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REVIEW: ‘Foo Fighters’ take stab at horror comedy movie

Sean I. Mills
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Posted 3/6/22

What if the rock band the Foo Fighters made a horror comedy movie? Stranger things have happened. And so we have “Studio 666,” in which the Foo Fighters make a pretty OK horror comedy movie. Lead …

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REVIEW: ‘Foo Fighters’ take stab at horror comedy movie

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What if the rock band the Foo Fighters made a horror comedy movie? Stranger things have happened. And so we have “Studio 666,” in which the Foo Fighters make a pretty OK horror comedy movie.

Lead singer David Grohl is a well-loved rockstar and is currently at the top of his game. He wrote a best-selling book. He’s headlining the Foo Fighters’ latest album. And apparently he decided, on a whim, that the band would make and star in their own horror movie. They didn’t film it themselves, so “Studio 666” looks like a professionally made movie. But the Foo Fighters have never done this before and they’re not actors, and all of that definitely shows through.

“Studio 666” is only playing in theaters, though has not yet come to Rome. I caught a showing at the Marquee Cinema in New Hartford.

In order to write their latest album, David Grohl and the rest of the Foo Fighters rent out a spooky, old mansion for some peace and solitude. But the mansion has a history of demons and murder, and soon Grohl is possessed by an evil spirit hell-bent on finishing an epic song and killing the other band members.

“Studio 666” is a pretty fun movie and can be entertaining, but the vanity nature of the project is a major hindrance. I like the music of the Foo Fighters as much as the next person, but they’re not actors and they don’t seem to have anything new or unique to bring to the horror comedy genre.

So there’s no real voice or driving spirit behind “Studio 666.” It’s just a bunch of buddies having silly fun and reveling in the chance to violently kill each other. The friendship between the Foo Fighters is very evident, and they seem like nice guys, but the movie never tries to give them distinct characters or story arcs.

It’s just a bunch of guys entertaining themselves by making a silly, gory movie together, and because they’re the Foo Fighters, they’ve got the money and resources to turn it into an actual movie. To that end, more power to them. if you’ve got it, flaunt it and have fun while doing it.

As a Foo Fighters project, “Studio 666” will probably be adored by fans as just another fun thing they’ve done. As a horror comedy, there’s nothing particularly special about “Studio 666” to make it worthwhile. If you hate the Foo Fighters for some reason, most of them get violently murdered in this movie, so perhaps that’s something.

For more, listen to the latest Sentinel Cinema podcast at:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/title-studio-666/id1495021878?i=1000552738693

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