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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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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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Several of the cast and crew members also make cameos in the classroom scenes, such as the the Kipper Kids (as the blond pigtailed girls in the nostril harnesses), Gisele Lindley (as the girl with the missing tooth), and Richard Elfman (as one of the dark-suited performers in front of the room). See more »


Queen Doris: Tell me why that French slut is so special to you and why you carry her picture around in your pocket!
King Fausto: All right, I'll tell to you. She's French and that's simple. Therefore she's of the master race. A direct descendant of God just like me.
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Referenced in The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) See more »


Some of These Days
Composed by Shelton Brooks
Performed by Marie-Pascale Elfman, Gene Cunningham (as Ugh-Fudge Bwana) and Virginia Rose (all uncredited)
Vocals by Cab Calloway
Courtesy of M.C.A. Inc.
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Good Weird Fun!
7 February 2002 | by (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

Just about the strangest thing I've ever seen. THIS cult classic puts "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" to shame if you ask me! Danny Elfman and The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo perform the music and they even make a strange appearance in the movie. Elfman shines in his brief but delectable role as Satan.

I'm certain that "Forbidden Zone" isn't for everyone, but its loopy, nutty humor will appeal to some folks... especially fans of Boingo. Give it a try! If you thought that Rocky Horror was weird, take a gander at THIS!!

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