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Oh, hi RiffTrax – A Guide to The Room

June 12th, 2009 by Conor Lastowka · 43 Comments


The Room has consumed our lives here at RiffTrax since we discovered it two and a half months ago.  We’ve rewatched the movie, poured over the discs bonus features, started talking like Johnny around the office and even spoken on the phone with two people involved in the movie.  But we acknowledge that it’s probably still a big question mark for most people out there.  Since we’ve uncovered so much great The Room-related content, we thought we’d share.  Hopefully this will whet your appetite if you haven’t seen the movie, or will supplement your curiosity once you’ve seen it a first, second or third time.

Let’s start at the start:

  • This Onion AV Club article is the first thing we read about The Room
  • It references this comprehensive Entertainment Weekly article, which goes more in depth
  • This IFC article delves more thoroughly into the “plot”. Contains spoilers, but is very spot on and funny.

Sold yet?  Go buy The Room at amazon, (we’re not sure where else you can get it.)  It’s less than ten bucks. And you’ll need it when our RiffTrax comes out on Thursday!

Now for some videos.  As fun as these are, I strongly recommend you watch the movie once without having seen anything. It will be a much more fun experience.  Check back here in an hour and a half.  Go on, watch it already!

Let’s start with the iconic scenes:



You are tearing me apart Lisa!


Oh hi Mark!


The Flower Shop (aka Hi Doggy!)



Tommy laughing


Oh hi, (insert name here)

 Fan tributes!


The Room Rap Song by The Brooklyn Doctors


The Room Mash-up Tribute


Tommy Wiseau and David After Dentist



Tearing me apart!


Flower shop



Veronica Belmont interviews Tommy Wiseau


Cookin’ Good – Tea With Tommy Wiseau – Part 1


Tommy Wiseau guest directs on Tim & Eric

Tags: RiffTrax · The Room · movies

43 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Matt Blackwell on Jun 12, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I’ve seen this. It’s one of the most incompetantly written and acted things that I’ve ever seen.

    Deep, deep hurting.

  • 2 wbwolf on Jun 12, 2009 at 10:13 am

    It’s clear that Tommy Wiseau read Lance Fuller’s book “How Not To Act”. I can’t tell the difference from the line reads in the clips and the Xtranormal re-enactments.

  • 3 Racer™ on Jun 12, 2009 at 10:29 am

    I don’t think I can watch this movie.. even with Rifftrax.. please, don’t make me watch it!

  • 4 Invisible NanoGhost on Jun 12, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Clearly the rifftrax crew has been mesmerized by the awfulness of this movie for quite some time now…

  • 5 Splunge on Jun 12, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Don’t worry about it.

  • 6 Gina on Jun 12, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Those “Room”-watching parties in the EW article sound like fun. Too bad we can’t have one to experience the RiffTrax together. It sounds like experiencing this horror (the movie, not the Trax) with a group is the only way to make it out alive.

  • 7 ambitiously stupid on Jun 12, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Thank you Rifftrax! I have not been so excited to watch a bad movie like this since I found out about the polonia brothers.

  • 8 jeff on Jun 12, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I saw this movie about a year ago, on a visit to L.A. It is astoundingly bad, in every possible way. Wait, I take that back: for the most part, it is in focus, and I don’t think any animals were harmed in its making. But in every other way, it’s a tour de force of “Manos” level incompetence. I am unhealthily excited by the prospect of this RiffTrax!

  • 9 BDiamond on Jun 12, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Stupid question, but may be fun for my friends and I some evening — is there an audience participation script anywhere on the intratubularboobulars?

  • 10 BDiamond on Jun 12, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    …”and me,” I meant, “my friends and ME.” Not “and I.”

    Sheesh, and me with a BA in English, too. (Or is that “I”?)

  • 11 Patient Zero on Jun 12, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I have been constantly trying to get a hold of you guys for years about this movie! Now you do it!?! When I am schedule to do a commentary track with the Original Members!!! You’re killing me Rifftrax!!!!!

  • 12 Peteski on Jun 12, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    you sirs…have piqued my interest…hmm why when i do a search for this movie does my computer start laughing at me…this may not be a good sign..

  • 13 Space_cakes on Jun 12, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    You owe me a new scroll wheel….. and a fresh set of eyes.

  • 14 G on Jun 12, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    DO IT

  • 15 chrismartindeed on Jun 13, 2009 at 5:35 am

    I hope they release the movie to exclusively to Zune.

    Because I have an iPod.

  • 16 Fifty "percent" Kreiger on Jun 13, 2009 at 8:02 am


  • 17 Jacksbrain on Jun 13, 2009 at 8:10 am


    My life is now complete. First, I find out that you guys are riffing my very favorite bad movie. Then I see that you’ve used my “You’re Tearing Me Apart, Lisa!” video on your blog.

    Geek Nirvana achieved.

  • 18 Conor Lastowka on Jun 13, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Nice! How long ago did you post the video?

  • 19 Jacksbrain on Jun 13, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I uploaded that video about 5 or 6 months ago, and I’ve been a “The Room” fanatic for about a year.

  • 20 kt on Jun 13, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    I’m glad that the rap video brought it up because all I kept thinking when watching those clips was “Hey, isn’t that David Wain?”

  • 21 amityisland on Jun 14, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Love all the clips! Here’s one I also saw on youtube – Bert and Ernie do the “Hi, Mark” scene:

  • 22 amityisland on Jun 14, 2009 at 10:03 am

    also found this clip – David Cross as Tommy with a special appearance by “Danny”:

  • 23 Earl Fando on Jun 15, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Isn’t this really just a remake of Cyrano/Roxanne, only instead of having a large nose and self-esteem issues, the lead is a semi-psychotic drifter with hygenic issues?

  • 24 Austin on Jun 15, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Am the only one who thinks that Tommy Wiseau is the living embodiment of Harvey Keitel in TAXI DRIVER?

  • 25 Earl Fando on Jun 15, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    After finally getting to watch some clips, I’d say there are some people on “worst actor” lists who were greatly relieved to discover Tommy Wiseau. Not many people can act badly and offhandedly at the same time, but Wiseau is a master of the “technique.”

  • 26 jack the autumn on Jun 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Wow. That whole FLOWER SCENE is done in the “Watch Out For Snakes” technique:

    *FILM IT

  • 27 Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on Jun 17, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    So you don’t want to talk about it? But I want to talk about it.. Let’s talk about it.

    Don’t blame me, I voted for Chris-R…

  • 28 Earl Fando on Jun 18, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    The clips are enough to make me want to pop in a Billy Jack film, just to cleanse my palate.

    Of course, this presumes that I actually owned a Billy Jack film.

  • 29 Earl Fando on Jun 19, 2009 at 9:01 am

    No, no… the line is, “You are tearing me apart, Rifftrax!”

    Sheesh, no wonder they haven’t called.

  • 30 Kevin Schreck on Jun 19, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    I am obsessed with this remarkable film, and so excited for this Rifftrax!

  • 31 ::A Geek in Korea:: » Blog Archive » Oh, Hi bad movie. on Jun 20, 2009 at 7:46 am

    [...] I heard about this movie months ago, I only took the dive to finally watch it after the Rifftrax guys did their take on it. They grew obsessed with this B-movie disaster and decided to do their commentary despite the [...]

  • 32 Mandy on Jun 27, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Someone should introduce you guys to the vampire film Demon under Glass.

  • 33 Pedant on Jul 2, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    PORED over. Not “poured over.”

  • 34 Anne on Jul 6, 2009 at 6:34 am

    I watched this last night & it’s still sitting on head. It’s what would’ve happened if “Manos” had included “love scenes.”

  • 35 Maian on Jul 21, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Awesome coverage! I first heard about this through the Entertainment Weekly article. Besides buying it on amazon you can also rent it through GreenCine:

  • 36 Keith on Aug 26, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Tommy Wiseau looks like a really old Criss Angel.

  • 37 A series of fortunate events | Fullsteam on Oct 1, 2009 at 10:44 am

    [...] THE MOVIE (tons of video clips) [...]

  • 38 veganbilly on Apr 25, 2010 at 8:30 am

    oh hi everybody

  • 39 Katy8 on Jan 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Oh, I am not pleased.

    And Harvey Keitel used to be so good! What happened?

  • 40 Logan Streitmatter on Jun 6, 2011 at 5:09 am

    great points altogether, you just gained a new reader. What would you suggest about your post that you made a few days ago? Any positive?

  • 41 oil mist on Jun 23, 2011 at 11:38 am

    You should take part in a contest for one of the best blogs on the web. I will recommend this site!

  • 42 Wxtmifms on Jul 4, 2011 at 10:41 am

    jewelry tattoos,

  • 43 SgtWaggs on Sep 19, 2011 at 10:14 am

    WOW…glad to see Rifftrax involved in riffing this pile…It’s the modern Plan 9 from Outer Space…Although after watching “The Room” it made me respect Edward D. Wood, Jr….that’s pretty bad…
    There should be a triple bill of the 3 worst films of all-time, Plan 9/Manos/The Room , the lines would be around the street and the theaters would have to recreate vomatoriums!!!