The low-budget cult flick The Room has been playing in Toronto at The Royal regularly for almost two years, and if you’ve been lucky enough to have screened it there with an audience you will know this is a similar experience to a midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. That experience is about to get a whole lot weirder as writer, director, executive producer, and star of the film, Tommy Wiseau, is coming to present five screenings of it this weekend as part of his ‘Love is Blind Tour’.
Described as “a melodramatic story of a love triangle that leaves its audience members in hysterics,” The Room is a completely absurd movie that should be used in film schools to show how NOT to make a movie. That’s also why it’s so popular and so much fun to mock in a group setting though. Whether Wiseau intended the film to be perceived this way is debatable, but his enthusiasm about the following it has garnered is great to see (when asked how Canadians should react to The Room his response was: “You can laugh you can cry, but please don’t heard each other!”).
Wiseau will be introducing the film and doing Q&A’s at The Royal on Friday, April 22 at 9:15 p.m. and 11:59 p.m., Saturday, April 23 at 9:15 p.m. and 11:59 p.m., and Sunday, April 24 at 9:15 p.m. Tickets to the event are $15 and can be purchased in advance at totix.ca. For more information, visit theroyal.to.
If you’ve never seen or heard of The Room, check out the trailer below. It’s well worth it.
Top image: A scene from The Room. Courtesy The Royal.