While I was at the San Diego Comic-Con, I had the pleasure of meeting Tommy Wiseau, the talented visionary who created The Room. I wasn't sure what to expect from him, but it turns out that Tommy Wiseau is one of the coolest people I have ever met. He is always positive and acts as if he never has any worries.
So on to The House That Drips Blood On Alex (THTDBOA). I first saw this film at the panel of the title's name (I feel redundant saying the title again), where Tommy was greeted by his many fans (The Room is really popular by the way) and the other actors who starred in THTDBOA. I should also mention that I'm going to keep this spoiler-free as possible. THTDBOA is a horror-slash-comedy, which is more horror with unintentional comedy that only Tommy Wiseau's acting could bring The film starts with Alex, who Tommy plays, recounting the time of when he bought a house from a landlord. The deal he makes is like he's making a deal with the devil, but he's negotiating a house and his soul isn't involved. Or is it?
The acting worth mentioning is of Wiseau's, who use the same kind of talent he used in The Room and brings it to this horror-slash-comedy. He comments on the cliché's that a Devil's Advocate type of film has and is oblivious to the terror around him. When Tommy Wiseau acts, one can wonder if what he is doing is by mistake or if it's intentional, which makes it all the more funnier. As you can guess from the title, blood does drip on Alex, but Alex is completely unaware that it's blood. He even isn't aware that the street his house is on is called Blood Street. I may have spoiled an element, but just like The Room, this has to be seen to be believed. The other actors are decent and seem to be the only ones who know exactly what is going on.
Throughout the course of the movie, Alex is tormented by the house with dripping blood and nightmares. When the house drips blood, Alex never minds and when Alex has a nightmare, he shrivels in his sleep. Not only do you see him sleep while being tortured, but his nightmares are also shown. There is no right way to describe what he is dreaming, other than it involves blood. So after spending some time in his house, he finds out the cause of the blood leak and that is where we go back to where he is recounting his story.
Overall, THTDBOA is more hilarious then it is frightening, but frightening nonetheless. Whenever Alex spoke a line of dialogue, the audience just laughed. That does not mean that horror elements exist, there is possible inspiration from The Amittyville Horror with all the dripping blood and nightmares. Much like The Room (how can I not reference it), this has to be seen to be believed. It is entertaining and if you felt like The Room sucked too much of your soul, this will have much less of that impact, since it is 10 minutes long. Come this Halloween, get as many of your friends together and sit around the computer, go on atom.com, and watch The House That Drips Blood On Alex.
Following the showing, there was a Q&A, which was mostly directed at Tommy. Tommy proved just how cool he was by giving insight into his inspirations (he is his own inspiration), telling everyone to stay positive, The Room going 3-D, on Blu-Ray, and in book form, and saying how thinking positive leads to being in shape. He also brought up anyone who had a birthday and threw The Room t-shirts at them. One fan spoke for all of us saying how we'll cherish the time we spent with Tommy and he was so right.
Official IMDB: The House That Drips Blood On Alex
Teaser-trailer: The House That Drips Blood On Alex