Bizarro Central is brought to you by the letter F
by S.T. Cartledge
I haven’t seen too many cult films, but definitely one of the strangest ones I have seen was “The Forbidden Zone,” by Richard Elfman, with music by his brother Danny (who is known for doing the music for The Simpsons, amongst other things) and his band, Oingo Boingo.
From IMDB – “A mysterious door in the basement of the Hercules house leads to the Sixth Dimension by way of a gigantic set of intestine. When Frenchy slips through the door, King Fausto falls in love with her. The jealous Queen Doris takes Frenchy prisoner, and it is up to the Hercules family and friend Squeezit Henderson to rescue her. “
It’s a black and white musical comedy with midgets and concubines, men playing the roles of children, people with animal heads, and a wide variety of other strange, surreal things going on.
Here is one of the musical numbers from the film:
Needless to say, Mr. Danny Elfman has changed considerably between this and the film scores he does now…
What I want to know is what happened to THIS Danny Elfman? What happened to the Danny Elfman of the sixth dimension?
In this scene here, these two characters engage in an uncomfortable, yet passionate display of inter-species fornication which ultimately results in the mutant offspring we have come to know as “Old Gregg.”
And this? Well, this pretty much sums up the entire movie. Obviously the film is about a bunch of guys who wanted to string together a whole bunch of things that made no sense whatsoever, give it a bit of narrative, add a few catchy tunes, and call it a movie. Well, the story’s actually pretty solid for how weird the film is. It’s way surreal and wicked entertaining, and it’s something you’ve got to watch for yourself to see just how weird it gets. It’s pretty much as close as you can get to Bizarro without your eyes getting wet.