Studio 666 | BJ McDonnell Interview [Exclusive]

Studio 666 directed by BJ McDonnell

(L to R) Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, Rami Jaffee, Chris Shiflett, Dave Grohl, and Taylor Hawkins star as themselves in director BJ McDonnell’s STUDIO 666, an Open Road Films release. Credit : Courtesy of Open Road Films

BJ McDonnell returns to the horror genre director’s chair with Studio 666 that reminiscences a bloody fest of Hatchet III.

In this go-around, the gory film stars the entire band of Foo Fighters in their fight for survival.

The story was written by Foo Fighters lead man Dave Grohl, which is adapted into a screenplay by Jeff Buhler and Rebecca Hughes. Grohl stars alongside his bandmates that included Taylor Hawkins, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, and Rami Jaffee. Additional cast included Whitney Cummings, Will Forte, Jenna Ortega, Leslie Grossman, and Jeff Garlin.

Here is the official synopsis:

In Studio 666, the legendary rock band Foo Fighters move into an Encino mansion steeped in grisly rock and roll history to record their much anticipated 10th album. Once in the house, Dave Grohl finds himself grappling with supernatural forces that threaten both the completion of the album and the lives of the band.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director BJ McDonnell. We talked about the horror story from Dave Grohl and directing musicians in a film. We also talked about using practical effects for gore in the movie and the Easter Eggs of horror films scattered throughout.

BJ McDonnell made his directorial feature film debut with Hatchet III in 2012. Later, he gained wide recognition for the live-action rendition of the Dead Island video game commercial. Since 2015, he mainly directed music videos for Slayer and commercials for Air Hogs. However, he worked on multiple projects on the camera production side with Top Gun: Maverick, Malignant, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Zombieland: Double Tap, and The Curse of La Llorona to name a few.

Studio 666 will be in theaters on Friday, February 25.

Watch the exclusive interview with BJ McDonnell below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Open Road Films

 

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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