Director: B. K McDonnell
Writers: Jeff Buhler and Rebecca Hughes
Starring: Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, Rami Jaffee, Whitney Cummings, Leslie Grossman, Will Forte, Jenna Ortega, Jeff Garlin
The Beatles had A Hard Day’s Night, Spice Girls had Spice World, and now Foo Fighters have Studio 666. Dave Grohl was inspired by other musicians who starred as themselves in films, came up with a full-on horror story. The film follows the band as they try to make their tenth album, in the house that Dream Widow died in during the early 1990s. Frustrated with writer’s block Dave stumbles across a sacrificed racoon in the basement and is possessed by demons who spark his imagination to set forth on writing an epic satanic song.
This is something for true Foo Fighters fans. It’s like one of their music videos stretched out to a little under two hours. It’s funny, full of cheese and hammy acting. The film is completely over the top. What’s surprising is the horror side of things. While it’s full of laugh out loud moments, it’s also filled with true jump scare, and some incredibly gory and inventive deaths that other horror films would be jealous of. To top it all off it also receives an excellent new track from John Carpenter, the master of horror, who also cameos in the film at one point.
Watching Dave Grohl, who is known as one of the nicest people in rock, turn into a demon possessed psycho is incredibly funny and the whole audience as laughing at points. When he’s in full diva mode, shouting about how he’s a rockstar and gets to park wherever he wants, it’s pure gold. It’s like the short clip they made before with Grohl going solo but stretched out and even funnier.
The song that they end up working on is a great metal song. Not knowing how to finish it, Grohl and co. end up making a seemingly never-ending song that reaches the forty-five minutes mark without an ending. It’s entertaining just to watch them playing their instruments, then you add on the controlling demon Grohl on top of that.
There is a lot of incredibly gruesome deaths, right from the moment go. It’s not exactly a scary film, but it has its moments. The effects are a lot better than you’d think they’d be, and they are viscerally gruesome. It’s essentially a slasher film starring the Foo Fighters.
If you’re a fan of the band and horror (like me), then this has been made specifically for you. It’s everything you want it to be and more. It never feels dragged out or boring. It’s destined to be a true cult classic to be re-watched over and over for years to come.
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