Movie Review: Studio 666 (2022)

Synopsis: Struggling to come up with a new sound for the Foo Fighters' 10th album, Dave Grohl convinces the band to move into an Encino mansion with a checkered history. He is eventually possessed by an evil spirit that wants his band to complete a lengthy song with the ability to release a demon. The band continues to follow his instructions but notice his odd behavior, which includes eating raw meat and murder.

Who's in it? The movie stars Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee and Chris Shiflett.

Review: I came across this movie a few weeks ago and added it to my library because it sounded interesting or, as I told my wife, sounded like a really bad Scooby Doo! episode. We got around to watching it yesterday evening and my opinion of it was mixed.

I will give the movie some points for uniqueness. The whole haunted house/possession thing has been done before but this is the first time I've seen a movie take it to a different level by using a real band. The film also wasn't nearly as predictable as I would expect a movie in this genre to be because, since they were real-life people rather than fictional characters, their deaths were much more surprising.

I also liked the mystery surrounding Groh's intentions. He was obsessed with creating a song, but you don't learn why until much later in the film, when that song is already approaching 40 minutes. Plus, there are a lot of side characters in the movie, ranging from their too-friendly next-door neighbor (Whitney Cummings) to their manager (Jeff Garlin) that were kind of hard to trust.

Despite everything the movie did right, I did feel it could have used a few more scares. The film seemed to focus more on dark comedy and unnecessary gore, and I just didn't think that was enough to carry the movie. In fact, I was starting to get bored after the first hour or so. 

It might have also helped to give the other band members a bit more personality. Groh was excellent. The rest of the Foo Fighters were mostly just there, and it was kind of hard to really care what happened to them.

Final Opinion: It's not as good as I hoped it would be but there is enough uniqueness to the movie to make it worth watching.

My Grade: B-


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