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Forbidden Zone (1980)

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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.

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Richard Elfman

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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.


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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

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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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Susan B. 'Frenchy' Hercules: Hot damn! Zee Sixth Dimension!
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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 »

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Soundtracks

Yiddishe Charleston
Composed by Billy Rose (as Rose) and Fred Fisher (as Fischer)
Piano played by Brad Kay (uncredited)
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If David Lynch Had Directed Betty Boop . . .
22 August 2005 | by chuckcSee all my reviews

No live-action movie has ever captured the anarchic feel of the rubbery Max Fleischer cartoons of the 1930s better than "Forbidden Zone." It's an LSD-fueled Betty Boop picture mixed with "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Inferno," all filtered through David Lynch's kaleidoscope (or run through R. Crumb's Cuisinart).

The story, such as it is, deals with the adventures of Frenchy Hercules, who lives over a doorway to the "Sixth Dimension," which is ruled by King Fausto (Herve Villechaize) and Queen Doris (Susan Tyrrell) with sadomasochistic glee. The whole flick really fits the Betty Boop formula perfectly--a shapely heroine (who loves to rumba) falls from her own bizarre "reality" into an even stranger one. Much mayhem and cool swing music ensue, as Frenchy's brother and grandfather (playing the roles of Bimbo and Koko the Clown from the old Fleischer cartoons) try to rescue the unfortunate girl.

This strange mix of animation and live action really has to be seen to be believed--all very low budget and very imaginative (a quality sorely lacking in movies lately). Fans of Oingo Boingo won't want to miss this one (especially group leader Danny Elfman's Cab Calloway-like turn as Satan in the flick's best scene). There are racial and ethnic stereotypes galore, but since this movie seems to exist in an entirely different universe, it doesn't come across as offensive.

Not for everyone--but a "can't miss" for some. Worth seeing just for the musical numbers alone.


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