Studio 666 (2022)
March 31, 2022 8:51 PM - Subscribe

Legendary rock 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.
posted by miss-lapin (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
I found this ok if on the boring side for a variety of reasons. Honestly if you're looking for a horror comedy with demons and music, watch Deathgasm instead. A lot more fun and original.
posted by miss-lapin at 8:52 PM on March 31 [2 favorites]


There was no way for them to know this when making it, of course, but it somehow seems extra awkward considering the surprise death of Taylor Hawkins.
posted by Nerd of the North at 1:22 AM on April 1 [3 favorites]


We watched this in honour of Taylor Hawkins on Sunday, and quite frankly, I want more rich rockstars to make absolutely bonkers horror movies for the sheer enjoyment of just making one. Is it an amazing horror movie? Nope. Is it weird? Yep. It's definitely an oddity of a film and I appreciate that it exists, even if it isn't original or good. It's entertaining--at least it was to me--and that's okay.

Also, having a keyboard player in the Foo Fighters? That is a def dad band move.

(The delivery about cocaine dusting the tops of the lemon squares had me in stitches.)
posted by Kitteh at 5:23 AM on April 1 [2 favorites]


The telltale sign that this is maybe gonna be a slog is that it is 106 minutes long when the concept/subgenre screams "85 minutes or less."
posted by DirtyOldTown at 5:23 AM on April 1 [4 favorites]


I recall Dave Grohl being interviewed on Kermode & Mayo when this film came out. Simon Mayo asked a question about what it’s like to cajole a group of rock musicians into performing someone else’s line readings of their personalities. Grohl replied that everyone basically played along except Taylor Hawkins, who would say whatever he wanted to without regard to how it fit into the actual script. No idea how that plays out in the film, but it stuck with me.
posted by mykescipark at 5:39 AM on April 1


I am the other part of "we" in Kitteh's comment above, and I think I was a bit less into it than she was; a good time for sure, but I couldn't stop thinking of what a talented microbudget crew could have done with these resources if they'd been invited to the sandbox.

It's a fun curiosity and I don't regret it being made or the time spent watching it, but it really felt like one pass through the script, and an experienced editor with enough gravitas to win the occasional argument with Grohl could have gotten this down to a tight 90 and a 50% better movie without compromising the weirdness and amateur-enthusiasm that bring it its charm.
posted by Shepherd at 6:37 AM on April 1 [3 favorites]


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