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RiffTrax Live: Your Thoughts?

My theater was about 3/4 full and people were laughing a lot. I know I sure was.

Great show.

Oh, and my doctor recommends against having a hip dick installed. Just sayin’.

Your thoughts?

77 Replies to “RiffTrax Live: Your Thoughts?”

  1. Aaron Grey says:

    I saw it in Westminster, CO with a crowd of about 50 (about 1/3 of the theater).

    This was by far the funniest Rifftrax movie I’ve seen, beating my previous fav Sharknado. It is evident that the team does a much better job on these bad indy & low budget films (Sharknado & The Room) compared to the main stream studio films (Godzilla, Anaconda, etc). I think these low-budget films really lend themselves to be riffed.

    I had never seen the Room prior to this screening, so some of my laughter was at the absurbity of the film itself. But the guys did a great job with the riffs, especially pointing out the random characters and the pointlessness of many scenes. The Cosby joke had me in hysterics, as did the running joke about the mom’s cancer. I think they could have done more with Denny, that kid was just creepy.

    All in all, this was the funniest movie-going experience I’ve had in a long time.

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  2. John R. Ellis says:

    The spiral staircase skit made me laugh so hard that I actually -did- cry.

    Good job from the riffers and a gem of awfulness in the film that seemed to bring out the best in them.

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  3. with 3 you get "pizza" says:

    the guys getting “che-cheep-cheep-cheep”ed for refusing the cheesecake was my biggest laugh of the night. Were there really no deflate-gate riffs?

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  4. Thomas says:

    I would guess 15-20 @ Longview, Tx.
    What/when was the Gameragate joke?
    First time to see The Room. Had no idea the first quarter or so of the movie was just sex scene after sex scene.
    Laughed pretty much the whole time.
    Does the movie not have any end credits?

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  5. Darkknight says:

    I would be kind of surprised if Tommy doesn’t come around to letting Rifftrax release this as a VOD. I mean, he filmed a spot promoting it for them, and he agreed to letting them do it in the first place, soooo, if I were in his place and liked money, then yes, I would agree to it. But that’s me hoping because I really want to be able to download it.

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  6. noplot says:

    About 80% full in Cedar Hills, Oregon, with an enthusiastic crowd. I laughed a lot, but often with my mouth hanging open, since I’d never seen the film before. I finally decided it kind of felt like a love triangle drama, but where all the characters were missing some key parts of their brain. I also spent some time trying to figure out his accent unsuccessfully (Croatian? Slovenian?) before giving in to the film’s sense of being in one of those subdivisions with a bunch of cul-de-sacs but missing the exit to the main road. A good choice for Rifftrax, but boy what a strange film.

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  7. hortense says:

    I really hope they can release this as a VOD. This is the first live Rifftrax I’ve missed. I usually go to these with my young adult son, but call me old fashioned or prudish, but I just can’t sit through sex scenes with my son there. I own the Room dvd and have watched the Rifftrax MP3 many times, but I really would like to hear the new jokes. Maybe i can sneak out to the encore without him knowing :-)

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  8. ern2150 says:

    sirhamhat: I was at the Belcourt Theater, and YES, he was…We were on the 5th row, and some moron screamed out something from way back in the back. I didn’t catch Bill’s reaction, but the people I was with did, which we talked about afterwards.I’m like you–I’ve never been to a screening of The Room, so I don’t know all of the “audience participation” rituals, so I don’t know exactly what the guy said.It was something involving the f-word and Mark…I’m no prude, but the whole thing was extremely embarrassing.

    Aside from that, I loved the short and had a great time!

    Ok that makes perfect sense, thanks.
    It’s kinda funny that there were more things like that they had to navigate around than normal.
    They wouldn’t riff Rocky Horror or Sound of Music… would they?

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  9. sirhamhat says:

    ern2150: Ok that makes perfect sense, thanks.
    It’s kinda funny that there were more things like that they had to navigate around than normal.
    They wouldn’t riff Rocky Horror or Sound of Music… would they?

    That’s funny you mention “Rocky Horror Picture Show” because we were talking about “what if” they riffed that. I’m equally ignorant to the Rocky Horror rituals as well. I think it might be fun for them to riff it, but I think they would definitely stay clear from riffing it LIVE. Hahahaha!

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  10. Dan Cole says:

    I had only seen the most famous ( or infamous) scenes from THE ROOM on YouTube before I saw the Rifftrax Live version.
    My buddy that I brought along apparently had a much stronger stomach (or so I believed) than me because he had watched it several times, totally raw. At one point (probably about 5 minutes in) I turned to him & said “This is worse than I had even imagined”. He just chuckled & stared straight ahead.
    By the end I realized he was pure evil. He had only agreed to attend in an attempt to drag me into the very bowels of hell. Fortunately, Mike, Bill, & Kevin saved me.
    Thanks to them that bastard, cloven hooved clootie Rick melted into the floor! Drawn back into the depths, where tight clad demons are forced to do modern dance for all eternity! HOOZAA!
    Or he may have just left early because he had to be up in the morning. Whatevaa.
    Anywho, it was a great time. We were at the Cinemark 18 at the Howard Hughes Center in LA & we had a pretty good sized house & everybody was clearly having a great time.
    I actually got a laugh when I let out a fearful yelp when Johnny/Tommy got out of bed after the first hip-dick sex scene & nearly gave us the grandest buffalo shot of them all.
    As a good upstandin’ ‘merican I have to chime in on the guns in the film. The gun used by the drug dealer that threatens Denny & the the one used by Johnny to blow the back of his skull off (“Wake up!”) are easily recognizable as spring operated airsoft guns. In fact they seem to go out of their way to show closeups so anyone who knows even the slightest bit about guns will recognize them as plastic crap.
    Here’s my point: If they had both been the same gun, there might have been at least a lame connection to a previous “plot” point.
    But no, they used 2 different, crappy props for 2 different scenes… that would… have made more… sense… wait… um, I mean… my god, it hurts… it really hurts!

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  11. Doug Glassman says:

    noplot:
    I also spent some time trying to figure out his accent unsuccessfully (Croatian?Slovenian?) before giving in to the film’s sense of being in one of those subdivisions with a bunch of cul-de-sacs but missing the exit to the main road.A good choice for Rifftrax, but boy what a strange film.

    There’s a very plausible theory that he’s Polish (warning, link goes to Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/theroom/comments/1vklp3/i_think_i_have_found_tommys_nationality_new/).

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  12. Johnny's nonchalance says:

    I also would like to know what/when the gamergate joke occurred.

    I wonder what the movie would have been like if the actors playing Lisa and Michelle had been switched. I think it would have been a lot more bearable to watch, but it probably wouldn’t have made such good riffing fodder. I got so tired of looking at Lisa’s fishy, scheming lips. Her pronunciation of “Denny” was also cringeworthy. Robyn Paris, on the other hand, at least would make the “you’re so sexy” comments more believable.

    Loved the show

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  13. John says:

    noplot:
    About 80% full in Cedar Hills, Oregon, with an enthusiastic crowd.I laughed a lot, but often with my mouth hanging open, since I’d never seen the film before.I finally decided it kind of felt like a love triangle drama, but where all the characters were missing some key parts of their brain.I also spent some time trying to figure out his accent unsuccessfully (Croatian?Slovenian?) before giving in to the film’s sense of being in one of those subdivisions with a bunch of cul-de-sacs but missing the exit to the main road.A good choice for Rifftrax, but boy what a strange film.

    I’m going back to Brazilagariastan!

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  14. John says:

    Dan Cole:
    The gun used by the drug dealer that threatens Denny & the the one used by Johnny to blow the back of his skull off (“Wake up!”) are easily recognizable as spring operated airsoft guns. In fact they seem to go out of their way to show closeups so anyone who knows even the slightest bit about guns will recognize them as plastic crap.
    Here’s my point: If they had both been the same gun, there might have been at least a lame connection to a previous “plot” point.
    But no, they used 2 different, crappy props for 2 different scenes… that would… have made more… sense… wait… um, I mean… my god, it hurts… it really hurts!

    Why was that drug dealer scene even in the film? It could have been cut with absolutely no impact on any other “plot” (and I use the term loosely) thread. And Lisa’s mother starts haranguing Denny about his poor life choices when she just met him 30 seconds earlier.

    Such an awful, awful little movie. But so funny.

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  15. JCC says:

    I’d like to read all these reviews of the Rifftrax Live of The Room but yeah I’m very busy right now.

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  16. Hamdinger says:

    About 25% full at the Webb Chapel Cinemark in Dallas. Bone-breakingly funny! The audience was roaring throughout. I guffawed at the gamergate joke though no one else did apparently … I’m guessing the joke was just too obscure for most mainstream folks? The Cosby joke got a big laugh though. And that “TWunderwear” commercial at the end – OMFG!!

    100% better than than the previously-released Rifftrax for The Room. Here’s another vote for releasing this on VOD!!!!

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  17. hookemhorns says:

    Our Cinemark in Plano, Texas was only about 1/3 full, much lower turnout than any show I have been to. I had never seen this movie before. I was a little surprised at the nudity at first, given the gorilla grams they used for Starship Troopers.

    The movie is absolutely terrible. Unlike Plan 9 or Manos, there really was not a kernal of a story that could have been made better with better directing, acting, production funds, etc. It was an art house wanna-be film with totally unappealing characters, difficult to understand dialogue, brutally bad acting, and completely unrealistic situations. Who ever plays football in tuxes unless it’s frat boys posing for wedding pictures? The riffing was solid, definitely enjoyed it. Looking forward to Sharknado 2!

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  18. Big Al says:

    This is the first one I couldn’t get to see. I work Wednesdays and have off Thursdays. Will attend the next one though.

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  19. Torgo's Pizza says:

    Our showing in Lincoln, Nebraska, was called on account of severe weather. The satellite feed was interrupted during the movie, the tornado sirens went off – a great evening was over. And I can’t go to the encore. Too bad; ’twas a hilarious one!

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  20. Doryna says:

    I saw both the original broadcast and the encore (due to two groups of friends who couldn’t go at the same time). Enjoyed it both times except for one hitch: the second theater I went to didn’t show the pre-show and “At Your Fingertips” short. I thought it might be a technical error, but I when I went to talk with a manager after the show, I was informed that the theater’s corporate office told them to start the show at the main event because it “conflicted with their advertisers”. I would assume this means the usual Coke-crammed pre-shows that run before the normal movies, but the theater we were in wasn’t even showing THOSE. It was just a blank screen until it abruptly cut in to them running the trailer for The Crappening. But I know this theater has shown them in the past, because I saw Sharknado there last year completely intact.

    Has anyone else ever encountered this at a Rifftrax venue?

    My friends were really disappointed they didn’t get the full Rifftrax experience, but luckily they enjoyed the rest of the movie. If you’re in North Carolina, avoid seeing Rifftrax at the Grand 18 in Winston-Salem, unless you don’t mind missing all the stuff at the beginning.

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  21. Slicer87 says:

    I saw the encore show too, in my theater they did show the short but not the preshow. I just thought Rifftrax was cutting costs and stopped having a preshow.

    Personally I thought it was just an okay show. I have heard about The Room but never watched it until now. Besides being a strange film I was surprised they picked such a dirty movie for a live show, it is the dirtest film the gang has done so far. The short was the better part but was not quite as good as the grass short. Would be nice if they performed little skits like presenting garbage boats.

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  22. ready4sumfootball says:

    Just got back from the encore. Wednesday nights are not good for me. There were only three of us in the theater, but it was good company!

    This movie, uggh… I’ve seen it before, but it never gets much better. The one good thing about it is it’s shot reasonably well. I mean it gets a little blurry at times, but the camera angles aren’t terrible. But everything else about it isn’t good. The dialogue is bad, the acting isn’t good, and the whole thing at times is really odd feeling. If that was all it was I would say it was as bad as Manos, but it also has the unfortunate nature of being insanely depressing, which drags the movie down even further. I think it really is THE worst movie ever made. Not Manos, not Plan 9, not even Red Zone Cuba. It has to definitively be The Room.

    Also of note, I generally don’t like using these kinds of labels because I don’t feel good judging what other people’s motivations are, but this movie feels VERY misogynistic. Lisa of course is a terrible person as she is meant to be, but every other major female character knows what Lisa is up to and don’t give her nearly enough grief for it. The women are all terrible people.

    The riffs were good. Not sure if they saved the movie, but I’m not sure if you could. Best riff of the night: “After being associated with The Room, The Golden Gate Bridge jumped off of itself.”

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  23. Mr. B(ob) says:

    Went to the encore showing on May 12 with a friend. We loved it, really excellent show, especially given the level of terrible of The Room.

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  24. Darkknight says:

    I was so incredibly looking forward to the encore and was totally pumped all day for it. After getting done with work I thought, I’ll spray the weeds since it’s the first chance where it wasn’t going to rain the next day in like two weeks. Long story short, I soon discovered that over the winter one of the pipes in my house burst, and once I discovered the water I knew there was no chance I was going to get to see “The Room.” I’ve been wanting to see this so bad, and now am afraid if it doesn’t get released as a VOD I’ll never get to see it. And now I hear from a poster above that it’s super dirty! That makes me even more sad. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE release this as a VOD!!!!

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  25. Richard the Lion-Footed says:

    Saw the show Tuesday with my daughter. Good audience, theater about a good half to 3/4 full.
    Good preshow slides.
    Several of the audience members were familiar with the movie and the Rifftrax.

    One guy brought spoons and a football. The spoons where tossed around every time the table with the picture of a spoon was shown. (Did they just buy the frames and not put real pictures in them? It looks like the pictures you see in the frame in the store) Everybody got the joke and the football was tossed at the right times as well. (Reminiscent of Rocky Horror )

    Good short with solid riffing. Very bad movie with even better riffing, though the audience came up with some calls the guys should have made. I laughed so hard my sides are still sore.

    I see now why some people called for ratings on these things. This was definitely bluer than “Starship Troopers,” which they ingenuously “edited” even though the nude scene then was mild. No attempt was made to gloss over the sex scenes in The Room (nor should they have). The language was also more “pervasive” both in the movie and with the riff team. A general warning to parents introducing their kids to Rifftrax might have been in order. This was the most adult show I have seen them do. No complaint as we were all adults.

    Good show. One of the best overall I ave seen since Birdemic.

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  26. Edwin B says:

    I went to the second showing at The Promenade in Anaheim, CA. Theater was about half full, but a good crowd. Wow! I had never seen The Room before, so bizarre! The weird thing to me is that it is basically the same four scenes over and over: Uncomfortable sex scenes, Lisa and her Mom having the same conversation, Johnny and Lisa having the same conversation (albeit with some hilarious overacting as the movie progressed: ‘Lisa, you’re tearing me apart!’), and football tossing. Also, the party scene led to some kind of time loop, they partied, went outside, came back inside, had a fight, went outside, came back in, had another fight. Wow. It did feel like they gave the movie more space since it was so funny on it’s own, which I liked. Mucho fun!
    PS Am I crazy, or would Tommy Wiseau be good in a horror film? He does have a weird kind of creepy charisma.

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  27. Matt_D. says:

    I need to read these books and docs on this movie, because I just couldn’t fathom it. What was the point of half of the scenes in it? The drug dealer, and football throwing in tuxedos that end when one guy randomly falls down? I almost wish I had seen this abomination before the Rifftrax version, because the weirdness of the movie took me out of the moment.

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