Castle Crashers and Alien Hominid creator Tom Fulp has crafted a loving videogame tribute to filmdom’s greatest unintentional comedy, The Room.
For those of you not familiar with The Room, dubbed “the Citizen Kane of bad movies,” it’s an indie drama circa 2003 written, produced, directed and starring Tommy Wiseau. Unable to secure studio support, Wiseau personally invested more than $7 million in production and marketing for the film, which tells the story of a tragic love triangle between Wiseau’s greasy-haired banker Johnny, his “future wife” Lisa (Juliette Daniel), and his best friend Mark (Gregg Sestero). What should have just been another awful melodrama is elevated to the status of sublime cinematic abortion by the flagrant continuity errors, dropped plot points, shoddy sets, dated fashion, cheesy music, awkward dialogue and terrible acting, the chief offender being Wiseau himself.
Though many of his lines were later dubbed, Wiseau’s vaguely Eastern European accent still comes across, according to IFC.com, as “Borat trying to do an impression of Christopher Walken playing a mental patient.”
The Bohemoth co-founder’s free point and click tribute to this glorious trainwreck, now up on Newgrounds, lovingly recreates the film’s best worst moments in classic 8-bit style, from the awkward football tossing to the rampant nudity to the random character revelations, like when Lisa’s mother Claudette casually announces she’s dying of breast cancer only to never bring it up again. If you haven’t seen the movie, you can pick it up for a song at Amazon.com. Just ignore the product description billing it as “an electrifying American black comedy” – though Wiseau started promoting The Room as an intentional comedy after The Rocky Horror Picture Show-style midnight screenings started to build a cult following for the film, cast members have publicly disputed claims that Wiseau was ever anything but deadly serious about making the next great American drama. And that’s what makes it seriously funny.