The Foo Fighters are cutting a new album in “Studio 666”

Dave Grohl has found an outlet for the fear that inevitably plagues bands. After being stuck touring and in small studios for nearly two decades, Grohl decided to vent about demonic possession.

The Grohl-penned film follows the Foo Fighters who rent an abandoned mansion in the San Fernando Valley to find inspiration for their landmark 10th album. The boys soon realize that this Los Angeles hangout could take its lead singer. The new preview shows how an author’s unblocked grol terrorizes Foo Fighters bandmates Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett and Rami Jaffee after malevolent forces arrested the drummer-turned-guitarist.

“Are you getting the overwhelming feeling of death?” Grohl asks shortly after they reach the creepy confinement, complete with laced plastic dolls.

It’s a fun throwback take on a horror movie. After all, it’s been a while since the likes of The Ramones took over the running of a rock ‘n’ roll high school or Prince played a moody rock star in Purple Rain.

While the band may not be veteran actors, there’s plenty of oomph behind the camera. Studio 666 is managed by BJ McDonnell, who directed Hatchet III and Slayer: The Repentless Killogy. McDonnell also served as James Wan’s cinematographer on the filming of Malignant and Top Gun: Maverick.

Filmed in the same house where the Foo Fighters recorded their latest album Medicine at Midnight, where the experience inspired Grohl to write Studio 666. In an interview with NME, Grohl said the band noticed instruments being constantly out of tune during recording. Apparently even tracks were deleted and new ones popped up full of bizarre open mic noise. Haunted or not, it’s fortunate that Grohl, as a surprisingly skilled filmmaker, was there to capture the mood.

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Grohl made his debut as a director/producer on the 2013 Sundance documentary Sound City, about the Van Nuys, California studio where Nirvana recorded Nevermind in 1991. He then directed the eight-part HBO docu-series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways in 2014, which took home two of his four Emmy nominations. And in April, What Drives Us, the second documentary directed by Grohl, landed on Amazon Prime. An understated ode to the road and a love letter to rock n’ roll’s rite of passage: Touring in the Van. The ballad features contributions from legends such as Ringo Starr, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Guns & Roses’ Slash and Duff McKagan, U2’s The Edge and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea. However, it is not clear how many times these symbols activated the Devil’s Chord.

Dave Grohl is a hungry beast in Studio 666. YouTube/Roswell Films/Therapy Studios

“You found a new musical note?”

“Damn, yes I did. It’s an L,” Grohl growls, floating out of the room.

L like Lucifer? Maybe or maybe not, but the film’s soundtrack sounds heavy enough to rock even the Prince of Lies.

Studio 666 won’t be in theaters until February 25th.

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