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Awesome b-movie awfulness

Laura Hooper Beck | Photo: Chris Brennan | June 17, 2011 | Story Best of the Bay Now In

You’d think the world would have room for only one crappy B movie with a rabid, yell-at-the-screen following. But The Rocky Horror Picture Show now has some serious competition for midnight motion picture money. The Room tells the story of an ill-fated love triangle, and it’s widely considered the worst movie ever made. Released in 2003 to a shit storm of negative reviews, it has more recently been embraced for its terrible acting, nonexistent plot, and sheer ridiculousness. In other words, it has become a must-see cult fave, particularly in the city where it is set. The Red Vic Movie House has been hosting midnight screenings on the last weekend of every month, and superfans and newbies alike have gathered to scream their appreciation, drink “scotchka” (equal parts scotch and vodka, a favorite of the film’s characters), and throw plastic spoons into the air—oh, you’ll see. Experiencing The Room is becoming a rite of passage for those who value the hilarious and the absurd, from Missionites who aren’t impressed by anything to Castro dwellers who love a good kitsch fest. Sadly, the scrappy Red Vic is closing at the end of July, but the Clay theater quickly swooped in and will give The Room a new once-a-month midnight home, starting in August. Every second saturday of the month at the Clay Theater; 2261 Fillmore St., 415-267-4893


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