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80s at Midnight: New Wave Musicals

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A double bill of cult New Wave musicals from the 1980s!

Forbidden Zone

Richard Elfman United States, 1980


Brace your eyeballs, because our second “80s At Midnight” musical is one of the decade’s wildest cult films. A pastiche where anything can (and will) happen, Forbidden Zone presents American pop culture as the ultimate nightmare—and introduced the world to the music of Danny Elfman and Oingo Boingo.


Gillian Armstrong Australia, 1982


This week, we present an “80s at Midnight” double bill: cult New Wave musicals. Following her Oscar-nominated period piece My Brilliant Career, Aussie director Gillian Armstrong switched to something different with this candy-colored comedy for the era of Blondie and Cyndi Lauper. A sugar rush.

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