Musician Dave Grohl may have been drawing from experience when he crafted “Studio 666.”
The Foo Fighters horror-comedy is scheduled for a theatrical release on February 25. The film tells the story of the band trying to record their tenth studio album in a haunted mansion. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse when the band ends up battling demonic possession and supernatural forces who are trying to prevent them from finishing their album.
In an interview with Deadline, Grohl said, “We’re making a f—ing rock’n’roll movie that has a few dumb scares and it’s going make you f—ing laugh your a– off.” Grohl was inspired to create the films not only because he is an avid fan of horror movies, but because he also had a few spooky experiences himself!
Dave Grohl Admits That He Spent A Lot Of Time At The House Where ‘The Exorcist’ Was Filmed
When asked what horror movies he loved growing up as a child, Grohl replied, “The first horror movie that I really remember was the original Amityville Horror.”
“I read the book before seeing the movie,” he explained. “It was one of the first books I read front to back. It was probably 1979, so I was maybe 10 years old. I read the book over and over and then the movie came out and I was f—ing terrified.”
“I’m still scared of that movie,” he admitted. “Growing up in Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC, The Exorcist was filmed in DC and that house and those steps that go down where everyone was killed on the steps, the bottom of those steps is where all the punks would hang out and drink on a weekend.”
“I spent a lot of time there on those steps and at that house,” he added. “To this day, I still consider The Exorcist to be one of the greatest movies of all time, not just horror genre, just one of the greatest films. Those were my big ones. Friday the 13th… I love The Evil Dead. I’m such a goof and I love gore.”
He also admitted that the film has an “Evil Dead” kind of vibe to it.
“I mean as we were building the idea for the film, we definitely were cherry picking from our favorite horror film cliches,” he explained. “We’re in a haunted house where there’s a f—ing gate to hell downstairs and it’s a book made flesh. We’re stuck in this house together, like The Shining… we’ve borrowed a few elements from a few different classic horror films. We always realized the one thing that would set this apart is that it was a rock and roll movie.”
Has Dave Grohl Ever Been Inside A Real Haunted House?
When asked if he ever recorded in a real-life haunted studio, the Nirvana drummer had a few stories to tell!
“First of all, Sound City [where Nirvana recorded Nevermind] did have a ghost,” he said. “I never experienced it. But a lot of the people that work there had some really crazy stories about what would happen after everyone had gone home.”
“But the Robert Lang studio [where Grohl recorded the first Foo Fighters record] in Seattle… that’s funny because I lived just down the street from there and the only time I’ve lived anywhere that had any sort of paranormal activity was in the house down the street from Robert Lang’s,” he explained. “I lived in that house for two years but there was something else in the house.”
“I wasn’t the only one that felt it,” he continued. “I wouldn’t mention it to anyone and then other people would mention it to me. Then I finally mentioned it to Robert Lang and he said there’s a ghost in the forest that separates me from Robert Lang’s studio. Like a legit f—ing creepy thing.”
“It was the ghost of a woman and she was in my f—ing dreams,” he added. “But as far as recording studios, I haven’t really haven’t had too much.”
It sounds like Grohl definitely had enough spooky experience to last a lifetime! Fans are anxiously waiting to get spooked when “Studio 666” debuts in theaters on February 25, 2022. Fans can check out the teaser below!