Foo Fighters have announced their first ever feature film, STUDIO 666, a horror comedy set in a haunted mansion.
The action is set during the recording sessions for the band’s latest album, Medicine at Midnight. According to an exclusive from Deadline, Foos leader Dave Grohl is feeling “creatively blocked” until “evil forces in the house sink into his consciousness.” This causes the creative juices to flow, “but so does the blood.”
Grohl stars along with his Foo Fighters bandmates, drummer Taylor Hawkins, bassist Nate Mendel, guitarists Pat Smear and Chris Shiflett, and keyboard player Rami Jaffee. The cast also includes Whitney Cummings, Leslie Grossman, Will Forte, Jenna Ortega and Jeff Garlin. BJ McDonnell directed the film from a screenplay by Jeff Buhler and Rebecca Hughes, based on an original concept by Grohl.
STUDIO 666 will premiere in cinemas in the US on Friday, 25th February. Details of its Australian release are to be confirmed. “Like most things Foo, STUDIO 666 began with a far fetched idea that blossomed into something bigger than we ever imagined possible,” said Grohl.
Foo Fighters have a history of comical and somewhat ridiculous music videos. The most famous is the surrealist video for 1997’s ‘Everlong’, directed by Michel Gondry. Other classics include the ‘Learn to Fly’ from 1999, which parodies the movie Airplane! and won the Grammy for Best Music Video, and 2002’s ‘Low’, starring Grohl and Jack Black as hard rocking yokels.
Over the past decade or so, Grohl has also demonstrated his chops as a documentary filmmaker, starting with 2013 documentary feature Sound City and following up with the HBO documentary miniseries, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways. Most recently, he released What Drives Us, his “love letter to every musician that has ever jumped in an old van with their friends,” which is streaming via The Coda Collection.