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Step into The Forbidden Zone, a bizarro world of frog butlers, topless princesses, machine-gun toting teachers, eccentric dwarves, their demonic wives, and the Devil himself (Danny Elfman). You ve never seen anything like it...! Check your basement. Is there door to the 6th Dimension there? If so, you re going on a wild ride into excess as you join Frenchy and Rene in a land of musical madness, despotic queens and strange frog man-servants. If you ve tired of Rocky Horror and had enough of Hedwig, it s time discover The Forbidden Zone, a demented tribute to the hot jazz and dark glamour of a lost age, featuring new wave pop music and Cab Calloway-style insanity, filtered through the mind of a maniac!
During the late 70 s Richard Elfman and his younger brother Danny got together with fellow musician friends and formed a theater group known as The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo . They performed in very inventive and bizarre avant-guarde stage shows, written by Danny and featuring twisted versions of Cab Callaway music and original compositions (also written by Danny). Richard wanted to capture the energy of the stage shows on film, and the end result is Forbidden Zone, released in 1980 and featuring Danny s music with the Mystic Knights, and one of the most twisted stories you ll ever see in a motion picture. The theater troup eventually broke up, and the rock group Oingo Boingo was formed by members of the show (remember the Weird Science theme?). Danny Elfman would go on to become one of Hollywood s most sought-after composers (Tim Burton s Batman). Forbidden Zone was originally shot in black and white, and was supposed to be colorized afterwards, but funding fell through. Now the film is presented on DVD in color for the first time, as Richard Elfman intended.
As for the plot of Forbidden Zone, it involves the kooky Hercules family, who live in a house that has a basement, which leads into the mysterious Sixth Dimension. What follows features nearly constant musical numbers, a dwarf king (Herve DA PLANE! Villechaize), a giant frog butler, the freaky introvert Chicken Boy , and a crooning Danny Elfman as the devil himself. Take The Rocky Horror Picture Show as imagined by David Lynch and John Waters, while smoking LSD and listening to an Oingo Boingo record. Shake well. Forbidden Zone is the flashy trashy freaky result.
Having learned that Forbidden Zone was originally shown in black and white, I can almost see how it would be an even better movie devoid of color. It has the feel of a fever dream, and I think B&W would have captured that feeling even better. I don t know what these boys were smokin but DAMN this is one wild ride! Still, I had a ball with Forbidden Zone. The musical numbers are catchy, and the film has such a manic energy, it s hard not to get caught up in the madness. The whole thing doesn t make one lick of sense, but I can see why the film is highly regarded among cult and Midnight Movie fans. It s a constant barrage of music, Terry Gillian style animation, cardboard sets and a flamboyantly-dressed cast that look like they re having the time of their lives. And you get naked t***ies to boot! If you enjoy Cult Cinema and the Midnight Movie scene, Forbidden Zone comes highly recommended. Others stay FAR AWAY! --Jay Reel of DeadPit.com
This is a review of the Fantoma B&W 1 Disc edition
This is one odd film!
My take away is that it was STRONGLY influenced by & a tribute to Rocky Horror (with... Read more
One of the best films ever Richard Elfman & his brother Danny Elfman brought it with this film and I really love the set designsPublished 5 months ago by Emantha Cardiel
No . Said it was the kind to play on American DVD players and it wasn't . European format so cant watch itPublished 6 months ago by Jim Alan Cook
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What did I just watch?! Sos these buncha guys are like a bunch a Indianapolis Joneses or something and they go down a hole. And anyway, LOOK. I done drugs. I'll admit it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ricky Grade Ten
there was nothing in the description saying this is a zone zero movie. i cant even watch it. it sucks.Published 6 months ago by Captain Iggy
I am truly shocked I had never heard of this movie before, it is absolutely brilliant and hilarious at the same time. A MUST see for anyone that even remotely loves movies.Published 7 months ago by P. Jarvi