The review of Studio 666, the horror comedy born from a story by Dave Grohl that sees his Foo Fighters grappling with a dark rock curse; in theaters for a week with Nexo Digital from 23 June.
We admit an inner conflict in writing the review by Studio 666torn between the affection that it is impossible not to feel for the latest madness of Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters and the need to express a judgment that takes into account some purely cinematographic limits of this anarchic and creative project. It is a horror comedy that comes from an idea of Dave Grohl himself, but which also has an exceptional godfather like John Carpenter, both as a thematic and visual inspiration and as a practical contribution to the film, having put his hand to the soundtrack that accompanies this foray of the Foo Fighters into the world of cinema.
A rock curse
The inspiration for Studio 666, which comes from the story imagined by Dave Grohl, is simple but effective and is linked to the creation of the 10th Foo Fighters album. To record it, the band moves to Encino, California, to an isolated mansion that has a macabre rock history in its past. Decades earlier, in 1993, a rocker went too far there, was possessed by the devil and came into contact with dark forces. A fate that falls to Dave Grohl himself, once he arrives in this house, jeopardizing the realization of the record and the very survival of the band, whose members (bassist Nate Mendel, guitarist Pat Smear, drummer Tayolor Hawkins, lead guitarist Christ Shifflett and keyboardist Rami Jaffee) must operate to stop the curse that has swept them and their leader.
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Dave Grohl’s irony
Irony is a characteristic that has always distinguished the band and its former leader Nirvana. An irony conveyed through some of their videos that finds an outlet in the project in theaters starting June 23, for a week, thanks to Nexo Digital, after the passage in American cinemas last February. An ironic vein that defines the comedy component of Studio 666 and balances an equally marked dose of horror: there is in fact a taste for the approach to the genre of a few decades ago, for the gore, the effects and the deaths above the lines that are set like crazy precious stones in the story that is told to us. It’s a fun and playful approach to the genre that makes the mix of the two genres of horror and comedy successful and overwhelming.
John Carpenter’s blessing
It must be said that the development of Studio 666 is slender, in line with the intent of the project, that the interpretations of the band are not excellent (on the other hand their profession is another and they carry it on with obvious merits) and there are parts that would have needed a slight thinning, but you can’t help but love this mess signed by BJ McDonnell as director. It should also be remembered that the eponymous debut EP by Dream Widow, the project by Dave Grohl and Fireball Ministry guitarist Jim Rota, inspired by the metal band at the center of this horror-comedy, has been released digitally, which adds a further nuance of interest. to the project. The vote you read at the end of the page is an attempt to balance the fun we have experienced with the obvious intrinsic limits, as well as keeping in mind that it cannot be considered a film for all palates.
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In fact, the lovers of the band will go crazy, who will be able to enjoy their favorites in different and self-ironic guises, the fans of a certain horror that the film pays homage, for which even the blessing and participation of John Carpenter is a guarantee of loyalty spirit and theme. But for all the others the reasons of interest are limited, so much so that the choice of the one-week event output, which follows what has been done recently for Jujutsu Kaisen, seems perfectly sensible to us. And as in that case, who knows that the stay in theaters will not be extended, if the response of the public justifies it.
In summarizing the review of Studio 666, we can only reiterate that this is not a film that can please or interest everyone, but that can meet the taste of at least two large categories of spectators: on the one hand the fans of the Foo Fighters and of the playful approach they have to their art, on the other hand the fans of a certain type of horror that plays with himself and the gore he puts on stage. A hybrid between comedy and horror which, even within its artistic limits, we cannot but love.
Because we like it
- The irony of Dave Grohl, who wrote the story, and his Foo Fighers.
- The invaluable participation of John Carpenter.
- The homage to a certain type of horror from some time ago.
- A healthy dose of gore in putting on creative and over the top deaths.
- The band members are not actors and at times it shows.
- With a few cuts here and there it would have been smoother and more enjoyable.
- It is, needless to say, a film not for everyone.