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Forbidden Zone (1982)

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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.

Director:

Richard Elfman

Writers:

Richard Elfman (story), Richard Elfman (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Cunningham Gene Cunningham ... Huckleberry P. Jones / Pa Hercules (as Ugh-Fudge Bwana)
Marie-Pascale Elfman ... Susan B. 'Frenchy' Hercules
Virginia Rose Virginia Rose ... Ma Hercules
Phil Gordon Phil Gordon ... Flash Hercules
Hyman Diamond ... Gramps Hercules
Brian Routh Brian Routh ... Harry Kipper (as The Kipper Kids)
Martin von Haselberg ... Harry Kipper (as The Kipper Kids)
Jan Stuart Schwartz ... Bust Rod, the Servant Frog
Susan Tyrrell ... Queen Doris of the Sixth Dimension / Ruth Henderson
Gisele Lindley Gisele Lindley ... The Princess
Rosilyn Aronson Rosilyn Aronson ... First Teasing Girl
Rosilyn Crinion Rosilyn Crinion ... Second Teasing Girl
Matthew Bright ... Squeezit & René Henderson (as Toshiro Boloney)
Kedric Wolfe Kedric Wolfe ... Human Chandelier / Miss Feldman, the School Teacher
Sugar Bear Sugar Bear ... Gunfighting Student
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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.


Certificate:

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Queen Doris: Why does it feel so good to be sooooo bad?
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Alternate Versions

A colorized version of the film was authorized by director Richard Elfman in 2008. See more »

Connections

References Violent Is the Word for Curly (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Forbidden Zone Theme
(uncredited)
Music by Danny Elfman
Performed by Danny Elfman and Oingo Boingo
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Great soundtrack, fun tweaky humor.
9 September 1998 | by AirnSee all my reviews

Cult-type film with an amazing soundtrack by Danny Elfman and The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. Incredible cameo by D. Elfman as Satan. Not a kids movie, but tweaked fun for adults/mature teens.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

21 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forbidden Zone See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hercules Films Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (colorized version)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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