In the great state of Texas, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema team has been screening films in the most unique ways for several years, but none so intriguing than their annual Ultimate JAWS Floating Roadshow over the summer. Ever since I learned about this event a couple years back, I have been trying any and all ways to get out to Texas in the summertime just to be able to watch the 1975 Steven Spielberg blockbuster in an extremely unique and a bit creepy setting.
During this summer event, the Alamo Drafthouse team screens JAWS on a giant floating screen while attendees watch from their inner tubes as they float in the deep and dark Lake Travis. Doesn’t sound too scary, right? That is because I forgot to mention that this is an “interactive experience”, which delivers the creepiness part of the show.
For starters, the film begins at sunset. That’s right, this happens at night, in the dark. Not only are you floating in a deep, oceanic lake, but the whole thing goes down in pitch black.
Besides the fact that you are watching a film that made people afraid of going into the ocean even to this very day, and the fact that you are afloat in the dark, that does not sound too bad, no? Oh I almost forgot. To keep you on your toes, the team has divers who will bump your tube and pull at your floating limbs during certain “key” moments of the film.
And apparently the team has their own JAWS shark of some sort - a giant shark fin that cuts the water throughout all of the floating moviegoers. I think that even the bravest of souls might soil themselves in this circumstance. Add in the fact that recent information proves bull sharks can live and feed in fresh water as well as salt, and this might be the scariest aquatic haunted house ever invented.
Big thanks to Titans Terror & Toys for the pictures they snapped last year's event. Envying people is unhealthy but I can’t help but be jealous that the writers at Titans got to attend one of these. And I believe they got to see The Shark is Still Working during the same evening...which ups the jealousy factor tenfold.
Summer is right around the corner and whenever I think of summer, I think of one of my top all-time favorite films, JAWS. The event in Texas is one of their (if not “the”) most popular shows they have all year. It has gotten so big in fact, that they hold the event on three separate nights.
What do you all think? Does this rule or drool? Sound like something you would venture to do if you are in Texas? Are you brave enough to accept the challenge?
If you have ever attended any of these showings, please comment here and save no details. And if you are in Texas, I suggest you make the trip to the lake and for a late night frightening swim.