Oh Hai Prague! Cult Classic ‘The Room’ to Have its Prague Premiere

Widely-regarded as one of the worst films ever made, Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 cult classic The Room will be coming to Prague’s Kino Aero next week as part of the Shockproof Film Festival’s one-day Autumn Harvest special on Saturday, October 28.

Just in time for Halloween.

While movies like Plan 9 from Outer Space, Manos, the Hands of Fate, Troll 2, and countless others have laid claim to the title of Worst Movie Ever, The Room is something special: a Tennessee Williams-esque chamber drama with modest production values rather than a low-budget horror movie, it’s a surprisingly watchable, endlessly quotable, and entirely hilarious experience. 

While some movies are lauded as so-bad-they’re-good, The Room transcends that description. I’ve seen it so often, and it’s so entertaining – regardless of the intentions of the filmmaker – that I legitimately consider it one of the best movies ever made. 

The Room has become so popular over the last decade that monthly screenings have been held in New York, Los Angeles, and London. Like screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, audience participation is often encouraged. 

But until now, The Room has never been officially screened in a Prague cinema. And I’ve been keeping an eye out for it. 

While a copy of the film was projected at the popular underground club 2.Patro in 2011, the showing at Aero next Saturday will be, I believe, the very first cinematic presentation of The Room in the Czech capital (even Brno got in there before Prague, with a projection earlier this year). 

Here’s hoping it’s the start of a tradition. 

At Aero next Saturday, an HD copy of The Room will screen in English with Czech subtitles. Tickets run 120 CZK. 

It won’t be the only film screening as part of the Halloween season’s Shockproof Film Festival: also presented will be the legitimately great Donald Cammell horror film White of the Eye, the Bryan Cranston-starring schlockfest Dead Space, and (another very special screening) The Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf, which was shot in Prague and elsewhere in the Czech Republic in the mid-1980s.


Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at expats.cz and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at MaArtial.com.

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