Where: The Belcourt
When: Saturday at 12:20 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m.
Continuing in the celebration of Universal’s centennial anniversary, Belcourt attendees will hop aboard the Orca this weekend with Brody, Hooper and Quint to go shark hunting, as Steven Spielberg’s 1975 game-changer Jaws is set for a two-day run.
While I, embarrassingly, took my first voyage with the classic last summer (kids these days, am I right?), I’ve always enjoyed hearing my grandmother recount tales of her first trip to see the film at the old Green Hills theater (once a bookstore, now a Trader Joe's) .
After she and her husband slid in at the last moment to get a seat up front, she remembers the infamous scene where a scuba diving Hooper comes across a severed head at Ben Gardner’s boat, Jack-in-the-Box style. After jumping out of her own seat, my grandmother says that the reaction from the audience was like nothing she’d ever experienced in a theater before.
Jaws’ cultural impact can never be taken for granted, having scared off hordes from beaches across the globe for decades. Most modern day horror/suspense films owe a great deal to the master and his ferocious oceanic creation.
Sure, the terror of Amity Island may not be considered a primetime scare-fest anymore, but I challenge you to take a dip in your local body of water after screening the 35mm print for this monstrous gem.
Cold feet? I wonder why.
The Belcourt has kindly asked us to remind you that absolutely no chalkboard scratching will be allowed during the screenings.