Starring: Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Rami Jaffee, Whitney Cummings, Will Forte, Jeff Garlin, and Leslie Grossman
Director: BJ McDonnell
Studio 666 doesn’t take itself too seriously, but the execution of the film is top notch. It’s ambitious, yet it works because it knows exactly what it is. You’re not going to find solid acting or some intricate mystery here - it’s a horror film starring Foo Fighters. That said, the band's chemistry translates to the big screen, and there are some surprisingly gnarly scenes (including one with a chainsaw I won’t soon forget). To fans of Foo Fighters, this will surely become a cult classic, and as for non-fans, Studio 666 is at least worth checking out.
It’s not easy to thread the needle on a horror comedy, and while Studio 666 doesn’t exactly nail it, it’s not without its goofy charms. Admittedly, I’m a massive Foo Fighters fan so I may be biased, but it has a B-movie silliness and self-awareness that is infectious. It’s dumb, but they know it’s dumb and are in on the joke. The fact that they can’t act worth a damn only adds to its weird appeal. It's not perfect, but it’s not a waste of time or a vapid vanity project either. It’s likely to become a cult classic.
Studio 666 is a rad horror comedy that shreds in the laugh department while also indulging us with a bloody headbanging good time! Yes, it’s a silly B-movie that is over the top, but it’s also self aware, which makes it rock that much more. It really hits all the right notes. Truth be told, I already loved Foo Fighters, and this flick just made me love them even more.
There’s a B-movie, grindhouse sort of fun to be found in Studio 666, but unfortunately, the incredibly messy script and Dave Grohl’s terrible lead performance keep getting in its way. When the film really leans into just how ridiculous it is, it starts to shine; However, it keeps attempting to turn that ridiculousness into genuine horror, falling flat on its face every time. Fans of Foo Fighters may turn this into a cult hit down the line, but anyone seeking a diamond in the rough will unfortunately be met with a lump of damp coal.