The Room, a Film by Tommy Wiseau, Released Worldwide
The Room is a 2003 independent film written and directed by its star, Tommy Wiseau, who is also credited on screen as both the movie's producer and executive producer.
The principal cast includes Wiseau, Juliette Danielle, Greg Sestero, Philip Haldiman, Carolyn Minnott, and Robyn Paris. The Room tells the melodramatic story of a love triangle between a man, his future wife, and his best friend.
Without any studio support, Wiseau amassed and spent over $6 million on production and marketing for the film. Wiseau promotes the film as a black comedy and insists that its humor is actually intentional, although cast members have publicly disputed these claims and many audience members generally view the film as a poorly-made drama.
The Room has been cited by some critics as one of the worst films ever made, and has been called "the Citizen Kane of bad movies." After a brief run in Los Angeles, the film went on to develop a cult following in the city, and continues to have midnight screenings around America.
Originally, the film's marketing materials included phrases like "A film with the passion of Tennessee Williams..." though the playwright's name is repeatedly misspelled as "Tennesee." As it gained notoriety as a laughably bad film, the line "Experience this quirky new black comedy, it's a riot!" was added.
The Room has also screened in New York City, Miami, Greensboro, North Carolina, Oakland, Las Vegas and Chicago. It won the Audience Award at the 2004 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.
In December 2005, The Room was released for purchase on DVD. It is available for rental only at select video rental shops via direct distribution from Wiseau-Films.