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[[caption-width-right:350:You have been warned.]]

''Forbidden Zone'' is a a [[MindScrew completely bonkers]] musical directed and written by Richard Elfman and Matthew Bright (who would later direct ''{{Freeway}}'') as a vehicle for the antics of their band, The Mystic Knights Of The OingoBoingo. At the time, the band was a stage art troupe that would later become a successful Music/NewWave and {{Ska}} band, with Richard's little brother DannyElfman as its frontman.

The movie's story focuses on a family that moves in a house that has in the basement a door to the sixth dimension that they pretty much try to ignore, but when the eldest daughter returns from her studies in France, curiosity attracts her to investigate. Heavily inspired by CabCalloway, ''BettyBoop'' cartoons and UndergroundComics.

This movie is groundbreaking for being the first film that DannyElfman ever composed a soundtrack for (no surprise considering his brother is the director and screenwriter, his brother's wife is the protagonist, and their father and grandfather both play characters in the film). Danny himself plays the devil while the rest of the original OingoBoingo band (when it was known as ''The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo'') are here as his minions. The film also includes a post-''FantasyIsland'' Hervé Villechaize and pre-''Film/CryBaby'' Susan Tyrell.

The film had a ''huge'' influence on both Creator/TimBurton and Creator/PaulReubens, who first met while working on ''PeeWeesBigAdventure''. The decision was quickly made to base much of their film's visuals on ''Forbidden Zone'', and to hire DannyElfman to write the score. The rest is history.

A sequel is on its way: "Forbidden Zone 2: Forbidden Galaxy." Here's a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi8lcJDlaVg trailer]]: the Princess (now Princess Polly) has apparently taken the helm and is taking the offensive to conquer Earth. Richard and Danny Elfman are both involved, as are Ego Plum and the crew from "Monster Man".

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!!''Film/ForbiddenZone'' includes examples of:
* AbusiveParents: Squeezit and Renee's parents.
** Considering Fausto and Doris are the parents of The Princess, they count.
* AdultsDressedAsChildren
* AllMenAreRapists / AllMenArePerverts / AllWomenAreLustful: ''So much''. The only truly chaste member of the cast is [[ButtMonkey Squeezit]], and even he's a little tempted by the Princess's come-ons.
* {{Atlantis}}: Ruins of Greek columns and a temple with the banner "Atlantis Dept. of Public Works" are seen underground in the initial animation.
* BadassGrandpa: More like "mentally disturbed, violent grandpa".
** HandicappedBadass: Screaming his head off at the opposition for so many years has made Gramps deaf and dumb (and, as a result, much harder to control when angry).
* BlackComedyRape
* {{Blackface}}: A character seen briefly at the start (and in a throwaway gag near the middle) is a slumlord and crack dealer played by a man in blackface; there are several others in bit parts throughout, done for [[RuleOfFunny comedic shock value]].
* BusbyBerkeleyNumber: Parodied.
* ChewToy: Squeezit to a ridiculous extent. Originally the scene when his father beats him while his mother laughs was going to be ten minutes long and the weird scene when he was going to say the Pledge of Allegiance actually was going to have him castrated.
* CloudCuckooLand: The sixth dimension. Reality isn't very normal in this film, though.
* CoverVersion: About a third of the songs are covers of 1930's songs, especially Cab Calloway ones.
** And later, Danny Elfman would create a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong somewhat re-arranged version]] of the movie's title song to use as the opening theme for the TV show ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}''.
*** According to an interview later on, he said he had nothing to do with that, and was surprised to hear that they had done so.
* CrowdSong: Pico & Sepulveda, Queen's Revenge, The Alphabet Song and Finale.
* CutSong: "Johnny" and "Giter Brider Itzik"
* TheDanza: Herman Bernstein[[note]]Richard and Danny's grandfather[[/note]] as "Mr. Bernstein, the Old Yiddish Man".
* DawsonCasting: Phil Gordon, clearly well past middle age, playing the 10-year-old Flash. All his classmates are also examples of this.
* DealWithTheDevil: Squeezit [[spoiler:has to do one in order to save his sister and Frenchy]]
* DeletedScene: A scene where Gramps sings about his days as a wrestler.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Well, maybe not deliberately. The director intended the black-and-white footage to be colorized by hand, but found it would be too costly to pull off; it's since been digitally colorized.
* DemBones: All over in the initial animation.
* DerangedAnimation: The intro and the sequences to the sixth dimension.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Queen Doris]]
* DistantDuet: Queen's Revenge.
* [[DownTheRabbitHole Down The Butt Hole]]: The only way to reach to the sixth dimension
* DysfunctionalFamily
* DysfunctionJunction: The most normal character of the film is the wife-beating Norwegian-accented tarpit-working father.
* EarAche: The singer's ear is cut and eaten by the frog.
* {{Earworm}}: The ThemeSong.
* EnforcedMethodActing: Susan Tyrell and the actress playing the Ex-Queen hated each other; according to Elfman, they actually started fighting during the CatFight scene.
* EroticEating: Lampshaded and averted with a polish sausage.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen
* GratuitousFrench: Susan B. 'Frenchy' Hercules.
* GroinAttack: The frog manservant gets this a ''lot''. [[MeaningfulName Naturally]], he's named "Bust Rod".
* ImprobableHairstyle: Queen Doris
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: While she's far from innocent, the Princess doesn't seem to be under any pressure to cover her breasts.
* InTheStyleOf: Fleischer Bros. and early WarnerBros. Cartoons.
** With a bit of Creator/MontyPython thrown in.
* JukeboxMusical
* LargeHam: Queen Doris of the sixth dimension.
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal
* MindScrew
* MsFanservice: The Princess. Oh, the Princess.
** MrFanservice: Satan, by default of being the only guy in the cast who is neither dressed ridiculously or made up to look extremely ugly.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: King Fausto and Susan B. Hercules.
* TheNapoleon: King Fausto.
* NoBudget
* NoOSHACompliance: La Brea Tar Pit Factory.
* RefugeInAudacity
* {{Retraux}}
* RomanceOntheSet: Herve Villechaize and Susan Tyrell. No, really.
* ShoutOut: The whole Satan sequence is one on BettyBoop's ''Minnie The Moocher'' cartoon, as well as "Bimbo's Initiation" (when Squeezit opens a door and gets punched in the face by a waiting boxer).
** The "Alphabet Song" is a reference to the classic Film/TheThreeStooges short "Violent is the Word for Curly" and its memorable song "Swingin' the Alphabet".
** Frenchy "sings" a Josephine Baker song, and Pa "sings" a Cab Calloway song.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Pa Hercules singing a joyful cover of ''Pico & Sepulveda'' with a chorus of men while going to their crappy job at La Brea Tar Pit Factory. With a little bit of LyricalDissonance thrown in: "Where nobody's dreams... come... true!"
* TheSpeechless: Gramps Hercules and Bust Rod.
* SpoiledBrat: The Princess, and to a lesser extent, Susan.
* StockUnderwear: Aside from the mooks mentioned below (who wear jockstraps), everyone whose underwear is part of their costume wears tighty whiteys.
* SynchroVox: Used briefly during the "Bim Bam Boom" musical number; the young boy who played the Princess's "pet" successfully lip-synched the vocals in rehearsal, but became nervous and froze when cameras were rolling. Richard Elfman's solution was to loop usable footage from his spoiled performance (most evident when paying close attention to the Kipper Kids in the background, who are clearly moving forward then in reverse), and superimpose the lips of Matthew Bright, who played Squeezit. The visual style of the film is so bizarre that this odd scene just... works.
* TableSpace: The king and the queen, and a human chandelier over them.
* TalkingToHimself: Several actors play two or more roles in the film; perhaps most memorable is Matthew Bright as the Henderson twins, Squeezit and Renee.
* ThoseTwoGuys: The Kipper Kids, semi-famous performance artists who appear both in and out of the Sixth Dimension as a pair of grunting boxers and pug-nosed twin sisters, respectively.
* TitleDrop
* TwinTelepathy: The Henderson twins.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Johnny shoots Billy to death in the classroom for cheating at cards, and gets into a protracted gunfight with the teacher, who presumably kills him with the machine gun she keeps under her desk. Both of them still somehow come to class the next day.
* VillainSong: "Witch's Egg" and "Queen's Revenge" by Queen Doris and "Squeezit The Moocher" by the devil
** Amplified by the fact that the late Susan Tyrrell (who played Queen Doris) actually co-wrote "Witch's Egg".
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Gramps Hercules, at the lunch at the beginning of the movie.
* WackyHomeroom
* WatchItStoned: For some, the only way to understand ANY of it is to partake in it with some kind of outside influence...
* WeirdnessCensor: Do you have a gate to other dimensions in your basement? Just ignore it, and tie up Grandpa to make sure he doesn't fall in.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Squeezit can talk with chickens, which gives him the confidence to become a hero... well, [[DealWithTheDevil not without its consequences]].
** The chickens also pledge to help him any way they can - but, as everyone knows, chickens can't really ''do'' anything.
* WholesomeCrossdresser / DepravedHomosexual: Squeezit's "sister".
--> "The ''queen'' said she was going to ''ream'' us with twelve-inch cattle prods... and ''I'm'' still ''waiting!''"
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