Inside The Room and Beyond

  • Rod Stoneman


INSIDE THE ROOM AND BEYOND A cult film like The Room challenges our unquestioning acceptance of well-made mainstream cinema. When The Room first screened in Los Angeles in 2003, apparently people were rolling in the aisles within the first ten minutes; Variety's review described it as "so hopelessly amateurish that auds [sic] reportedly walked out" and it was quickly and hyperbolically dismissed as "the worst film ever made". Since then this very strange film has gradually been discovered by cult audiences around the world. Tommy Wiseau is producer, director, writer, and actor - he plays the central role of Johnny - the film emanates from a single source, he allegedly paid $6 million to have it made....