Rock band Foo Fighters must fight evil forces to record their new album in “Studio 666”

Rock band Foo Fighters must fight evil forces to record their new album in "Studio 666"

Dave Grohl, and in extension the Foo Fighters, one of those musicians and bands that raise some sort of love-hate feelings in the most underground rock fanbase. Or is it just me? Grohl is kinda known as the nicest guy in the rock mainstream, a warm and affectionate character that dedicates all his time and energy to music, entertainment, and being fair and helpful to others. A man who was the drummer of Nirvana, the band that changed almost everything 30 years ago, and who ended up being the frontman of one of the most successful rock combos of the last decades. Right after the death of Nirvana’s frontman, Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl released in early 1995 a tiny album almost bordering perfection under the name of Foo Fighters. Then, he ensembled a full band and started a career that took them to the highest levels of popularity to imagine. Not in vain, he is considered the third wealthiest drummer in the world, behind Ringo Starr and Phil Collins. The rough loud dirty sound characteristic of Nirvana and present in the first Foo Fighters album was soon abandoned to enter in a way more clear and easy-listening profile that captivated a wider audience but pushed away most of the original fans, but the band and Grohl himself have achieved something that is a bit harder to get: respect.

Knowing how much passion and devotion Dave Grohl imprints in all his quests, it is exciting to hear about Studio 666 (2022). This is a horror movie in the form of a fake documentary where the band Foo Fighters move into an Encino mansion steeped in grisly rock and roll history to record their much anticipated 10th album. Once in the house, Dave Grohl finds himself grappling with supernatural forces that threaten both the completion of the album and the lives of the band.

The movie has been directed by BJ McDonnell, an experienced camera operator who has participated in many hit movies including Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), War of the Worlds (2005), Hatchet (2006), Jonah Hex (2010), A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), Battle Los Angeles (2011), Jack Reacher (2012), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015), The Curse of La Llorona (2019), Annabelle Comes Home (2019), Zombieland: Double Tap (2019), Malignant (2021), The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021), and the Rob Zombie flicks The Devil’s Rejects (2005), Halloween (2007), Halloween II (2009), and The Lords of Salem (2012). He is also a prolific rock and metal music videos director having worked with Slayer and Exodus. Studio 666 (2022) is his second feature film after being behind Hatchet III (2013).

The screenplay for Studio 666 (2022) has been written by Jeff Buhler, writer of the remakes Jacob’s Ladder (2019), Pet Sematary (2019), and The Grudge (2020), and Rebecca Hughes, one of the writers of TV comedy series Grounded for Life (2001–2005) and Cracking Up (2004–2006), from an original story by Dave Grohl.

As it couldn’t be different, the stars in Studio 666 (2022) are the Foo Fighters, the real band, consisting of Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, and Rami Jaffee. Marti Matulis, Jason Trost, Whitney Cummings, Will Forte, Jeff Garlin, Leslie Grossman, and Jenna Ortega complete the main cast that also includes musicians Kerry King from Slayer and Lionel Richie.

This is not the first time Dave Grohl has participated in a music-related fantasy movie, since he has a small part as himself in Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020), and is better known for his epic portrait as Satan in Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (2006).

Studio 666 (2022) is Rated R for strong bloody violence and gore, pervasive language, and sexual content. It is scheduled for a limited release in theaters on February 25, 2022. Watch here its trailer from the official Foo Fighters YouTube channel.