6.9/10
4,042
93 user 56 critic

Forbidden Zone (1980)

Trailer
0:47 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 (HD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
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 »
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Apple (1980)
Music | Musical | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

In 1994, a young couple enters the world of the music industry, and subsequently the world of drugs.

Director: Menahem Golan
Stars: Catherine Mary Stewart, George Gilmour, Grace Kennedy
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

When three N.Y. kids are murdered, the local Hatiian voodoo priest re-animates their shrunken heads to exact revenge. Complications arise between one of the heads and his former girlfriend.

Director: Richard Elfman
Stars: Julius Harris, Meg Foster, Aeryk Egan
Hausu (1977)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Stars: Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Ohba
Action | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Two mercenaries help wandering caravans fight off an evil and aimless band of white-clad bikers after the nuclear holocuast.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Stars: Giancarlo Prete, Fred Williamson, George Eastman
Fantasy Island (1977–1984)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Accounts of visitors to a unique resort island in the Pacific Ocean that can fulfill literally any fantasy requested, but rarely turn out as expected.

Stars: Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Christopher Hewett
Short | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Hot young tech wizard Alan Resnick shares his secrets of immortality, along with his digital avatar Teddy.

Directors: Ben O'Brien, Alan Resnick
Stars: Alan Resnick, Dan Deacon, Meredith Moore
Comedy | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Multiple animals and insects experience the sleazier side of show business while working on a variety show.

Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Danny Mulheron, Donna Akersten, Stuart Devenie
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A caretaker devotes himself to three demented siblings after their father's death.

Director: Jack Hill
Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Carol Ohmart, Quinn K. Redeker
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hervé Villechaize ... King Fausto of the Sixth Dimension
Susan Tyrrell ... Queen Doris of the Sixth Dimension / Ruth Henderson
Gisele Lindley Gisele Lindley ... The Princess
Jan Stuart Schwartz ... Bust Rod, the Servant Frog
Marie-Pascale Elfman ... Susan B. 'Frenchy' Hercules
Virginia Rose Virginia Rose ... Ma Hercules
Gene Cunningham Gene Cunningham ... Huckleberry P. Jones / Pa Hercules (as Ugh-Fudge Bwana)
Phil Gordon Phil Gordon ... Flash Hercules
Hyman Diamond ... Grampa Hercules
Matthew Bright ... Squeezit & René Henderson (as Toshiro Boloney)
Danny Elfman ... Satan
Viva ... Ex-Queen
Joe Spinell ... Squeezit's Father
Brian Routh Brian Routh ... Harry Kipper (as The Kipper Kids)
Martin von Haselberg Martin von Haselberg ... Harry Kipper (as The Kipper Kids)
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A chaotic musical fantasy.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

21 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tiltott zóna See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hercules Films Ltd. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Several family members and business associates of director Richard Elfman's appear in the film in various roles: his then-wife Marie-Pascale Elfman and brother Danny Elfman (both of whom performed with him in the Mystic Knights Of The Oingo Boingo theater troupe); his grandfather Herman Bernstein plays The Old Yiddish Man; and the brothers' father Milton Elfman, appearing both as a factory worker and a background singer. Hyman Diamond (who plays Grampa Hercules), was Richard Elfman's real estate broker, appearing under a pseudoynm after the original actor fell through. Two of Richard Elfman's tenants from one of his real estate properties agreed to make cameos, as girls going into the classroom. Actor/writer Matthew Bright (a childhood friend of Danny Elfman's), and actor Gene Cunningham (credited as Ugh-Fudge Bwana) were themselves members of the brothers' Mystic Knights Of The Oingo Boingo as well. See more »

Quotes

Squeezit: Well, last night my mother was punishing me again, and I begged her to stop hurting me, but she wouldn't. And finally the pain got so intense and unbearable that I felt like I was dying and leaving my body.
See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Spoofs Wonder Bar (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Alphabet Song
(uncredited)
Music by Danny Elfman
Performed by Kedric Wolfe, Phil Gordon, Matthew Bright (as Toshiro Baloney) & Chorus
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A chaotic musical fetish!
27 May 2006 | by gothicgoblin1334See all my reviews

I very much enjoyed this movie and watch it again and again. What can I say? It's artistic and enjoyable, very much the kind of thing I like in movies. Also the fact of its' bizarre, dark and surreal mood and humour toward the film. It's like David Lynch's take on Betty Boop, that's how good it is! The characters are insane and possibly on drugs, the King is a sex-addicted monster, yet somehow a gentlemen to the woman he loves, one of the characters is well, uh, a transsexual, another character is a frog. I couldn't recommend it more for it is a musical fantasy giving to us by Richard Elfman. Seriously, leave it to the Elfmans' to give us one of the greatest musicals ever!


15 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 93 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed