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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

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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 »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (colorized version)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Susan Tyrell was convinced by Richard Elfman to appear in the film, and in turn brought in Herve Villechaize. Villechaize and Tyrell had been a real-life couple as well. See more »

Quotes

Satan: Now, off with his head!
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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

References Bimbo's Initiation (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Queen's Revenge
(uncredited)
Performed by Danny Elfman, Susan Tyrrell and Marie-Pascale Elfman
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A LYSERGIC LIVE-ACTION MAX FLEISCHER CARTOON...WITH OINGO BOINGO!!!
3 January 2002 | by EL BUNCHOSee all my reviews

I first discovered this one during my early mania for the band Oingo Boingo back in the early 1980's. I was expecting anything other than what I got: a live-action Max Fleischer cartoon brimming with low-budget insanity! FORBIDDEN ZONE is balls-out strange, and a hell of a lot of fun for those with a taste for the odd. Truly unique in every way, it is sad to see that more films like this will probably never be made again in this era of big-budget drivel and rampaging political correctness.

FORBIDDEN ZONE follows the adventures of the almost indescribably weird Hercules family who have recently moved into a house whose basement contains the doorway to the 6th dimension. When their bathrobe-clad daughter Susan (who has been studying abroad in France, returning home with an outrageous French accent and now goes by the totally original nickname of "Frenchy") falls into the 6th dimension, all manner of looniness ensues. A tuxedoed frog-man, jockstrap wearing goons, animation that looks like it was done by an acidhead, a wonderful soundtrack that blends oddball rock and big band classics, the worst blackface makeup in film history, Squeezit "Chicken-boy" Henderson and his "sister" Renee, the funniest elementary school sequence in memory, Herve Villechaize as King Fausto, the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo and Danny Elfman as the devil himself...All this and more (!!!) in a ninety minute tour de force of unbridled imagination. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!


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