Dave Grohl And The Foo Fighters Made A Horror Movie, See The Trailer

By Michileen Martin | 2 months ago

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Rock bands have a long and not always perfect tradition of jumping mediums into cinema. The Beatles famously starred as themselves in the 1964 musical comedy A Hard Day’s Night. Pink Floyd continues to fuel nightmares with their 1982 psychological drama The Wall. Now Dave Grohl and his bandmates in The Foo Fighters are adding their own film to the mix — the horror comedy Studio 666 and the first trailer is here.

NME reports that the band premiered the first look at the film right before one of their shows in Las Vegas last week. The Studio 666 trailer starts off with the band unloading their gear into a mansion to record their 10th album. We see Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, and other members of the band rocking out, when suddenly Grohl’s eyes glaze over with a pitch black film and an unseen force picks him up and takes him away. Plenty of screams, blood, ghosts, and monsters follow. You can check out the trailer below.

According to Deadline‘s November report about Open Road Films landing worldwide distribution for Studio 666, Dave Grohl and co. shot the horror comedy in secret. In the film, Grohl and the rest of the Foo Fighters — drummer Taylor Hawkins, bassist Nate Mendel, guitarist Pat Smear, guitarist Chris Shiflett, and keyboardist Rami Jaffee — choose an Encino mansion “steeped in grisly rock and roll history” to record their 10th album. Grohl is creatively blocked, and somehow his frustrations open him up to possession by the mansion’s malevolent forces. After that, the blood flows and the laughs begin.

According to Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters are borrowing a lot from real life in Studio 666. The mansion in which the film is set is, in fact, where the band recorded their 10th album — 2021’s Medicine at Midnight. The frontman said that with Studio 666 the band wanted to “recapture the classic magic that all of our favorite rock and roll movies had, but with a twist: hilarious gore that f—ing rocks.”

Joining Dave Grohl and his band in Studio 666 are comedian Whitney Cummings, Leslie Grossman (American Horror Story), Will Forte (MacGruber), Jenna Ortega (Jane the Virgin), and Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm). The film is directed by BJ McDonnell, who previously directed Hatchet III and Slayer: The Repentless Killogy. Deadline also notes that McDonnell was a camera operator on the long-delayed Top Gun: Maverick and James Wan’s Malignant. In a statement to Deadline, McDonnell compared the upcoming gore fest to rock movie classics like The Beatles’ Help! and 1978’s KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.

The late Kurt Cobain would likely be proud of Dave Grohl, who first found fame as Nirvana‘s drummer. Before his death in 1994, Cobain was often quoted — especially in the 1993 biography Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana by Michael Azerrad — as being a fan of rock ‘n’ roll movies. In particular, the Nirvana frontman adored 1979’s Rock ‘n’ Roll High School which starred The Ramones, and from which much inspiration was taken for the music video of Nirvana’s game-changing single “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

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We’ll all get to see Dave Grohl and his bandmates try to survive the carnage next year. Studio 666 is set to release in over 2000 theaters on Friday, February 25, 2022. The film is based on a story by Dave Grohl with a script by Jeff Buhler and Rebecca Hughes.