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.