On February 25, the long-awaited Foo Fighters horror comedy film “Studio 666” finally hit theaters.
The film tells the story of the band recording their tenth studio album, “Medicine at Midnight,” in a mansion in Encino, California. While the band is exploring the house, Dave Grohl becomes possessed by a demon and the band begins being haunted by all sorts of supernatural entities.
Although the movie just hit theaters, the overall reaction to the film is pretty clear. Critics hate it. Audiences love it.
The Foo Fighters Horror Comedy ‘Studio 666’ Is Dividing Critics & Fans!
Perhaps it would help if you were actually a fan of Foo Fighters and comedic horror movie spoofs before buying a ticket!
According to Rotten Tomatoes early on Friday morning, the approval rating from critics is only 59%. Meanwhile, audiences have given it an approval rating of 92%. Both have roughly the same amount of reviews, so make of that what you will.
Perri Nemiroff, a self-proclaimed Foo Fighters fan, gave the movie 3.5 out of 5 stars and called the movie “a bloody delight that makes me love the Foo Fighters even more than I already did” in her YouTube review.
Wesley Morris of the New York Times felt that the movie “exudes” real “Scooby-Doo”-meets-“The Shining” vibes that “rope in Korean horror and extend to Grohl, who gives, if not his all, then at least his most charismatic ‘some.’”
J.R. Kinnard of the Seattle Times called it “good B-movie fun!” and gave the movie a 3 out of 4 stars.
Ed Masley of the Arizona Republic wrote, “It’s plenty gory. And it definitely rocks.” He gave the film 3 out of 5 stars.
Meagan Navarro from Bloody Disgusting wrote, “That the Foo Fighters dont take themselves seriously makes for an infectiously fun, if uneven, time full of gleefully deranged horror moments, surprise cameos, and a new appreciation for the band.” She also gave the film 3 out of 5 stars.
William Bibbiani from The Wrap gave one of the most interesting film reviews, writing, “For a solid hour, and in occasional moments of gross inspiration as the film reaches its violent finale, the film plays a lot like A Hard Day’s Night/if it was directed by William Castle, and sponsored by Doritos.”
What Do The Critics Have To Say About ‘Studio 666’?
Although some critics enjoyed the movies, others called the movie “for die-hard Foo fans only.”
Katie Walsh of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “The jokes are stale, the energy is stilted, and the whole thing feels like a misbegotten vanity exercise cooked up in the pandemic to keep them occupied… for die-hard Foo fans only.” She gave the film 1.5 out of 4 stars.
Tim Robey of UK’s Daily Telegraph wrote, “The major crime of this film, other than the indulgence factor of watching wealthy rockers lark about making a totally disposable film for the sheer heck of it, is prolonged tedium.” He gave the film 2 out of 5 stars.
Jenny Nulf of the Austin Chronicle wrote, “Studio 666 feels like a dud – a horror movie with no good hooks and a rock & roll film that lacks the bombastic energy that’s ever-present at the band’s live shows.”
Adam Graham of Detroit News wrote, “It quickly grows tedious, an inside joke in search of a punchline.”
Michael O’Sullivan of the Washington Post called the film “either a delightful lark or a mystifying waste of time: Your pleasure will probably depend entirely on how you feel about Grohl.” He gave the film 1.5 out of 4 stars.
Jake Coyle of the Associated Press wrote, “It’s a goof, and there’s something to be said for watching Grohl and the gang having so much fun… The charm of that can only go so far, of course. This is essentially a decent SNL sketch stretched to nearly two hours.” He gave the film 2 out of 4 stars.
Pete Bradshaw of the Guardian wrote, “A violent gonzo grossout that sadly conforms to the horror-comedy tendency of being neither properly scary nor properly funny.” He gave the film 1 out of 5 stars.
If You’re A Fan Of The Foo Fighters, You’ll Love ‘Studio 666’!
Many of the verified audience reviews for the film were pretty positive!
“If you’re a fan of the Foos, you’ll love it! If you’re a fan of horror, you’ll like it. If you’re a fan of both… you’ll have a blast! Go see this movie!” one fan wrote.
“Classic Foo Fighters. Silly but at least there was a plot. Not usually my type of movie but anything with Dave Grohl and the Foo, I’m there,” another wrote.
“It’s a movie for the fans, first and foremost,” another shared. “It was cheesy. It was gory. It was beautiful.”
“If you love the band and go in with realistic expectations you’ll have a great time watching this movie,” another said.
Another fan called it, “A fun slice of cheesy goodness with some legit deaths. It gives you exactly what you want in a B movie fronted by the Foo Fighters.”
Overall, it seems that if you’re a fan of the Foo Fighters and cheesy horror movies, then you should definitely head to theaters to check out this flick! There is currently no word on when or if it will be available to stream, so if you’re a fan of the Foo Fighters, you won’t want to miss your chance to see them on the big screen!
And don’t forget to enjoy some limited edition Foo Fighters Coors Light while you’re at it!