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the foo fightersbefore Dave Grohlstar in an all-new horror-comedy titled Workshop 666directed by Hatchet III director BJ Mc Donnel and filmed in secret during the pandemic.
In Workshop 666, the Foo Fighters move into an Encino mansion with a horrifying, satanic history to record their latest album. Once inside the house, Dave Grohl finds himself struggling with supernatural forces that threaten both the album’s completion and the band’s life. The film is based on a story by Grohl, written by Jeff Buhler and Rebecca Hughes.
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Ahead of the film’s release, Bloody Disgusting chatted with Grohl about its horror influences, heavy gore, and the details behind it. John Charpentierit’s surprising involvement in the film, including the creation of the opening theme.
Influences of Horror:
Workshop 666 wears its horror influences on its sleeves and includes unmistakable riffs from iconic horror movie moments. A formative horror film stands out among the rest as the most important to Grohl.
Grohl explained, “We were inspired by a lot of our favorite classic movies. When I was a kid, my favorite horror movie – my favorite movie of all time – and I’m not even kidding is The Exorcist. I just think it’s a fucking masterpiece. I’m here in Virginia right now, in the house where I grew up. When I was a punk rock kid, we used to go to Georgetown, Washington, DC, every weekend and drink beer on those Exorcist steps that are right in front of Key Bridge in Washington, DC. The house is right there, and the steps are there. That’s where we used to hang out all the time.
“I had this personal thing with The Exorcist that I just think it’s the greatest movie of all time. There were a lot of classic horror elements that we wanted to add to the film. Will [Forte] walking home with the food delivery, when we saw the lighting, we were like, ‘Dude, pause for a second. You must be Father Karras. You must be there in this foggy moment. We have to get this Exorcist shoot.’ Lots of people get it, some don’t, but lots of people do.
On John Carpenter:
The master of horror makes a surprising appearance in Workshop 666 and offered to write the music for the film’s opening theme. Grohl is still impressed by it.
The musician details the serendipitous events that led to Carpenter’s involvement: “When we told our road crew we were doing a horror movie, our lighting designer, Dan Hadley, said, ‘Oh my God, I know John Carpenter. I’ve been on the road and done some lights for him when he was performing his music in front of a live audience. You should email him and see if he makes an appearance. I’m like, ‘There’s no fucking way John Carpenter is going to be in our stupid little horror movie.’ He said, ‘You should try it.’ I’m like, so, I fucking emailed John Carpenter, ‘Hi. My name is Dave; I’m in a rock band called Foo Fighters. We’re doing a movie. horror movie and we have a mutual friend, Dan Hadley. Want to appear in our movie?
“He emailed me back and said, “Fifteen years ago the Foo Fighters took my son’s band on tour. You treated him so well on the road. Not only will I be in your movie, but I’ll be writing the theme song.‘
“Listen, when we first heard the theme song, when he and Daniel [Davies] recorded the song, and they sent it to us, everyone got chills. Everyone practically had tears in their eyes, and we looked at each other and said, “How the hell can we be lucky enough to have such an incredible experience? It blew everyone away. Yes, we had a great day on set. It was awesome. He was wonderful. Everyone was in awe. You’re listening to music and you’re like, ‘Okay, there’s a reason John Carpenter is a legend.’ You just close your eyes, open your ears, listen to this, and you’re like, “That’s John Carpenter.‘”
Another surprising element of the Foo Fighters comedy horror is the level of blood released. Turns out Grohl is also friends with one of horror’s legendary special effects artists.
“Special effects guru Tony Gardner is a friend we worked with on a Foo Fighters video years ago“, Grohl said. “We did a video for a song called ‘Run.’ In this video, we are seniors playing in a nursing home. We needed prosthetic makeup to age us, so we hired Tony, who’s been making horror movies for decades. He invented Chucky. He was in the ‘Thriller’ video; he’s been there a long time. You would never imagine that someone with this twisted, brutally disgusting imagination would be such a nice guy. We called him to ask him if he wanted to do a horror movie. He said: ‘Finally, yes! I can make horror prostheses. We spent a day wandering around the house, finding new, inventive, fun, and creative ways to murder people.
“It was Tony. He said, ‘You know what you gotta do? You should crucify [Redacted for spoilers] or decapitate them with a symbol. [Redacted], you should throw their face in the grill, and you would see the flesh rise. We laughed the whole time. Yes, let’s do it. Let’s do it. It was fun. None of us are real horror fans. We all grew up watching our favorite horror movies and were inspired by our favorite bands who made group movies. As far as gore goes, everything Tony. It’s fucking Tony Gardner. He’s a legend, so I’m glad he did it for sure.“
See who Dave Grohl kills and how messy it gets when Workshop 666 hits theaters this weekend. And keep your eyes and ears open for music and an appearance by John Carpenter!