Oingo Boingo fans and midnight movie mavens will love this bizarre black-and-white feature. The story revolves around the Hercules family, who live in a house that just happens to hide a secret entrance to the Sixth Dimension in the basement.
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Kitsch and probably proud of it. An interesting music score that mixes the worse of 80's production with a cool 30's vibe is pretty much the best thing here. A desperate attempt at midnight movie status that comes off as near unwatchable though it does have its fans.
An cult classic on paper but the end result is just lame and excruciating, cool imagery ruined by painfully try-hard performances (with the exception of Susan Tyrell, baby I still love your crazy ass) all SHRIEKING at the camera for attention "I'M WEIRD! I'M WEIRD! LOVE ME! GIVE ME MIDNITE SCREENINGS!". Totally missing the unpretentious fun and bisexual subversity of Rocky Horror (which it so desperately tries to be)
In the bizarre ‘80’s flick Forbidden Zone, director Richard Elfman pushes the boundaries of 20th c. film. The musical adventure explores common tropes such as love, lust, infidelity, and the classic efforts of a group who will stop at nothing to save one of their own; but the sci-fi musical is far from typical. Sexual taboos, black-face, random sight gags, and oddities make the film unique and delightfully shocking.
I could care less about this crap. 1980's camp cinema and music was a defining moment when white art and culture had one big self-indulgent, narcissistic, irreverent and irrelevant masquerade party. This generation performed a burlesque they tried to pass off as some kind of neo-Brechtian modernism without taking any kind of radical stand on anything of substance whatsoever. Boring and offensive.
Total bizarreness in form of a movie, or a screwball comedy on acid. “Forbidden” does have a story (a girl getting lost in another dimension, the king falling in love with the girl etc.), but it’s just an excuse for doing whatever the hell the makers found funny at the moment. And it is fun! (Though it gets a bit boring in the middle, as some music pieces are too long.) Loved the school class scene, it's hilarious.
If you want to see films that make sense I recommend to stay away from this one; but if you are looking for some weird amusement you should take a closer look. I had a funny time in watching Richard Elfman's parodistic, musical-like and over the top exploration of the sixth dimension, brilliantly scored by his brother Danny Elfman.