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In what feels like a fun, campy throwback to the groovy days of music vanity projects mixed with a little bit of Scooby Doo, Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters are getting their very own horror comedy movie –– one where they may or may not play their own instruments, but they’ll definitely be playing themselves.
The band surprised social media followers today by announcing Studio 666, a fictional horror docu-comedy based on a story by Grohl, according to Deadline. Somehow, Foo Fighters kept the whole project an everlong secret up until now, even though the movie’s debut in theaters nationwide is only three months away.
The entire band — Grohl along with Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, and Rami Jaffee — will appear as themselves, along with a reported lineup that includes comedian Whitney Cummings, SNL veteran Will Forte, Leslie Grossman (American Horror Story), Jenna Ortega (Jane the Virgin), and Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs).
What scares could a Foo Fighters horror movie dream up? The film’s official website clues us in, with the band moving into an Encino, California mansion that’s "steeped in grisly rock and roll history to record their much anticipated 10th album." But of course it doesn't take long for things to start going bump in the night: "Once in the house, Dave Grohl finds himself grappling with supernatural forces that threaten both the completion of the album and the lives of the band."
Cue the spooky soundtrack. In a statement quoted by Deadline, Grohl said the band was inspired by fun vanity projects of the past (think the Beatles’ Help! or The Who’s Tommy) to chase its own movie-making ambitions.
Studio 666 "began with a far fetched idea that blossomed into something bigger than we ever imagined possible," Grohl explained. "Filmed at the same house where we recorded our latest album Medicine at Midnight — told you that place was haunted! — we wanted to recapture the classic magic that all of our favorite rock and roll movies had, but with a twist: hilarious gore that f***ing rocks."
Studio 666 isn’t some web-streaming side film; it’s a full-sale theatrical release with the creative chops to prove it. Directing the haunted hijinks is BJ McDonnell, whose previous directing credits include Hatchet III and the 2019 hang-banging documentary Slayer: The Repentless Killogy. McDonnell also served as camera operator on both Malignant and the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick.
With a script penned by Jeff Buhler (Pet Sematary, Nightflyers) and Rebecca Hughes (Cracking Up), Studio 666 is tuning up in the shadows for a release in more than 2,000 theaters worldwide on Feb. 25 of next year.