6 Degrees of Trailers – Psycho to Sharknado

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It’s safe to assume that most people are familiar with the concept of six degrees of separation, the theory that everyone and everything is connected by a maximum of 6 steps, so I figured why not combine this with a love for trailers and make it into a little game. How easy would it be to connect two very different trailers in six or less steps? For this first entry, let’s connect classic to crap (no matter how popular the crap) by following the trail from beloved Hitchcock thriller PSYCHO to the modern film that became a viral success by title alone, SHARKNADO. I chose these two before making any connections only based on the fact that it would be an amusing pair of polar opposite genre films. So this should be fun.

Feel free to leave suggestions for what trailers we should try to connect in the comments below! And if you’d be interested in taking a shot at this game yourself, contact us and we may even get it published here. If you give it a shot on your own site, make sure to send us a link so we can mention it!

Without further ado, here’s Psycho to Sharknado in 6 Degrees of Trailers…

Starting Point – Psycho (1960)

PSYCHO is not only an all time horror classic, it’s also regularly named as one of the greatest horror films of all time. In fact, it’s often found in the top 5. Though it’s not as prominent as a franchise, like the fact that FRIDAY THE 13TH had 9 sequels and several spin-offs, PSYCHO did spawn three sequels. So let’s move down that chain and stop at PSYCHO III, which also starred Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates.

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First Degree – Psycho III (1986)

PSYCHO III not only starred Anthony Perkins, but was directed by him as well. It also starred a then still young up-and-coming actor, Jeff Fahey. Later on in his career, Fahey went on to star in films like THE LAWNMOWER MAN, DARKMAN III, and the cult television show Lost. Among his roles is that of J.T. in the modern cult hit PLANET TERROR.

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Second Degree – Planet Terror (2007)

PLANET TERROR, the first part of the tribute double feature GRINDHOUSE, took a multitude of talents, under the direction of Robert Rodriguez, including Bruce Willis, Rose McGowan, Josh Brolin, and even Fergie. But to cult horror fans the appearance that really mattered was that of Tom Savini, even if it was a minor role. The legendary make-up and effects wizard worked on some of the greatest slashers of all time, including THE PROWLER, THE BURNING, and FRIDAY THE 13TH. But the connection here is Savini’s work on the notoriously cruel slasher MANIAC, and not only did he work the special effects and makeup, but we also see his character getting his head violently blown apart by a close range shotgun blast.

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Third Degree – Maniac (1980)

MANIAC was certainly a landmark among slashers, and remains a favorite among fans of the genre. It’s recently seen a revival of interest thanks to a French remake starring Elijah Wood, but in the original, Joe Spinell stars as Frank Zito, a disturbed man that kills women and keeps their scalps as somewhat of a trophy. William Lustig directed two adult films under a different name, so MANIAC was the first film directed namely by ‘William Lustig’ and not ‘Billy Bagg’. Lustig followed this up with films like VIGILANTE, HIT LIST, and later on UNCLE SAM. But we’re going to take a look at the film that he then followed up with two sequels, MANIAC COP.

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Fourth Degree – Maniac Cop (1988)

The MANIAC COP trilogy was directed by William Lustig, but written by Larry Cohen, who is also the writer/director of films like the IT’S ALIVE series, GOD TOLD ME TO, and THE STUFF. One of Cohen’s lesser known films, and a sequel to Tobe Hooper’s film based on the Stephen King novel, is A RETURN TO SALEM’S LOT.

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Fifth Degree – A Return to Salem’s Lot (1987)

Now you may be thinking “how the hell is he going to make this jump 26 years later to SHARKNADO?”, and the answer to the question is the wild card actress, Tara Reid. A RETURN TO SALEM’S LOT was the first feature film for a young Tara Reid, and her career since then has been all over the board, from AMERICAN PIE to THE BIG LEBOWSKI to URBAN LEGEND, and more recently, SHARKNADO.

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Sixth Degree and Goal – Sharknado (2013)

And there you have it! Six degrees of separation between PSYCHO and SHARKNADO, and a handful of trailers along the way. So the next time someone says something like “you’re an idiot, Psycho and Sharknado have absolutely nothing in common!”, you can just point them over to this article.

As I mentioned at the beginning, please leave us some suggestions for trailers we should try to connect below in the comments! Anyone who wants to give it a shot themselves please do so and it may get you published here on our site, or if you choose to post it elsewhere, please send us a link and we’ll mention it!

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2 thoughts on “6 Degrees of Trailers – Psycho to Sharknado

  1. Fun idea, JD. I’ll be sure to share if I come up with two movies I think may stump you.


    1. Thanks Brandon! If you ever give it a shot on the Dog Farm, let me know!


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