• by Wes Singleton

Studio 666 - C

Rated R, 106 minutes

"Studio 666" is an uneven blend of horror, comedy and rock & roll starring legendary rock band the Foo Fighters and their lead singer, Dave Grohl. If you don't take it too seriously, the film, which is over-the-top violent and gory, could be fun, while at other moments you wonder what the group was thinking.

Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Foo Fighters move into an Encino mansion steeped in grisly rock history to record their much anticipated 10th album. 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.

The creative process can be a tough one, and can really change people by the end. In the fun but pointless "Studio 666" Grohl and the Foo Fighters are really, really changed, as in possessed (or maybe just obsessed) to create a new album. The film is directed by video music director B.J. McDonnell in his feature film debut and co-written by Jeff Buhler ("Pet Sematary") and Rebecca Hughes and is less scary and much more bloody than you might think. The premise is a clever one for sure, combining lots of blood and gore with rock & roll, but the end result doesn't seem to work as well.

This might be a good companion piece with some of the Foo Fighters other work, and will certainly appeal to their fan base, but even die hard fans of the group will recognize one thing of Grohl and his castmates Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Rami Jaffee and Chris Shiflett: they're skilled musicians, not skilled actors. Still, they do seem to have fun, especially Grohl, who is possessed and gets to murder his castmates, and well, most everyone, in the film. Jeff Garlin, Whitney Cummings and especially Will Forte (one of my favorites from "Saturday Night Live") all get in a few bloody fun moments at the expense of a possessed Grohl. Watch for a fun cameo from singer Lionel Ritchie as well as Grohl attempts to sing Ritchie's classic hit "Hello."

The first part of "Studio 666" drags, but there's more energy once the possessed Grohl takes over the film in its second half. If you don't take it too seriously, it could be fun, though I wasn't always entirely sure of the point of the film, with Grohl going to considerable lengths just to have a solo career. There's a bunch of over-the-top blood and nonsense along the way; if you're a fan of the Foo Fighters music but not of gory violence, then "Studio 666" isn't for you, and you'll have a better experience listening to one of their albums.