The rising cult popularity of THE ROOM?

The rising cult popularity of THE ROOM?

Ian McDowell
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Joined: 16 Nov 2004, 01:51

13 Mar 2009, 22:51 #1

I'd never heard of this film before the schedule was announced for "Midnight Madness," a local film series in which $5 buys you admission to a "so bad it's good" movie and three beers. Last week they showed TROLL 2; next week it's the British cut of NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER (which is apparently a lot crazier than the American release), and on the last Friday of the month, it's SWITCHBLADE SISTERS.

Has anybody else seen this? I'm fighting a cold and may not make it out tonight, but am curious as to what others think of it.


http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20246031,00.html

Here's the blog of the guy who scheduled it here in Greensboro, NC at the Carousel Cinema:

http://themovieshow.blogspot.com/2009/0 ... -room.html
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William S. Wilson
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Joined: 17 Oct 2004, 20:18

14 Mar 2009, 00:13 #2

This film actually came up a few years ago on the board. I haven't seen it, but from what I gather it is just a poorly made film where they guy wrote it, directed it and stars in it. Somehow the hipsters got ahold of it and the rest is history.

Original thread:
http://s8.invisionfree.com/MHVF/index.p ... topic=6565
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Joined: 11 Dec 2004, 18:42

18 Mar 2009, 13:30 #3

William S. Wilson @ Mar 14 2009, 12:13 AM wrote: This film actually came up a few years ago on the board. I haven't seen it, but from what I gather it is just a poorly made film where they guy wrote it, directed it and stars in it. Somehow the hipsters got ahold of it and the rest is history.

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http://s8.invisionfree.com/MHVF/index.p ... topic=6565
I don't know if the hipsters got ahold of it, but the director (who also produced) owns a mini empire of apparel shops in Los Angeles and he also owns a few billboards. He used his store billboards to advertise his film (at a prominent intersection or two) and literally gave tickets away along with store discount coupons at the Sunset 5 theater. He bought ad space in almost every paper in town and made the ads look like reviews (kinda like the Video Business ones).
It ran in two timeslots primarily: early Saturday and Sunday Mornings, then at Midnight. He literally bought himself a limited engagement.
It got "not horrible" type of reviews from a few people in town, and having seen it myself, I tend to agree. It's a weird mix of experimental and pretentious art-house filmmaking. It wasn't terribly interesting, but it wasn't exactly terrible. Then again that might have been the Wodka talking...
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Doran Gaston
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Joined: 02 Nov 2004, 18:30

18 Mar 2009, 16:46 #4

The guy who directed The Room recently guest-directed an episode of Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!, a show I used to find pretty funny that I'm starting to get a little bit tired of.
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