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Foo Fighters’ ‘Studio 666’ finds Dave Grohl blending humor and gore

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You’re not even two minutes into the action in “Studio 666” when a woman is beaten to death by a hammer-wielding psychopath who reduces her skull to a puddle of pulp in the shadow of a tape machine.

And just like that, the scene is set for Foo Fighters’ first foray into feature films. 

Directed by B.J. McDonnell, whose previous credits range from “Hatchet III” to several Slayer videos, this darkly comic splatter-fest sprang from the mind of Dave Grohl, who spends the film killing his bandmates and assorted other victims.

That opening scene is just prologue, meant to illustrate that bad things happen in that mansion in Encino, California, where Foo Fighters decide to set up shop and record their 10th album. 

‘Foo Fighters is more than just a band to me’: Dave Grohl on life after ‘losing Nirvana’

You don’t want to say no to Dave Grohl

There are dark supernatural forces at work, and before long, Grohl is shouting things like “Did you just say ‘No’ to Dave Grohl? I’m a (expletive) rock star?” and otherwise exhibiting increasingly unhinged behavior.

He insists the song he’s been teaching his bandmates is in the key of L-sharp, for example.

And this is before he starts murdering people — severing the top half of one bandmate’s head with the fling of a cymbal and splitting another in half with a chainsaw.

It’s doubtful anyone will come away from this film thinking Grohl or any of his bandmates are one “role of a lifetime” away from a best-acting Oscar. 

But it’s fun to watch them having fun pretending to be actors. And the presence Grohl has shown in music videos for decades now has clearly served him well here.

More: Netflix’s ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ can’t top Tobe Hooper’s original

Jeff Garlin, Will Forte, Jenna Ortega contribute to the cast

They do bring in actual actors to round out the cast, including Jeff Garlin of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Jenna Ortega of “Jane the Virgin” and Will Forte of “The Last Man on Earth.”

There’s also a legitimately funny cameo from Lionel Richie. 

But most of the moments that seem like they’re meant to be funny are either too poorly delivered to land right or too poorly written for even an actor with the comic talents of Forte to salvage.

Forte telling Grohl, “You’re like my second favorite band after Coldplay”? It’s about as funny in the context of the movie as it is here.

In a press release last fall, Grohl said, “We wanted to recapture the classic magic that all of our favorite rock & roll movies had, but with a twist: Hilarious gore that (expletive) ROCKS.”

It’s plenty gory. And it definitely rocks. As for hilarious? It must’ve felt that way to Grohl, who liked the “Pearl Jam high-five” joke well enough to use it twice. 

‘Studio 666,’ 3 stars

Great ★★★★★ Good ★★★★

Fair ★★★ Bad ★★ Bomb ★

Director: B.J. McDonnell

Cast: Dave Grohl, Jeff Garlin, Will Forte, Pat Smear, Taylor Hawkins.

Rating: R for strong bloody violence and gore, pervasive language and sexual content.

Note: In theaters Feb. 25.

Reach the reporter at [email protected] or 602-444-4495. Follow him on Twitter @EdMasley.

Support local journalism. Subscribe to azcentral.com today.





You’re not even two minutes into the action in “Studio 666” when a woman is beaten to death by a hammer-wielding psychopath who reduces her skull to a puddle of pulp in the shadow of a tape machine.

And just like that, the scene is set for Foo Fighters’ first foray into feature films. 

Directed by B.J. McDonnell, whose previous credits range from “Hatchet III” to several Slayer videos, this darkly comic splatter-fest sprang from the mind of Dave Grohl, who spends the film killing his bandmates and assorted other victims.

That opening scene is just prologue, meant to illustrate that bad things happen in that mansion in Encino, California, where Foo Fighters decide to set up shop and record their 10th album. 

‘Foo Fighters is more than just a band to me’: Dave Grohl on life after ‘losing Nirvana’

You don’t want to say no to Dave Grohl

There are dark supernatural forces at work, and before long, Grohl is shouting things like “Did you just say ‘No’ to Dave Grohl? I’m a (expletive) rock star?” and otherwise exhibiting increasingly unhinged behavior.

He insists the song he’s been teaching his bandmates is in the key of L-sharp, for example.

And this is before he starts murdering people — severing the top half of one bandmate’s head with the fling of a cymbal and splitting another in half with a chainsaw.

It’s doubtful anyone will come away from this film thinking Grohl or any of his bandmates are one “role of a lifetime” away from a best-acting Oscar. 

But it’s fun to watch them having fun pretending to be actors. And the presence Grohl has shown in music videos for decades now has clearly served him well here.

More: Netflix’s ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ can’t top Tobe Hooper’s original

Jeff Garlin, Will Forte, Jenna Ortega contribute to the cast

They do bring in actual actors to round out the cast, including Jeff Garlin of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Jenna Ortega of “Jane the Virgin” and Will Forte of “The Last Man on Earth.”

There’s also a legitimately funny cameo from Lionel Richie. 

But most of the moments that seem like they’re meant to be funny are either too poorly delivered to land right or too poorly written for even an actor with the comic talents of Forte to salvage.

Forte telling Grohl, “You’re like my second favorite band after Coldplay”? It’s about as funny in the context of the movie as it is here.

In a press release last fall, Grohl said, “We wanted to recapture the classic magic that all of our favorite rock & roll movies had, but with a twist: Hilarious gore that (expletive) ROCKS.”

It’s plenty gory. And it definitely rocks. As for hilarious? It must’ve felt that way to Grohl, who liked the “Pearl Jam high-five” joke well enough to use it twice. 

‘Studio 666,’ 3 stars

Great ★★★★★ Good ★★★★

Fair ★★★ Bad ★★ Bomb ★

Director: B.J. McDonnell

Cast: Dave Grohl, Jeff Garlin, Will Forte, Pat Smear, Taylor Hawkins.

Rating: R for strong bloody violence and gore, pervasive language and sexual content.

Note: In theaters Feb. 25.

Reach the reporter at [email protected] or 602-444-4495. Follow him on Twitter @EdMasley.

Support local journalism. Subscribe to azcentral.com today.

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