on a Plane look like Citizen Kane'', the deliberately dreadful film became an unlikely global social-media sensation in July when #Sharknado sent Twitter into a 5000-Tweets-a-minute frenzy during its US pay-TV premiere on the Syfy channel.

Starring such B-list Hollywood actors as American Pie's Tara Reid and Beverly Hills 90210's Iain Ziering, the $1.5 million movie has already aired several times on Foxtel's Universal channel.

But selected Hoyts cinemas in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the ACT have scheduled  one-off Sharknado screenings for Friday the 13th of September.

The last shark movie to surface in Australian cinemas, the Gold Coast-shot Bait 3D, had great white sharks stalking shoppers trapped in a tsunami-swamped supermarket.

The film flopped at the Australian box office in 2012, selling only $1 million worth of tickets after a savaging by critics.

But the Australia-Singapore co-production was a surprise hit in China, where it took $US26 million.