I’ve identified the formula for a movie that is so bad that it’s good.
- The director/writer/producer/star should all be the same person, someone who speaks English as a second language and is slightly delusional.
- Approximately 1/3 of the movie should be extremely awkward and explicit sex scenes. (Feel free to reuse clips from earlier sex scenes to meet that quota.)
- Subplots should be plentiful, varied, and only appear once before disappearing into the abyss, those conflicts never mentioned again.
The movie that fits this formula? The Room.
The cover of the movie makes it look like a horror film, but I assure you that the only horrific part is the realization that somebody actually made this film and thought it was good.
The first five minutes has the boobs, the last five minutes has the blood, and in between is an hour and a half of bizarre and unestablished character relationships, nonsensical slurrings of dialogue, and unnecessary and occasionally out-of-focus pans of San Francisco.
And it’s AWESOME. Because it’s terrible.
So terrible, in fact, that it’s become popular and amassed a highly vocal cult a la The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tommy Wiseau himself often appears at showings, where he proves that his mystifying behavior isn’t an act and he is likely, in fact, part alien.
I would know, I’ve met him. He clutched my waist in a way that was both terrifying and exhilarating, and I’ve been only a bigger fan since then, spreading the good word of Wiseau to anyone who will listen.
Fans of The Room are known for their obsessive consumption of the movie and its related paraphernalia: There’s an online video game that takes players through the movie’s plot and script. There’s hundreds of hilarious parodical YouTube comments on movie clips. There’s a book revealing behind-the-scenes secrets (which is becoming a movie starring James Franco & Seth Rogan).
Never seen The Room? I highly recommend it. That is, if you’re willing to watch a disaster unfold and laugh along with it. And, really, who isn’t?
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