Studio 666 parents guide

Studio 666 Parent Guide

This horror comedy provides gruesome horror scenes with gory, bloody murders throughout the film.

Overall D

Theaters. In preparation for writing their 10th album, the Foo Fighters move into a mansion in Encino to get their creative juices flowing. Unbeknownst to them, the house is haunted by a malevolent rock and roll entity that begins to possess band members.

Release date February 25, 2022

Violence D
Sexual Content C-
Profanity D
Substance Use D

Why is Studio 666 rated R? The MPAA rated Studio 666 R for strong bloody violence and gore, pervasive language, and sexual content.

Run Time: 106 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Now working on their tenth album, the Foo Fighters are running out of ideas. Under increasing pressure from the studio, front man Dave Grohl is stuck in a bad patch of writer’s block. Desperate to get the album made, the band decides to follow in Led Zeppelin’s footsteps, and move into an old house out in Encino to record the album, rather than one of the established studios in L.A. While the house is clearly disused, probably haunted, and undeniably creepy, it also has phenomenal acoustics – acoustics that provide exactly the new sound that the band needs. As work on the album begins, the band members start to notice strange occurrences like bad nightmares, shadowy figures, strange sounds…but the music has to get made. Even if it has consequences beyond what anyone would have thought possible.

Horror comedies are all plagued by the same problem. The goals of horror films and comedies are fundamentally antithetical to one another. And that’s not to say that you won’t find funnier moments in a horror film – in fact, they’re necessary to break tension sometimes – but that’s a nearly impossible balance to strike through a whole film. Studio 666, despite planting itself firmly in the comedy camp, still manages to have better horror effects than half of the actual horror movies I’ve seen in the last year.

It is brazenly a comedy, focusing on the weird interpersonal dynamics between a bunch of aging rock stars in a haunted house. Grohl spends his screen time gnawing on the scenery (sometimes literally), while his perplexed bandmates try to get to the bottom of the problem. The problem for audiences is that following the story requires a base level of familiarity with the band – fans only, for this film. If you don’t know the band, you’re not going to be able to maintain a lot of interest, especially since none of them are terrific actors. But that’s not their day job anyway.

The horror, on the other hand, is absolutely gruesome. Messy murders abound, and horrifying spectral figures keep popping up to go “boo” in the night. This is where the film really earns its Restricted rating. Dismemberment, mutilation, decapitation, occult rituals, some cannibalism…it’s a little bit of a lot, at times. There’s also a veritable blitz of profanity, as the film contains no fewer than 165 f-bombs in a mere 106 minutes. But for the specifically targeted audience of Foo Fighters fans who like a good ol’ gory horror romp, this is going to fit the bill. For the rest of you? Maybe just stick to something a little more accessible and a little less gory…like The Evil Dead, for example.

Directed by BJ McDonnell. Starring Dave Grohl, Will Forte, Jenna Ortega. Running time: 106 minutes. Theatrical release February 25, 2022. Updated

Studio 666
Rating & Content Info

Why is Studio 666 rated R? Studio 666 is rated R by the MPAA for strong bloody violence and gore, pervasive language, and sexual content.

Violence: There are frequent scenes of gory violence. People are disemboweled, decapitated, stabbed, electrocuted, beaten to death, and burned. A couple are laterally bisected with a chainsaw while having sex. An individual commits suicide by hanging. Corpses are seen in varying states of dismemberment: one is nailed to a tree. A flayed raccoon is seen nailed to a wall. A man’s face is forced to a hot barbecue grill repeatedly until the skin melts and he is then stabbed to death. An individual is eaten.
Sexual Content: There are several crude and explicit sexual references. Someone is heard watching pornography. A couple are seen having sex in bed without explicit nudity. Characters are infrequently seen in underwear.
Profanity: There are 165 uses of extreme profanity, 39 uses of scatological profanity, and frequent use of mild curses and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adult characters are frequently shown drinking. They are also seen ingesting food which has allegedly been dusted with cocaine.

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