‘The Disaster Artist’ Writer Brings New Tacoma Horror Movie

Greg Sestero can now add “writer-director” to his resume, which already features the New York Times best-selling author and cinema’s Best Worst Movie co-star.

Sestero, who rose to fame in Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 film “The Room” So Bad You Can’t Turn Away, returned to Tacoma on Friday to screen that film and his new horror thriller, “Valley of the Hills.” Miracle”.

The author of “The Disaster Artist” will sign books and talk about the two films during screenings at the Grand Cinéma.

‘The Disaster Artist’ – about the making of ‘The Room’ – was made into a Golden Globe-winning film by actor James Franco. It co-starred Seth Rogen, Jackie Weaver, Zac Efron and Dave Franco, who played Sestero.

Sestero was last in Tacoma in December when he screened “The Room” at The Grand.

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“The Room” is often described as the best worst movie ever made.

“Everyone was awesome,” Sestero said. “We showed the trailer (‘Miracle Valley’) and talked about it. And so we thought it would be a great place to do that.

“Valley of Miracles”

Sestero has written and starred in movies since “The Room,” but “Miracle Valley” marks his first directorial credit. He also acts in the film.

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Greg Sestero, co-writer of “The Disaster Artist” and co-star of “The Room.” Courtesy

Filmed in southern Arizona, the horror/thriller is a campy cult Manson Family meets “The Hills Have Eyes.” The film will be released in September on streaming services and Blu-ray.

“I was living in Arizona and writing the script,” Sestero said. “I was like, this is a perfect chance to do it all, coming to be in this place and knowing it as well as I do.”

Sestero plays David, a photographer obsessed with a rare bird. David and his girlfriend receive an invitation for a stay in a rural house in Arizona. Chance encounters with dubious figures escalate until the pair realize they are in the midst of a murderous cult.

A lifelong horror movie fan, Sestero wanted to try his hand at the genre.

“I think after surviving ‘The Room’…it was kind of a fun genre to get into,” he said.

The interactive nature that audiences have with “The Room” influenced Sestero’s goals for “Miracle Valley”.

“I just think these days we really want movies in a theater that people can interact with and have a good time,” he said. “That’s what happened with the screening tests. People shouted things at the screen and quoted things.

Sestero describes his character as “an idiot” who ends up making a living.

Although Wiseau and Sestero are still good friends, the famous author does not appear in the film. Originally, he was to play the cult leader.

“But then COVID came just when we were doing it and it made it much harder to make it work,” Sestero said.

Sestero has started working on his next film, a UFO-themed movie he calls a cross between “Fire in the Sky” and “Ex Machina.”

“It’s kind of bringing a new little voice to the whole UFO genre based on what I’ve researched and been through,” he said.

Production will begin in 2023 in Texas and Iceland, Sestero said.

If you are going to

What: “An Evening Inside ‘The Room’ with Greg Sestero”

When: 7 p.m. (“Miracle Valley”) and 9:30 p.m. (“The Room”) Friday, August 19

Where: The Grand Cinema, 606 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma

Tickets: $20-28 at grandcinema.com

Craig Sailor has worked for The News Tribune since 1998 as a writer, editor and photographer. He previously worked at The Olympian and other Nevada and California newspapers. He graduated in journalism from San Jose State University.

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