Forbidden Zone

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Forbidden Zone (1980, USA) is a Musical-Comedy film directed by Richard Elfman.


Main Details

  • Released in 1980
  • B & W
  • Running Time: 73 min | USA: 74 min
  • Production Co: Hercules Films Ltd.
  • Distribution Co: The Samuel Goldwyn Company (1982) (USA)
  • Directed by Richard Elfman
  • Written by Matthew Bright, Richard Elfman, Nicholas James, Nick L. Martinson
  • Starring Hervé Villechaize, Susan Tyrrell, Gisele Lindley, Jan Stuart Schwartz, Marie-Pascale Elfman, Virginia Rose
  • Produced by Gene Cunningham, Judith Faye Elfman, Marie-Pascale Elfman, Richard Elfman, Nicholas James, Martin Nicholson
  • Original Music by Danny Elfman
  • Cinematography by Gregory Sandor
  • Film Editing by Nicholas James


  • A chaotic musical fantasy.


Forbidden Zone is a 1980 musical comedy film based upon the stage performances of the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. Originally shot on black-and-white film, the story of Forbidden Zone involves an alternate universe accessed through a door in the house of the Hercules family. Directed and produced by Richard Elfman, who co-wrote the film with fellow Mystic Knights member Matthew Bright, it was the first film scored by his brother Danny Elfman (Wikipedia)

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