Films set at summer camps are always fun to watch if solely for the nostalgia. While getting a machete to the head from Jason Voorhies isn’t anyone’s cup of tea, the roasted mallows, squeaky bunks, and sprawling hills tickle our imagination in cozy and balmy ways. The fine folks over at Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse recognize this inherent joy which is why they’re creating another exceptional immersive event to celebrate the films that take us back to the woods.
Welcome to Camp Halloweekend, a sleepaway camp weekend strictly for adults. In a collaboration with Do512, Alamo Drafthouse is offering a three-day, two-night “getaway” that consists of film screenings, live music, and a number of outdoor activities such as swimming, archery, canoeing, dancing, and arts and farts and crafts. The eclectic lineup of films includes: Friday the 13th, Sleepaway Camp, Evil Dead II, and Wet Hot American Summer featuring writer and director David Wain.
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“The Rolling Roadshow has always been about so much more than just watching a movie outside,” explains Alamo Drafthouse vice president of special events Henri Mazza. “Living at the camp all weekend long will be just like living in the world of the movies we love, but without the risk of being hacked to death by a machete-wielding psychopath who can’t be killed.” That’s always a good thing, right?
So, grab your fishing pole, your bug spray, and your five best mixtapes and sign up. Admittedly, it’s a hefty $350 fee, but that also includes a two-night stay at Camp Champions in Marble Falls, all the food and drinks you could want, a commemorative tee-shirt, and access to all the festivities. Even better, campers are encouraged to bring coolers with their own beverages. If only Camp Hilltop would have allowed that!
Chainsaws optional, of course.