Forbidden Zone might just be the weirdest movie ever
17th Jul 06
Have you ever heard of a very bizarre film called Forbidden Zone?
No, neither had I, but it's coming out on DVD in a few weeks time and as usual we're going to be there with a God's honest review as soon as we can. Here's a clip for you as Oscar nominated actress Susan Tyrell tells of her bizarre feelings for Fantasy Island midget, Herve Villechaize. Just wait till the last line, it's a doozy.
In the bowels of the Hercules Family's Venice Beach home lies a mysterious portal... a gateway to the Sixth Dimension...
Bored after another humdrum day at school, where her teacher maintains order with a machine gun and her closest friend is a half-boy-half-chicken named Squeezit (Toshiro Boloney, aka writer-director Matthew Bright), Susan B. "Frenchy" Hercules (Marie-Pascale Elfman) returns home intent on satisfying her curiosity concerning the strange door in the basement. On opening the door, Frenchy is sucked into an intestine-like passageway and flung headlong into the bizarre Forbidden Zone where she finds herself trapped and at the mercy of the vertically-challenged King Fausto (Herve Villechaize), his wife, Queen Doris (Susan Tyrrell), and their spoiled and permanently topless daughter, Princess (Giselle Lindley).
With only obese maidens in bikinis, a dancing frog, robot-like boxers (The Kipper Kids), Satan (Danny Elfman) and the Mystic Knights of Oingo-Boingo to entertain him, Fausto has decided he wants a new concubine... and Frenchy fits the bill!
Fortunately for Frenchy, her brother Flash (Phil Gordon), Grampa Hercules (Hyman Diamond) and Squeezit are in hot pursuit and determined to rescue her. But will they make it in time to save Frenchy before she suffers the fate of the other damsels who have tempted the king and infuriated the jealous queen? The answer lies in the Forbidden Zone and, once there, there's no turning back!
A feast of visual and aural delights, reaching new found heights of insanity, invention and questionable taste, the all-time cult classic Forbidden Zone now boasts an eye-popping high definition widescreen transfer and restored and remastered 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround soundtrack.
Propelled by the incredible songs of the one and only Danny Elfman and the Mystic Knights of Oingo Boingo it is without doubt a musical and cinematic experience like no other.
Forbidden Zone (cert. 15) will be released on DVD (£15.99) by Arrow Films on 14th August 2006.
- Audio commentary featuring director Richard Elfman and writer-actor Matthew Bright
- A Look Into The Forbidden Zone - extensive behind the scenes documentary featuring interviews and archive footage, including scenes from Elfman's lost film, The Hercules Family
- Outtakes and deleted scenes
- Two complete scenes from The Hercules Family
- Oingo Boingo music video for Private Life
- Theatrical trailer
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