Forbidden Zone

Forbidden Zone

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Director: Richard Elfman

Cast: Herve Villechaize, Susan Tyrrell, Marie-Pascale Elfman

     
 

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Oingo Boingo fans and midnight movie mavens will love this bizarre black-and-white feature packed with music, madness, and members of the Elfman clan. The story revolves around the Hercules family, who live in a house that just happens to hide a secret entrance to the Sixth Dimension in the basement. When daughter Frenchy (Marie-Pascale Elfman) skips school one… See more details below

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Oingo Boingo fans and midnight movie mavens will love this bizarre black-and-white feature packed with music, madness, and members of the Elfman clan. The story revolves around the Hercules family, who live in a house that just happens to hide a secret entrance to the Sixth Dimension in the basement. When daughter Frenchy (Marie-Pascale Elfman) skips school one afternoon, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to the forbidden door, and winds up a prisoner in this alternate world. King Fausto (Herve Villechaize), the diminutive leader of the Sixth Dimension, is enamored with the beautiful young Frenchy and keeps her in the same cell as his favorite concubines, despite the disapproval of Queen Doris (Susan Tyrrell). Frenchy's brother, Flash (Phil Gordon), follows her into the Forbidden Zone with Gramps (Hyman Diamond) in tow, intending to save her, but they too are captured and must call school chum Squeezit (Toshiro Baloney, aka Matthew Bright) for help. Squeezit tries to assist, but ends up captured and decapitated by Satan (Danny Elfman), though this development doesn't keep his disembodied noggin from flying about and informing King Fausto that the Queen is planning to dispose of his beloved Frenchy. The appearance of the King's first wife and the kidnapping of his topless daughter further confuse matters, but everything is wrapped up neatly with an elaborate song and dance number at the conclusion.

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Editorial Reviews

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Midnight movies can get pretty crazy but they rarely ever get as far out on a limb as Forbidden Zone does. Anyone expecting consistence of style or thought from this film will be left dumbstruck. Simply put, director/co-writer Richard Elfman and his band of collaborators just allow their imaginations to run wild, creating a fever-dream that mixes a visual design out of a Max Fleischer cartoon, Three Stooges-style slapstick humor and John Waters-esque depictions of fetishistic sex and violence. The actors are pretty much left to their own devices but everyone brings something interesting to the proceedings: Susan Tyrell devours the scenery with her high-energy turn as the tyrannical queen of the titular area, Herve Villechaize offsets her manic energy by playing his role as her amour-crazed king in a straight-faced style and co-writer Matthew Bright (using the pseudonym Toshiro Boloney) brings a combination of deadpan wit and sleazy glee to his dual role as a troubled brother and sister duo. The element that keeps this crazy-quilt of sensations together is the music, which combines everything from 1930's jazz to angular new wave. Said music is performed with gusto by Oingo Boingo and stylishly composed and arranged by future soundtrack kingpin Danny Elfman, who also performs a delightful tribute to Cab Calloway as the film's incarnation of the Devil. The end result might lack focus but it is genuinely unpredictable and offers some bizarre new sight or idea around every corner. In short, Forbidden Zone represents the midnight movie at its delirious, anarchistic peak. It's not for all tastes but, then again, it wouldn't be true cult fare if it was.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/29/2015
UPC:
0760137727095
Original Release:
1980
Source:
Forbidden Zone
Sales rank:
82,804

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Herve Villechaize King Fausto
Susan Tyrrell Queen Doris
Marie-Pascale Elfman Frenchy
Viva Ex-Queen
Kipper Kids Actor
Giselle Lindley Actor
Danny Elfman Satan
Richard Elfman Masseuse, prisoner
Joe Spinell Squeezit's father
Jan Stuart Schwartz Actor
Virginia Rose Actor
Ugh-Fudge Bwana Actor
Philip Gordon Actor
Hyman Diamond Actor
Toshiro Boloney Actor

Technical Credits
Richard Elfman Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Carl Borack Producer
M. Bright Screenwriter
Ken Corrone Set Decoration/Design
Gene Cunningham Executive Producer
Marie-Pascale Elfman Production Designer
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Jane Huzienga Production Designer
Nick James Co-producer,Screenwriter
David M. Makler Art Director
Nick L. Martinson Screenwriter
Martin W. Nicholson Associate Producer,Asst. Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Gregory Sandor Cinematographer
Carol Zeitz Choreography

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