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Forbidden Zone (1980)

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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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)
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Brian Routh ...
Harry Kipper (as The Kipper Kids)
Martin von Haselberg ...
Harry Kipper (as The Kipper Kids)
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Storyline

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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21 March 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tiltott zóna  »

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The film originated largely as a showcase for the musical performances of the Elfmans' musical theater troupe, The Mystic Knights Of The Oingo Boingo (with Danny Elfman's Satan character from the film being one such holdover from these stage shows). In the documentary "A Look Into The Forbidden Zone," director Richard Elfman states that he started the film with no particular audience in mind, merely as an exercise in unrestrained creativity and "to capture on film what I was no longer doing on stage with the Mystic Knights." See more »

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Ma: Flash, be sure and tie your grandfather up and check the knots real good. While he was sniffing around for food yesterday, he nearly wandered into the Forbidden Zone.
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Soundtracks

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 Greatest Musical EVER MADE!!!
13 July 1999 | by (Pleasant Zone) – See all my reviews

How shocked was I when my friend popped this tape into the VCR and my eyes were glued to the screen, riveted beyond comprehension. This movie, a kind of 1930s musical filtered through Pee-Wee's Playhouse, Fleisher Brothers cartoons, and a bad LSD trip. This is one of the most inventive, hilarious movies ever made, and I can't say enough good things about it. Find it today and watch it over and over and OVER!!!


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