The Room: The Definitive Guide

The Room

The Definitive Guide

by Ryan Finnigan


Entertainment Weekly called it “the Citizen Kane of bad movies.” National Public Radio said it is “a cult hit so bad, it’s good.” And The Independent of London observed, “It may be sublimely rubbish, but The Room makes audiences happy.”

The Room is the biggest pop culture phenomenon of the 21st century, having become one of the most popular theatrical releases of all time, since its arrival in 2003, and The Room: The Definitive Guide by Ryan Finnigan (November 2014, Applause Books, $24.99) is the key that unlocks Tommy Wiseau’s beguiling masterpiece of so-bad-it’s-good filmmaking.

Written with both the newcomer and the repeat (and repeat and repeat) viewer in mind, The Room: The Definitive Guide explains to all how, as Finnigan puts it in his introduction, “a film that should never have been remembered became something of longevity and influence.”

Part One looks at the act of viewing The Room, interacting with and sharing the film with others, and certain viewing customs. Part Two parses the details of the film itself, focusing on key scenes and their motivations. Along the way, interviews with cast recall the making of the film and cult following that has grown around it since. Finally, Part Three attempts to understand Tommy Wiseau, with an analysis of his further work, and also looks at the international bestseller The Room inspired, The Disaster Artist by cast member Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell.

Designed and illustrated by cult film artist Mute, The Room: The Definitive Guide is as eye-catching and distinctive as the film that inspired it.

So get your tuxedo on, grab your football, have your spoons at the ready, and prepare to shout, “You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!” for the first or 1,000th time, as we enter The Room.

November 4, 2014
Paperback Original
200 pages
 x 10
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books is an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

RRyan_Finniganyan Finnigan is a writer on film specializing in cult films. He is the editor of [SIC] Blog (, a website covering independent, alternative, and cult titles. In addition, he is one half of the cult film night duo, “The Five and Dime Picture Show,” and is the joint programmer and host of their event screenings. He lives in Sheffield, England.




Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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