MMT Quick Review of STUDIO 666 by guest contributor Samantha Hollins

When the maximum dose of comedy and horror is executed in the right manner it injects all the elements of a killer film. Studio 666 is a story by rock legend Dave Grohl (Directed by BJ McDonnell). It is a twisted ceremony of decimated flesh, eerie humor with harmonic entities, and shape shifting moments of laughter into instant chills and thrills.

Dave Grohl was more like Dave GORE as he and his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band, Foo Fighters, led the premise of the storyline that evoked a haunting recording session in an Encino, CA mansion. When I think about some of their earlier theatrical music videos including “Everlong”, “My Hero” and “Learn To Fly”, in my mind Foo Fighters have been making films and this is just an extension of their classic, visual brilliance. Their characters are an eclipse of who they are versus who they became through the vision of Dave’s enthralling vision. Foo Fighter guitarist, Pat Smear, literally had me in tears of laughter in one of the scariest scenes. 

Studio 666 taps into the mythology of the occult within the entertainment industry. The ingenious rhythm of the narrative (story by Dave Grohl, screenplay by Rebecca Hughes and Jeff Buhler) translates into evocative mayhem. The marriage of horror and Rock-n-Roll work and are so engaging together. I had a similar feeling of insane pleasure when I saw I first saw the 1970 film “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.” It invades the psyche with sonic extremes to hardcore screams.

Horror icon John Carpenter composing the theme song for “Studio 666” was a potent ingredient that helped to stir even more venom into the sound scape. The score (by Roy Mayorga) bled in between each scene, scraping off the visuals like magic. The studio was the main character that delivered horrific, unlucky charm. 

The Foo Fighters together in song and on screen is nothing new. From Nirvana to their latest album entitled Medicine at Midnight, (released February 5, 2021) Dave Grohl has been working every muscle of his creative energy. 

This time that infectious chemistry Foo Fighters are known for took on a cinematic incarnation that is definitely in harmony with the horror genre. Honestly, I didn’t know what to think when I first heard about “Studio 666.” All I know is that I had to see it and now I cannot unsee it. It’s the epitome of a cult classic on insane melodic acid. “Studio 666” is my new favorite hardcore horror-gore film.

I rate it 5 out of 5 on the MMTrometer.

STUDIO 666 is in theaters now. Check here for showtimes.

Samantha Hollins, aka Ghetto SongBird, is a multi-talented Rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, poet/writer, photographer and all around creative soul who passionately enjoys sharing her positive artistic energy and harmonic vibes. You can follow her group The Culture Rock Griot on Facebook and get additional information at her site Theculturerockgriot.com.

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