W ith Halloween falling on a Wednesday this year, Halloweekend has turned into Halloweek-and-a-half. But there is only so much "witch's brew" (ahem -- jungle juice) you can drink before your liver starts to turn into its very own horror story.
If you're tired of Halloween parties, you're probably looking for an alternative to Halloweekend 2: The Reckoning.
One of the best parts of Halloween is watching classic cult films and participating in the craziness that comes along with them, from "Rocky Horror Picture Show" to "Hocus Pocus."
While not Halloween-themed, one of the best cult classics out there is Tommy Wiseau's scary-terrible "The Room." The 99-minute film is simultaneously the best and worst movie ever made, thanks to its hilariously horrible writing, direction, acting and even set design.
Typically reserved for April Fools' Day, the International Film Series is treating "Room" fans (and tricking IFS regulars) by showing "The Room" both tomorrow and Friday night at 8 p.m. in VAC 1B20 on the University of Colorado campus.
Like with all cult films, there are certain "activities" you can do along with the movie. If you've never seen "The Room" and you'd like to get in on the show, here are the top things to catch on to.
The main character, Johnny, is engaged to Lisa -- a total sociopath who cheats on Johnny with his best friend. Naturally, we all hate her. You can expect moviegoers to heckle Lisa every second she's on the screen, especially when Johnny exasperatedly shouts, "You're tearing me, apart Lisa!"
Johnny is played by Wiseau, who refuses to say where he got his bizarre, unplaceable accent. Along with his bizarre accent, Johnny has the propensity to say "Oh hai" to a lot of characters, from Mark to Denny to Doggie (this will all make sense later). Whenever you see Johnny about to greet someone, you'll be right in place shouting "Oh hai!" along with the rest of the crowd.
From the first 30 seconds of the film, you can tell it takes place in San Francisco. But apparently it wasn't obvious enough, so the movie is littered with unnecessary shots of the city between scenes. Join the crowd by cheering the camera as it pans across the Golden Gate Bridge -- will it ever make it all the way across? You can even turn the movie into a musical by singing the "Full House" theme song during the multiple shots of San Fran's iconic row houses, the "Painted Ladies."
If you go into "The Room" expecting an Oscar-worthy cinematic masterpiece, you're gonna have a bad time. But if you're looking for a fun night full of "Is this thing serious?" laughs, check out IFS tomorrow and Friday.
Jessica Ryan is a senior media studies major at CU-Boulder. She writes about nerdy things once a week for the Colorado Daily. On Twitter: @JessicaLRyan.