Director: Richard Elfman Run Time: 74 min. Release Year: 1980
Starring: Gene Cunningham, Hervé Villechaize, Marie-Pascale Elfman, Matthew Bright, Susan Tyrrell
Sexy Frenchy (Marie-Pascale Elfman) falls into an insane underworld ruled by a horny little king (HervÃ© Villechaize, ‘Fantasy Island’) and his jealous queen (Susan Tyrell, Angel). Chicken-boy comes to the rescue, only to have his head cut off by a soul-singing Satan himself (played by Danny Elfman), along with The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. Frog butlers, topless princesses and rioting school kids all sing and dance in unforgettable musical numbers performed by Danny Elfman, Cab Calloway, Josephine Baker and more in this timeless cult classic comedy-musical-fantasy of epic proportions!
FROM WRITER / DIRECTOR RICHARD ELFMAN: ‘Forbidden Zone is an absurdist fever-dream with hundreds of crazy, cartoonish images that spewed volcano-like from my crazy clown-brain. Going back to the first test screening in 1980, there a few images I wished to change but had lost control of the film by then. Well, with technology and some cool special FX friends, I’m finally able to fix things the way I wanted… forty years later. Yes, life is strange! I hope you enjoy the director’s cut of FORBIDDEN ZONE.’