Directed by B.J. McDonnell
Written by Jeff Buhler & Rebecca Hughes
Story by Dave Grohl
Starring Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett & Rami Jaffee
With Whitney Cummings, Leslie Grossman, Will Forte, Jenna Ortega, & Jeff Garlin
Cameo by John Carpenter
Release Date: February 25, 2022
Running Time: 1hr 46min
Legendary rock band Foo Fighters (playing themselves) move into an Encino mansion steeped in grisly rock and roll history to record their much anticipated 10th album. Once in the house, frontman Dave Grohl finds himself grappling with supernatural forces that threaten both the completion of the album and the lives of the band.
Made in secret, filming took place in the same house the band recorded their album Medicine at Midnight (the experience of which gave Grohl the story idea). Nearing the end of filming in early 2020, production was shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States (guessing you guys remember that). Production resumed in Los Angeles months later, becoming one of the first films to do so during the pandemic. The film received mixed reviews, which is pretty common for horror films in general.
I think this movie is tons of fun. It doesn’t aspire to be anything other than an over the top horror comedy, and it very much succeeds! It’s filled with all the familiar tropes you love in horror: creepy house with a murderous past, evil book, someone getting possessed, nightmares, someone warning you of the impending doom, and copious amounts of fake blood and gore. I don’t know much about the Foo Fighters (still not a whole lot as I’m writing this, music isn’t my area of expertise), but I’m familiar enough with them, plus I like horror movies, and clearly the people who made this movie do too.
The acting from the band is a bit stiff at times (as expected, they’re musicians, not professional actors), but they’re all clearly having fun, plus their on screen chemistry is solid due to them all performing together for so long. Dave Grohl gives the best performance out of the bunch, putting in so much energy when his fictional self starts losing it.
The supporting cast of comedians and actors lend a lot, plus there are some fun cameos by other musicians (some I wasn’t as familiar with either, with the exception of a very amusing one) and even horror legend John Carpenter as a sound engineer (plus he contributed to some of the music). So yeah, this is a solid horror comedy that I highly recommend if you’re a fan of the genre. Being a fan of The Foo Fighters will also factor in I’m sure.
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