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Early last month, the Foo Fighters announced via social media that they'd done something rather surprising: They made a whole horror movie in which they play themselves. Inspired in part by the feature films made by The Beatles in the 1960s, and by the band's own haunting experiences recording their album Medicine at Midnight, Studio 666 would blend the classic Foo Fighters sound and energy with the horror comedy vibes of films like The Evil Dead. Now, the first teaser for the film is here, and it does not disappoint.
The setup for Studio 666 is blissfully, joyfully straightforward: The Foo Fighters rent a house in Encino, California to begin work on a new album. As the jam sessions get underway and Dave Grohl starts to set up the recording equipment, though, something turns out to be very wrong. Something else is in the house besides the band and all their instruments, something much darker rooted in the house's brutal history, and it's about to make the sessions a little... complicated.
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As you can see in the teaser above, the band has absolutely packed Studio 666 with classic horror imagery, from a green glowing pool that reminds us of Ghostbusters, to a Necronomicon-inspired evil book, to all manner of freaky-looking creatures. And of course, any movie where Dave Grohl is able to just float around the room is worth the price of admission.
According to Grohl, the film has roots in some very real experiences the band claims to have had while recording Medicine at Midnight in early 2020, in a rented house built in the 1940s that did, in fact, have some dark history to it. Though the landlord made him sign a non-disclosure agreement on what exactly went down in the house's past (he was trying to sell the place at the time), Grohl did speak to some freaky stuff going on during the recording sessions in an interview last year.
“When we walked into the house in Encino, I knew the vibes were definitely off but the sound was f***ing on,” Grohl told Mojo (via NME). “We started working there and it wasn’t long before things started happening. We would come back to the studio the next day and all of the guitars would be detuned. Or the setting we’d put on the board, all of them had gone back to zero. We would open up a Pro Tools session and tracks would be missing. There were some tracks that were put on there that we didn’t put on there. But just like weird open mic noises. Nobody playing an instrument or anything like that, just an open mic recording a room. And we’d f***ing zero in on sounds within that. And we didn’t hear any voices or anything really decipherable. But something was happening.”
Grohl went on to explain that he even brought a couple of old baby monitor cameras from his home into the house to see if they'd capture anything strange.
“At first, nothing. And right around the time we thought we were ridiculous and we were out of our minds, we started to see things on the nest cam that we couldn’t explain," the frontman said.
We might not ever see what those cameras picked up, but luckily for all of us, the Foo Fighters made a whole horror movie based on the weirdness. Studio 666 is in theaters Feb. 25, and tickets are already on sale.