“Studio 666” is the type of broad horror-comedy that would actually stand to be slightly scarier, slightly funnier, and extra intelligent total. However then once more, no different horror-comedy stars rock band the Foo Fighters as themselves, which is the principal pull for this particular Foovie occasion. It’s a lighthearted creative experiment with a demise metallic mind, held collectively for 106 minutes by the amusing sight of seeing rock stars attempt to act.
The story overtly performs like Foo Fighters fan fiction, so it’s all of the extra intriguing that lead frontman Dave Grohl himself has a “Story by” credit score (Jeff Buhler and Rebecca Hughes are the screenwriters). He’s clearly a giant horror fan, given how its haunted album recording premise allows for an entire mixture of references: “The Exorcist, “The Texas Chain Noticed Bloodbath,” “The Burning,” and “The Evil Lifeless” amongst others. For good measure, John Carpenter doesn’t simply co-write a gap credit theme that can make you consider “Halloween,” he additionally exhibits up as a sound engineer, too.
“Studio 666” is all about artistic spirit, in this case, a possessed one. With a view to documenting their tenth album, Grohl and his bandmates (Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear, and Nate Mendel) gap up in a home in Encino, which they study solely too late is a hallowed deathtrap. At first, it’s Grohl’s fixation on the acoustics for a drum sound that comes with a spooky resonance; afterward, it’s a full-on demonic possession when he ventures to a hidden dungeon, after listening to music recorded by a band who beforehand stayed on the home within the ‘90s earlier than they have been brutally murdered. On this script’s goofs on ego and musicianship, a weird-acting Grohl then will get his confused band to document the progressively unusual concepts he has in his head, together with a (superior) riff in that key of “L sharp.” Out of the blue, they are not engaged on an album however a track, one which will get longer, heavier, and deadlier because it reaches completion.
Directed by BJ McDonnell, “Studio 666” actually thrives on its casting, and it’s straightforward to see how this premise of a band shedding its thoughts to their chief’s ego wouldn’t be as humorous if it weren’t actual musicians going by way of it like a Satanic episode of “Scooby-Doo!”. However, Grohl has sufficient kooky charisma on the middle, whether or not he’s the hyper bandleader who all the time runs as much as his bandmates like he’s their peppy head coach, or if he’s possessed by an evil spirit and harnessing each little bit of his internal Jack Black. Both approaches, Grohl’s elasticity open up a future in performing, whether or not he desires to play extra dorky dad-like figures or fang-bearing monsters. And he provides a nice furrowed forehead.
The comedy inside “Studio 666” exhibits a promising humorousness however underwhelms it. Generally, it throws in goofy asides as in a Lionel Richie-inspired second, or a pair of droll sequences about possession that owe to the likes of Taika Waititi’s “What We Do within the Shadows.” However except for Grohl’s amusing jokes about his movie star (“The most effective parking each time I need for eternity!” he boasts), it’s simply not as humorous because it could possibly be; you need it to be weirder, extra random because it has so little to lose. Will Forte and Whitney Cummings seem for transient supporting comedian components, and people are hit-and-miss too, straightforward jokes about followers or wannabe groupies. The film’s weakest comedian bids come from the compelled banter between the totally different Foo Fighters, which presents simply how a lot of the bandmates discover on-screen consolation in being both stiff or hammy.
Nonetheless, “Studio 666” is commendable for the way it commits to its horror. The gore could be bountiful and shocking, and a few nasty kills are delivered with expert precision. And although it’s about 20 minutes too lengthy, the film does strive to legitimize by the third act all its weighted mythology about how the home grew to become haunted, parallel to when extra corpses are piled up, and generally devoured. It could have been straightforward to undersell this core, however, McDonnell takes it critically.
There’s an excellent spirit of “why the hell not?” that runs all through “Studio 666,” each in its filmmaking, and in its pitch for the viewer to simply go together with all of it. The higher setback is that it doesn’t have the replay-worth of different one-off rock star autos (the nice “Tenacious D: The Choose of Future” involves thoughts). However it all comes again to ambition, and Grohl’s shocking on-screen presence is a gem. It may be enjoyable sufficient to observe him riff.
Now taking part in theaters.