- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 14 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: July 29, 2008
- Originally Released: 1980
- Label: Legend Films
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1
- DTS 5.1 Soundtrack
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Variety - 03/26/1980
"...Musically lively and imaginative, this self-styled cult [picture] aims for far-out humor..."
Uncut - 10/01/2006
3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]his self-consciously cult black-and-white freak-out musical looks like THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI remade as a Betty Boop cartoon..."
Total Film - 10/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]rithing with smacked-out burlesque camp, it's an extended non-sequitur that flits feverishly between '30s music-hall farce and Gilliam-inspired, roughly-animated acid frenzy."
Description by OLDIES.com:
A mysterious door leads to the Sixth Dimension--get ready for a wild ride--in the greatest cult classic of all time. Beautiful young "Frenchy" slides through cosmic intestines into a subterranean world ruled by horny midget King Fausto and his jealous Queen Doris. "Chicken-boy" comes to the rescue, only to have his head cut off by the soul-singing Devil himself--played by Danny Elfman and the original Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. Frog butlers, topless princesses, and rioting school kids sing and dance in unforgettable musical numbers by Danny Elfman, Cab Calloway, Josephine Baker and others. An experience guaranteed you will never forget!
An all-time classic of the underground cinema, featuring original music by Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman (PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE, BATMAN), FORBIDDEN ZONE must be seen to be believed. There is a mysterious but forbidden door in the basement of the Hercules family's new house in Venice, California; it doesn't take long for daughter Frenchy, returning home from her bizarro school that features a machine gun-toting teacher and a chicken boy, to succumb to temptation and open it. Becoming trapped in the Sixth Dimension, which is ruled by randy midget King Fausto who, as luck would have it, is looking for a new concubine, Frenchy catches the king's eye. Unfortunately she also incurs the jealous Queen Doris's wrath, and is imprisoned along with the ex-queen, who plots Doris's demise. While Frenchy's brother Flash and her Gramps endeavor to save her, a dancing frog, robot boxers, Oingo-Boingo, and Danny Elfman as Satan, all make their appearances in the Forbidden Zone.