With all the fanfare being given to the thirtieth anniversaries of films like E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Poltergeist (and really, has there been a greater summer for movies than 1982?), Mondo Celluloid is choosing to honor one of our favorite films, and easily one of the greatest cult classics ever – 1982′s insane, unique, hilarious, and utterly brilliant Forbidden Zone!
Notable as being our very first Mondo Midnight selection at The Art Theatre of Long Beach (in December of 2008!), Forbidden Zone is the inspired brainchild of Richard Elfman, founding member of the legendary Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, who along with writer Matthew Bright (who would later helm the 1996 cult classic Freeway) mixed in everything from Max Fleisher to Cab Calloway to Josephine Baker to unleash a musical unlike any the world had ever seen. Mix in a typically masterful score by Elfman brother Danny (who makes a fan-favorite appearance!), a dancing frog in a tuxedo, a gorilla, an ex-queen (EX-QUEEN!?!!), and a sex-crazed kingdom ruled by the weirdest royal family in celluloid history, and you have the movie that Film Threat called The Citizen Kane of Underground Movies.
We’re throwing out all the stops to celebrate thirty years of Forbidden Zone. Richard Elfman will once again be in attendance (his third time at The Art! – thanks Richard!!), but we’re not stopping there – for the first time ever, we are proud to present Forbidden Zone with a LIVE SHADOWCAST!! We’re giving this midnight gem the Rocky Horror treatment it has long deserved by welcoming a live cast that has christened themselves Cell 63, and that is composed of Rocky Horror casts from both Long Beach and Los Angeles!
PLUS – Just announced, Erin Holt will be performing as the naughty Princess Polly, from the film’s upcoming sequel Forbidden Zone 2: Forbidden Galaxy!
Fans, you have NEVER seen Forbidden Zone like this!
Tickets are now on sale at the Art Theatre box office, or online by clicking here.
Long Beach Cinematheque Members – show you card at the Art Theatre box office and save $2 per ticket!
A MondoCelluloid.com presentation.