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Tracing 'Sharknado''s roots back to a Burbank-based Asylum

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Image from the poster for "Sharknado." SyFy

There has been plenty more said about "Sharknado" all over the internet the past few days. If you've been under a rock — Or perhaps in a storm shelter — and you haven't heard of it, this campy creature feature about a tornado full of sharks premiered on the SyFy channel last Thursday.

It is just the latest in a series of schlocky B-movies churned out by a Burbank-based production company called The Asylum. Writer Amanda Hess joins the show to tell us about the studio, which she profiled for Pacific Standard magazine. 

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