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Forbidden Zone (1980)

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The bizarre and musical tale of a girl who travels to another dimension through the gateway found in her family's basement.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gisele Lindley ...
Jan Stuart Schwartz ...
Marie-Pascale Elfman ...
Virginia Rose ...
Gene Cunningham ...
Huckleberry P. Jones / Pa Hercules (as Ugh-Fudge Bwana)
Phil Gordon ...
Hyman Diamond ...
Matthew Bright ...
Squeezit & René Henderson (as Toshiro Boloney)
Brian Routh ...
Harry Kipper (as The Kipper Kids)
Martin von Haselberg ...
Harry Kipper (as The Kipper Kids)


A mysterious door in the basement of the Hercules house leads to the Sixth Dimension by way of a gigantic set of intestine. When Frenchy slips through the door, King Fausto falls in love with her. The jealous Queen Doris takes Frenchy prisoner, and it is up to the Hercules family and friend Squeezit Henderson to rescue her. Written by Scott Murdock <scottm@kc.grapevine.com>

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A chaotic musical fantasy.


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Release Date:

21 March 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tiltott zóna  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The heavyset boy who appears twice (during the Kipper Kids' boxing musical number, and who Grampa Hercules steals the pie from), was someone that Richard Elfman had known from his neighborhood. He was so shy that during his intended musical performance, he froze up on camera. His mouth was superimposed with Matthew Bright's. See more »


Squeezit: [during gunfight after Frency jumps out of window] Frenchy, come back! They'll mark you truant!
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Spoofed in Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) See more »


Yiddishe Charleston
Composed by Billy Rose (as Rose) and Fred Fisher (as Fischer)
Piano played by Brad Kay (uncredited)
Performed by Richard Elfman (uncredited)
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The weirdest most nonsensical musical you'll ever see!
19 July 2005 | by (Bloomsburg PA) – See all my reviews

"Forbidden Zone" is up there on the list of strangest films of all time. It's a hell of a lot of fun, even though it doesn't make much sense. The film was created by Matthew Bright and Richard Elfman from the 80's rock band Oingo Boingo. They also did the film's music. The story concerns a family who buys a house from a drug dealer. Little do they know that it has a door that leads to the sixth dimension. The film becomes a crazed B&W surreal musical of comical strangeness. Tattoo of "Fantasy Island" plays the king of the sixth dimension. There's a depraved queen, a giant frog, a topless princess, drag queens, gigantic dice props and other things that you have to see to believe. It's as if John Waters and Jodorowsky teamed up to film "the Wizard of Oz" in black and white. The funniest part of the film has to be the guys wearing jockstraps who make musical fart noises while boxing. This is definitely not your average musical!

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