Horror and gore fans are never going to tire of the timeless classic Jaws. And to enhance the experience, they’re coming up with bigger, scarier ways to watch Steven Spelberg’s blockbuster. The latest idea is to have the audience watch it on a giant screen while sited on rubber rings floating on a lake, at night. It’s all fun and games until someone yells “Shark!”, then panic ensues.
The event, aptly dubbed ‘Jaws on the Water’, is being hosted by Alamo Drafthouse, a theater in Austin, Texas. They actually first hosted the special screening over a decade ago,and to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary they’re bringing it back at the beginning of August.
“It’s one of the most talked about events we’ve ever produced: back in 2002, we invited the brave people of Austin to join us for a special screening of JAWS where we would point our giant outdoor Rolling Roadshow screen toward the water, and the audience would all watch while floating on inner tubes,” the cinema chain wrote on their website. “It’s still one of the most talked about events we’ve ever produced, and so after years of hearing those stories whispered, we decided it was FINALLY time to bring the event back, and to bring it back in a BIG way!”
The screening is all set to be held on August 9, on a man-made lake at Texas Ski Ranch, which has sandy beaches sloping downward into the water – for people too scared to go into the water – and “plenty of satellite bars around the location to keep your thirst quenched all night long – including some special floating bars that you can swim up to.” Fish tacos will be up for sale, along with special discounts on Dos Equis cans.
Locals seem to be pretty excited about the event, many of them taking to the internet to share their thoughts. “My university used to do this in the pool,” a commenter wrote. “There’s always that one guy swimming around just grabbing legs.” The Alamo Drafthouse does mention that they will have at least 10 “sharks” in the water during the screening, so you can expect plenty of leg grabbing.
The basic ticket is priced at $40 – it includes admission and one inner tube rental. The VIP Jaws Party ticket costs $110, including “a bus ride to and from Texas Ski Ranch from a secret location near downtown Austin where your car will be safely parked throughout the event.” Also included are admission, tube rental, and pre-party drinks and appetizers.
I’d probably die of a heart attack, but you guys enjoy the movie!
Photos: Alamo Drafthouse
via The Independent