The Room

Vincent   December 7, 2010   5 Comments on The Room


I recently had an opportunity to see The Room in the theater. If you’re not familiar with The Room, it is arguably one of the best worst movies of all time. In fact, I’d say it’s much superior on every level to Troll 2, which is also a great best worst movie. The Room has also become a rather large cult hit much like Rocky Horror Picture Show, but a lot less gay.

To make seeing one of the best worst movies in time in an actual theater even better, director Tommy Wiseau was there in all his crazy glory to meet fans, sign autographs, get the crowd pumped up before the flick, and to do a Q/A when it was over. Wiseau looks just as crazy as you’d think he would. Not only does he look like his onscreen persona (kind of like he’s wearing someone else’s face), but he had a belt around his thighs. No, you didn’t read that wrong, the dude had a belt around his thighs about five inches below where a belt is actually supposed to go. I have no idea why, but its the kind of thing a crazy director/want to be rock star would wear. What was really nice is that he seemed to be really cool with his fans. I didn’t get a chance to speak with him myself, because the line to see him was insanely long. I also didn’t get to attend the Q/A, which I hear was great, but it was already 2 am at that point and I had to piss like a racehorse.

So what did I think about The Room? Well, it’s better than I thought it would be. I’d seen a lot of clips online and I thought it would be good fun, but I still wasn’t prepared for the insanity of this film. It’s so bad. I’ve seen a lot of bad films, but this is beautifully bad. It’s wonderful, like a ninja giving birth to a unicorn. Now there’s been a lot written or said about The Room and I don’t think I can add much more than others haven’t already said. I have just a couple of bullet points:

1. You want to have seen the movie at least once before seeing it live.

It was a little hard to follow what was going on screen, because everyone was shouting out the entire time. Think Mystery Science Theater, but with a whole theater full of people.

2. Bring a lot of disposable plastic spoons. It’s so fun to chuck spoons at strangers.

Thanks to a friend that we met at the showing, we had a few spoons, but I underestimated the kind of joy I would get from hitting a stranger in the head with a spoon. If I go again, I’m bringing a pallet load of spoons.

3. Poor booze into your soda cup. Things will be more fun.

But it will make you want to pee really bad.

  • I got this from Netflix and made it about 20 to 30 minutes and gave up. It was amusing but got boring fast.

  • Vincent

    Oh man, you really missed out on all the good stuff. You just have to power through the 4 sex scenes in a row before you get to the great stuff like the constant football playing, the gangsters, “you’re tearing me apart”, so much great stuff after those sex scenes.

  • PrfktTear

    I feel like I’m being baited.

    This movie has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Its on the list along with Troll 2 and Human Centepede of “culty” movies I’ve been told I need to see.

    What was the movie about the guy who was making adult films and was drugged and made to have intercourse with a corspe?

  • Vincent

    @Prfktear I am the master… oh that’s too easy.

    I haven’t heard much good about human centipede, maybe Matty will bring it up on the next podcast. And I have no idea what movie you’re thinking of.

  • PrfktTear

    I’m somewhat of a cunning linguist.

    Haven’t yet seen Human Centepede, and I really have no plans to either.

    I’ve seen the trailer and it absolutely repulsed me, and I’m not squeamish by any means. I’m the guy who tracked down the source video of 2 Girls, 1 Cup (its quite delightful, actually). I listened to a synopsis of the movie on some Comedy Central (I think) and it just sounded like a waste of time.

    Aside from the fact that you’ve got some deranged doctor who surgically bonds people A2M, its probably just an awful film. Its not even a “so bad its good” like Troll 2 or a camp classic like RHPS. I think the only reason it’s gotten so much buzz is simply due to the shock value.

    The film I was trying to think of is “A Serbian Film” it tells the story of a down-and-out adult movie star who participates in an “art film” only to discover he’s been dragged into a snuff movie… and, well, you can read the rest. Just Google it.