6.7/10
4,271
94 user 58 critic

Forbidden Zone (1980)

Trailer
0:48 | Trailer
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 »
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Animation | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A boy born the size of a small doll is kidnapped by a genetic lab and must find a way back to his father in this inventive adventure filmed using stop motion animation techniques. Tom meets... See full summary »

Director: Dave Borthwick
Stars: Nick Upton, Deborah Collard, Frank Passingham
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
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Documentary follows music mogul trying to take belly dance mainstream, a la 'Riverdance.'' Classic Art vs. Commerce conflicts leading up to group's Las Vegas debut.

Director: Richard Elfman
Stars: Rachel Brice, Issam Houshan, Jillina
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
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

A Los Angeles reporter, who is a former Special Forces commando, investigates a child prostitution ring.

Director: Richard Elfman
Stars: Mimi Lesseos, Oliver Page, Christopher Cass
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Directors: Richard Elfman, David Hogan, and 2 more credits »
Stars: John Avila, Mike Bacich, Steve Bartek
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A human body gradually reconstructs itself as its various component parts crowd themselves into a small room and eventually, after much experimentation, sort out which part goes where.

Director: Jan Svankmajer
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Janet and Brad become contestants on a game show... but wind up as captives instead.

Director: Jim Sharman
Stars: Jessica Harper, Cliff De Young, Richard O'Brien
Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to."

Director: Larry Cohen
Stars: Tony Lo Bianco, Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal.

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Tomorô Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka
Dr. Caligari (1989)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mrs. Van Houten has shown signs of losing touch with reality, and her husband discusses possible treatment with Dr. Caligari, who says Mrs. Van Houten has a disease of the libido. The staff... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Sayadian
Stars: Madeleine Reynal, Fox Harris, Laura Albert
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

When the Bellydance Superstars were invited to Las Vegas, it was 'judgement time' for this groundbreaking troupe, as well as the art of bellydance itself.

Directors: Richard Elfman, Mahatma Kane Sumatra
Stars: Adoré, Colleen Anderson, Bozenka
Edit

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
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:

Forbidden Zone See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

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

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (colorized version)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Matthew Bright in the film's commentary, in the original conception of his classroom humiliation scene, Squeezit was supposed to be castrated in front of the other students. See more »

Quotes

Ma: Flash, be sure and tie your grandfather up and check the knots real good. While he was sniffing around for food yesterday, he nearly wandered into the Forbidden Zone.
See more »

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 The Skeleton Dance (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

Minnie the Moocher
Composed by Cab Calloway (as Calloway) and Irving Mills (as Mills)
Lyrics by Danny Elfman
Performed Oingo Boingo (as The Oingo-Boingo)
Produced by Loren-Paul Caplin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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!


26 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 94 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed