The Room: Blood, Boobs, and Carnage Blogfest!

I’ve identified the formula for a movie that is so bad that it’s good.

  1. The director/writer/producer/star should all be the same person, someone who speaks English as a second language and is slightly delusional.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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 room memeThe 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.

meeting tommy wiseauI 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?

blood-boobs-carnage-blogfestThis post is part of the Blood, Boobs, and Carnage Blogfest, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh and Heather M. Gardner (names look familiar? They were both A-Z Challenge co-hosts!).

For the full list of blogfest participants, click here



32 thoughts on “The Room: Blood, Boobs, and Carnage Blogfest!

  1. I didn’t realize this movie came out in 2005 or thereabouts… I’ve just started hearing about it in the last few months. Either sheer coincidence or the cult following has suddenly become large enough for me to notice!


  2. Never heard of the movie. We have to wait through the whole movie just to see the blood? What’s the point of that?


  3. So funny! I did a blog post about this film in December of 2009. I’d read a story about it in the paper and just had to see for myself. Like you indicate this is an amazingly terrible film that’s worth seeing for that very reason.

    Fun pick for BBC.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Road trippin’ with A to Z
    Tossing It Out


    • That’s great, Arlee! You should pick up The Disaster Artist (that’s the book I mention at the end) about what ACTUALLY went on behind the scenes. It’s quite something.


  4. So I get the boobs and the blood. I take it that this part here is the carnage?

    “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.”

    I actually laughed out loud with my physical voice at this.


    • It might as well be the carnage! Of course for the challenge all three aren’t required. Maybe it’s carnage when the entire audience dies laughing.


  5. Awesome! I love watching these kinds of wacky cult classics. My husband and I are HUGE movie buffs, thanks for giving us a film to look forward to watching! Cheers :-)


  6. I have never heard of this movie. Funny how bad movies develop cult followings. It might be one of those that show at a Throwback Movie Night at the local theater/brewery. Sounds like a few beers is definitely a good idea for this one…
    Michele at Angels Bark


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