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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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.


Certificate:

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Trivia

The alphabet song in the classroom scene is a mutated version of "Swinging the Alphabet," a classic number from The Three Stooges short Violent Is the Word for Curly (1938). See more »

Quotes

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

Premiere long version running time is: 76 mins., 38 secs. Theatrical Version is: 73 mins., 11 sec. The colorized version runs 74 mins., 14 secs., restoring René Henderson's verse in "Queen's Revenge," which previously only appeared as a "deleted scene" in the special features section of the Fantomas DVD edition. This is the version preferred by the director. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Night of the Comet (1984) See more »

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 weirdest most nonsensical musical you'll ever see!
19 July 2005 | by NateManDSee 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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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:

Black and White | Color (colorized version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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