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Foo Fighters to star in horror comedy movie, Studio 666

By | Published on Tuesday 9 November 2021

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At this stage, there aren’t a lot of things that the Foo Fighters haven’t done. Have they ever starred in their own movie, though? No. Or have they? Yes, actually, they have. You just haven’t seen it yet. But, prepare yourselves, because horror comedy ‘Studio 666’ is set for release in 2022.

“After decades of ridiculous music videos and numerous music documentaries under our collective belts, it was finally time to take it to the next level – a full length feature horror comedy film”, says Dave Grohl. “Like most things Foo, ‘Studio 666’ began with a far fetched idea that blossomed into something bigger than we ever imagined possible”.

“Filmed at the same house where we recorded our latest album ‘Medicine At Midnight’ – told you that place was haunted! – we wanted to recapture the classic magic that all of our favourite rock and roll movies had, but with a twist: hilarious gore that fucking ROCKS”.

“And now”, he goes on, “with the help of Tom Ortenberg and the team at Open Road Films we can finally let this cat out of the bag after keeping it our best kept secret for two years. Be ready to laugh, scream, and headbang in your popcorn. ‘Studio 666’ will fuck you up”.

Grohl did indeed claim last year that the house in California where the band recorded their most recent record was haunted. Was that all part of a long-game promotional plan? Back then, Grohl said that among the spooky things to happen were guitars going out of tune and things going wrong with ProTools. None of which sounds like a good recipe for cinematic greatness.

He did then claim that, once they’d discovered what was really going on at the property, they’d had to sign a non-disclosure agreement so that no one would find out that the house is haunted. That did reek of bullshit at the time, but now I guess it makes sense. It was all a teaser for a movie we didn’t know existed.

As noted by Grohl there, the film is being put out by Open Road Films. It’s based on a story by Grohl, with a screenplay by Jeff Buhler and Rebecca Hughes, and was directed by BJ McDonnell, who is best known for his work as a camera operator on films like ‘Jack Reacher’, ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’, and ‘The Disaster Artist’. He’s also directed a number of horror shorts.

Says McDonnell: “‘Studio 666’ is a perfect combination of all things I love. Rock, horror, and comedy all tied together in a very thrilling motion picture. I am so excited to have teamed up with the Foo Fighters to create an old school ‘band’ movie”.

“It’s been years since we’ve seen something like the Beatles’ ‘Help!’, The Monkees’ ‘Head’, or “Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park'”, he adds. “Take that 60s/70s old school band film fun, mix it with horror and ‘Studio 666’ is born! I am so ecstatic for audiences of film and music to come together and enjoy our film”.

Yeah, he did just compare this project to some true classics of the band movie genre (and that Kiss one), which is brave. Time will tell if this will be one for the ages, but he’s probably right that it’s about time someone had another go within this niche genre.

Anyway, the film will be in cinemas in the US on 25 Feb, with release details for the rest of the world still to be announced.