It’s not always enough for a lousy horror comedy to revolve around how bad it is. But I want to thank the people who created “Studio 666.” They splattered me – with the blood of food delivery men and the organs of Chris Shiflett, lead guitarist of Foo Fighters until he ended up here, and with a bad wink lightened it all. redundant things. (This is too long and covers your eyes.)
The cheeky humor of that title is something the filmmakers must strive for. Ditto cho Foo Fighters. The footage plays itself, hiding in a glamorous Southern California mansion to capture some overdue music as the resident villain takes over the band’s frontman, Dave Grohl. No one strives for anything more powerful than stupidity because that is the outer limit of where acting, writing (by Jeff Buhler and Rebecca Hughes) and directing (by BJ McDonnell) can take this premise.
Still, it’s interesting to catalog everyone’s impervious shame. Full performance by rhythm guitarist Pat Smear – again, as himself; great flip but warm blasé – is a luxurious understatement. Keyboardist Rami Jaffee leans towards New Age improvisation; and Taylor Hawkins, the drummer, is a natural, both behind his kit and crashing into the wall. And when Grohl’s satanic possession sends him on a voyage of rock star power, the rest of the band must endure the tides, bullying, and potential ritual sacrifices. .
The film exudes the authenticity of “Scooby-Doo” -meets- “The Shining” that shakes the Korean horror ropes and extends to Grohl, who has devoted, if not all, at least are his most charismatic “some”. He knows what to do with his eyes, when to narrow, roll and open them. That doesn’t seem like much – he can also be seen in videos of “Everlong” and “Learn to fly, “More imaginative and much shorter than this movie.” But in a movie where too many people can’t act, beautiful eyes are an expression of effort, of life. And Grohl is using something here, blurring the line between demonic possession and prima donna.
Satan’s fury is about music, man. And what the devil forces him to do culminates in an epic song that, in one passage, is like the bridge over “Nobody know” of the Queen of the Stone Age, and in another work, such as “Puppet Master“-Era Metallica. But the music is also clear next to the problem. “Studio 666” is overrated in our earnings. Pat Smear is the name of an outstanding musician. Here, it is also a verb.
Rated R for F bombs, chainsaws, cymbals as a power tool. Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes. In the theater.
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