Studio 666

Release: Friday, February 25, 2022

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Written by: Jeff Buhler; Rebecca Hughes

Directed by: B.J. McDonnell

Starring: Dave Grohl; Taylor Hawkins; Pat Smear; Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel; Rami Jaffee; Jeff Garlin; Will Forte; Whitney Cummings; Leslie Grossman; Jenna Ortega




In Memory of Taylor Hawkins (1972 – 2022)

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is a man possessed of more than musical talent in Studio 666, a gore-soaked, gleefully over-the-top horror comedy from director B.J. McDonnell, one in which the popular American rock band battles both creative droughts and supernatural forces during the recording of its tenth studio album.

With their obnoxious manager Jeremy (Jeff Garlin, one of the film’s few professional actors) breathing down their necks for the next hit, the Foos find themselves up against a wall as they brainstorm ideas for their landmark record. When they’re informed of a creepy old house in Encino, California, a sad-looking forties-era manor that has more than great acoustics going for it (and where the band put together its actual tenth album, 2021’s Medicine at Midnight), an optimistic Grohl jumps at the opportunity, enamored with the character of the place.

But as the band settles in the writer’s block hits hard and the typically ebullient musician starts to lose his cool, resorting to Youtube instructional videos and plagiarizing Lionel Richie all night long. Then he discovers a demo tape in the cellar, along with some other gubbins, and let’s just say things are never quite the same after that. As Grohl’s behavior deteriorates, a collective effort to complete a full-fledged record morphs into a nightmarish and one-sided obsession with finding an ending to a single song, a soul-sucking process that begins to tear the group apart figuratively and literally.

From electrocuted roadies and barbecued bandmates to decapitated delivery boys and mangled managers, this ridiculous horror-comedy makes sure you’ll remember the red syrupy stuff. Yet despite the former Nirvana drummer’s boundless supplies of energy and enthusiasm, Studio 666 fails to find a consistent rhythm with too many dead spots in the narrative where the camera just seems to roam the house, looking for something interesting to capture. Invariably the lightweight story meanders, leaving you with time to think about why John Carpenter’s score is more memorable than the music being produced by the actual musicians.

The writing doesn’t do the inexperienced actors many favors, either; drummer Taylor Hawkins, guitarists Pat Smear and Chris Shiflett, bassist Nate Mendel and keyboardist Rami Jaffee are predictably (dare I say acceptably) wooden in moments of high drama but surprisingly are also unconvincing during the quieter moments where they’re just hanging out, the band’s natural, time-tested camaraderie coming across more forced than it ought to. By contrast Grohl rocks pretty hard, his notorious perfectionism making him an ideal candidate for the role of Obsessive Compulsive Psycho, one that is part-trope, part-send-up of the trials and tribulations the band went through when putting together their official debut album, 1997’s The Colour and the Shape. 

Despite a nagging sense of unfulfilled potential, Studio 666 is a far cry from dire. Based on a story conceived by Grohl and written by Jeff Buhler and Rebecca Hughes, this is a novelty film where you have no problem believing those involved had a blast making it, and occasionally that enthusiasm possesses us as well.

Killer riffs but where’s the soul?

Moral of the Story: Though Studio 666 couldn’t be much gorier, it could in many instances be funnier and more impactful. Diehard fans of the band however are going to have an easier time overlooking the things the movie does not do so well. 

Rated: R

Running Time: 106 mins.

Quoted: “You’re my favorite band after Coldplay!”

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12 thoughts on “Studio 666

    • Yeah it’s not a big role at all, I actually had to look up on IMDb to remind myself of what part she played! You’re not missing a whole lot Mark, there’s some fun to be had but it’s really pretty silly in the end.


  1. I was so bummed by this one. Maybe I was wrong for having too high expectations, but I really felt this was going to be super fun. I ended up struggling to get through it. Still, how can you not love the Foo Fighters. RIP Taylor Hawkins.

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    • I really can’t help but think about how this movie is going to play now with the loss of Taylor Hawkins. It’s one of those really unfortunate sequences of events that clearly no one saw coming. But I’m with you, there was a lot of time here that felt wasted and the comedy just was super hit-and-miss.


    • It’s fun but I felt there could have been more done with the premise. The fact there is a Foo Fighters movie now is pretty cool, though no doubt! Certainly not the worst of its kind.

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    • The news of Taylor Hawkins passing was so shocking. I had only seen the movie a week or two ago before it happened. It makes me wonder how the movie will play going forward.

      I really appreciate the motivating comment Cindy, thanks for always being a great supporter of mine. I’m doing well as can be yes, anxious to get back into some semblance of a groove here. Very excited to still see some regulars around this dried up town. 😉


  2. Given your tepid response, I will probably never see this. However, Open Road Films should still pay you for promoting their movie because I have heard nothing about it.

    Anyway, I always enjoy reading your reviews.

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    • I am glad I have done something of a service, and I appreciate you reading! It’s good to be back here. I need to take a look into getting paid to write. Not sure if you comment is in jest or serious, but I don’t have much confidence that I have the clout to be asking around big production companies to see if I can get screeners. Still, I suppose it never hurts to try!

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  3. This seems like it might be reasonable enough but, honestly, I’m getting pretty Foo-d out these days. I used to love them so much but… I think we need to take a break.

    Great to hear from you!

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    • Well I do appreciate you sticking around! Another 3 month hiatus for the blog, wasn’t intentional at first. I am a moderately big fan of the Foo Fighters so I signed up for this without much thought. It’s an absolute bummer about Taylor Hawkins. Good chance we won’t hear much from them for a while.


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