Some movies center around making music. And there are horror movies set in creepy old houses. But never in my life did I expect the two genres to cross paths until Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters announced Studio 666. It follows the typical music movie format. The bandmates need to come up with their tenth album and decide that they need something exceptional. This leads them to a house that has been abandoned for quite some time and has a pretty dark history. And this is where horror comes into play in the best ways. But how did the rock legends’ first step into horror films fair? Gloriously.

DISCLAIMER: We will be skimming through some spoiler territory going forward. If you want to be completely surprised, I suggest bookmarking this page, checking Studio 666 out and then coming back. Ready to get rolling? Pearl Jam high five!

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Full disclaimer here. The Foo Fighters could have given me two hours of them just playing music and stupid one-liners and I would still be ranting and raving about how much I loved Studio 666. And thankfully for moviegoers, this film is definitely more than just music and some of the best banter I’ve seen between bandmates. The story itself comes from Grohl, who I would happily pay to script my nightmares. It doesn’t weigh itself down with intricate plotting and backstory but still manages to have you piecing together the puzzle of what is exactly going on.

The horror elements in Studio 666 were on point. It delivered on the campy deaths and over-the-top gore without being offputting or ever taking itself too seriously. And as a long-time fan of horror, the murder scenes in this film were amazing. They felt unique enough but never too over the top that left you knowing something like that would never be possible. Note to self, never offer to be the friend underneath the car. Second note to self, never forget Grohl’s extra side of ranch. Third note to self, never tell Grohl (or the others) that you like Coldplay better than them.

(L to R) Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett, Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, and Rami Jaffee star as themselves in director BJ McDonnell's STUDIO 666, an Open Road Films release. Credit : Courtesy of Open Road Films

(L to R) Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett, Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee star as themselves STUDIO 666. Courtesy of Open Road Films

While yes, Studio 666 thrives on the horror elements and wells scripted chainsaw murders, it isn’t what truly won me over in the end. That win goes to the fellas themselves. Grohl, Pat Smear, Rami Jaffee, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel and Chris Shiflett were born to give us this movie. The banter and one-liners born from this film will forever live in my memory and I will be quoting them until my time comes. And if anyone ever asks where I learned something, you had best believe my response will be Pasadena. Even Will Forte, Jeff Garlin, Leslie Grossman and Whitney Cummings find themselves drawn into the hilarious antics with the bandmates.

If you thought that between the horror and banter that Studio 666 would forget that it was a movie about music too, you are wrong. The whole premise is that they are producing their 10th album, which needs to be the best thing since “Everlong” dropped. Throughout the film, we are treated to Grohl trying to get out of rift writing slump and epic band sessions as they race towards finishing the best song they will have ever produced. Fans of the band, like myself, will find more than enough music to hold them over until we get the complete Dream Widow album.

Overall, Studio 666 might not be your traditional music or horror movie. But it takes what we love from both genres and gives us something that you would typically have to sell your soul for. Someone should really check in on Grohl and the others. On second thought, I’m sure they will be fine. Between over-the-top murder scenes, campy hauntings, rocking music and some of the best banter I’ve seen in years, Studio 666 delivers in the best ways. I’m a believer that anything the Foo Fighters get their hands on will become gold.

Studio 666 is in theaters now!

This review was originally published on 2/26/22.

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