Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters on new horror film 'Studio 666'

Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters talk to Yahoo Entertainment about Studio 666, an original horror film starring the Foo Fighters, in which Grohl becomes possessed by a demon and goes on a killing spree.

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LYNDSEY PARKER: Still kind of getting over the gore from watching the film last night. I expected "Studio 666" to be funny, I didn't expect it be so bloody disgusting.

DAVID GROHL: I mean, listen. Someone says, hey, here's some cameras, make a horror film. You're gonna-- you're gonna order extra blood. You got-- This is more blood. You know, there were times when we were filming some of those scenes where I would hear the director screaming at the guy who's pumping the blood, he's just going, more blood, more blood, more blood!

LYNDSEY PARKER: So you guys did all your own stunts, right?

DAVID GROHL: Actually, I didn't do all of my own stunts. There was this one scene where me and Jeff Garlin are kicking each other in the nuts over and over.


DAVID GROHL: That-- that was a stunt guy. I was not about to jump into that scene. No way.

LYNDSEY PARKER: You had a fluffer. A nutter fluffer.

DAVID GROHL: A nutter fluffer, yeah.

LYNDSEY PARKER: Obviously, I don't want to give away too much of it, but some of the band members, some of the Foo Fighters meet a grisly demise in this, at the hands of the possessed Mr. Grohl. It seems like you guys get along, but, like, was there anything kind of cathartic that you got to be violent with each other like this. And-- and, you know, beat each other up and worse.

PAT SMEAR: That was the hardest part for me. Like, having to be mean to my guys. That-- I didn't like that part.


- That's it!

PAT SMEAR: The part where I'm screaming at Taylor, like, that he's not doing it right on the drums. That was-- that was hard--


For me because-- because I was like his nightmare.

DAVID GROHL: I know, I've never screamed at Taylor like, no, hey, you're not right. That's not right. But it's hard for me as-- as the drummer to make a record with another drummer because I really feel like I have to be very gentle, in a way. And be like, no, you know. It's cool. That's great. Maybe try this, maybe try that.

You know, I don't have, like, fangs hanging out of my mouth and decapitate him with a cymbal or whatever. But there are a lot of, sort of realistic cliches in the film with a band going into the studio to make a record. Where then, you have creative differences or someone has writer's block and there's tension. But the movie, of course, is a much more exaggerated version of that.

LYNDSEY PARKER: Well, there's another great cameo about creative differences in there.

- We all have writer's block.

LYNDSEY PARKER: You got Lionel Richie to be in it. I know, Dave, you're a fan because I saw you serenade him a MusiCares a few years ago. You got Lionel Richie, America's sweetheart, to swear. You got him to drop the f-bomb more than once. Was that hard for him to do because he's such a, like, wholesome seeming guy.

DAVID GROHL: You know, to be honest that wasn't in the script. In-- The script was we all have writer's block, but that's my song. That's my song and-- and then he basically said like, you want me to like ramp it up a little bit? We were like, yeah. And then he was like, that's my [BLEEP] song. Like, he went for it.

That was-- that was Lionel, that was not the director or us. He's like, you wants some more? We're like, yes, Lionel, yes. More.


DAVID GROHL: He went there. It was great.

LYNDSEY PARKER: Oh my god. I don't think you're a huge fan of American Idol from what I've read before, but now that Lionel's on, I want you guys to go on and mentor '90s night. They've never had a 90s night, would you consider this?

DAVID GROHL: '90s night, ooh.

LYNDSEY PARKER: They've had '80s night.

DAVID GROHL: Well, you know, I have some good advice for '90s night. Be four hours late.



PAT SMEAR: Oh. Oh, this is gonna get dark. [LAUGHS]

DAVID GROHL: Yeah. Someone has to--

PAT SMEAR: Be on heroine.


DAVID GROHL: OK, yes. We would love to mentor '90s night, but we got to do it the right way.

LYNDSEY PARKER: Well, it sounds great, sounds great. So the last question I have, cause, Dave, I know obviously all you guys are fans of horror, but is it true that you once almost were a drummer for the great horror band Gwar?

DAVID GROHL: This is absolutely true, yeah.

LYNDSEY PARKER: Tell me the story.

DAVID GROHL: So I'm from Virginia, I grew up outside of Washington DC, and Gwar is from Richmond. Before they became Gwar, they had a couple other bands. There was a band called Death Piggy, then there was another band called Milk.

And my band, my little punk rock band, had opened up for both of those bands. We'd met, they'd seen me play the drums, it was probably 1987 that they needed a drummer, 1988. And the guitar player at the time, his name is Dewey, we got in touch and he asked if I wanted to join Gwar.

Gwar were becoming huge, like, in the underground scene back then. If 500 people showed up to your show, you were a huge band. And so I actually considered it for a moment. He said, you know, if you want, as a drummer, you don't want anything that's, like, blocking your face. You want your arms to be free.

So I started drawing out this costume and then I kind of thought like, wait a minute. I'm-- like, am I going to invite my uncle or my mom to a Gwar show? Like, I-- I don't-- I don't really think I could. But I-- was a huge, huge fan of Gwar, for sure.

LYNDSEY PARKER: I don't know if you want to invite your family to watch this movie. Definitely warn them that it's going to be scary, but I enjoyed it very much. I enjoyed this interview, I will sign off now with a Pearl Jam high five.

DAVID GROHL: Pearl Jame high five.


DAVID GROHL: See you around.

- Ever since we moved into this house, my mind is flooded.