Dave Grohl has found an outlet for the angst that inevitably afflicts bands. After being stuck touring and in small studios for nearly two decades, Grohl decided to let off steam through demonic possession.
The Grohl-penned film finds the Foo Fighters renting an abandoned San Fernando Valley mansion in an effort to find inspiration for their landmark 10th album. The boys soon realize that this Los Angeles haunt could take over from its lead singer. The new preview finds Grohl unblocked from a writer terrorizing Foo Fighters bandmates Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee after malevolent forces seize the drummer-turned-guitarist.
“Do you have the overwhelming feeling of death?” Grohl asks shortly after they arrive in the creepy confines, complete with plastic noose dolls.
It’s a fun, retrospective take on a horror movie. After all, it’s been a while since the likes of The Ramones stepped in to take charge of a Rock’n’Roll High School or Prince played a moody rockstar in purple rain.
While the band may not be a veteran, there’s a punch behind the camera. Studio 666 is run by BJ McDonnell who directed Hatchet III and Slayer: The unrepentant kill. McDonnell also served as a cameraman for James Wan during filming clever and Top Gun: Maverick.
Filmed in the same house where the Foo Fighters recorded their last album, medicine at midnight, where the experience inspired Grohl to write Workshop 666. In an interview with NME, Grohl said that during recording, the band noticed continuously out of tune instruments and software recording interference. Apparently the tracks were even deleted with new ones popping up full of weird open mic noise. Whether the house is haunted or not, it’s fortunate that Grohl was there to capture the mood as a veteran movie maker.
Grohl made his director/producer debut on the 2013 Sundance documentary city of sound on the Van Nuys studio in California, where Nirvana recorded It does not matter in 1991. He then directed the eight-part HBO documentary series in 2014 Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, which earned two of its four Emmy nominations. And in April, What motivates us, the second documentary directed by Grohl, has landed on Amazon Prime. A discreet ode to the road and a love letter to the rock n’ roll rite of passage: the van tour. The ballad features contributions from legends like Ringo Starr, Brian Johnson of AC/DC, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Slash and Duff McKagan of Guns & Roses, The Edge of U2 and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. However, it is unclear how often these icons activated the devil’s chord.
“Have you found a new musical note? »
“Damn, yeah, I did. That’s an L,” Grohl grumbles as he floats out of the room.
L like Lucifer? Maybe or maybe not, but the film’s soundtrack sounds heavy enough to thrill even the Prince of Lies.
Workshop 666 won’t start killing in theaters until February 25.
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