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Bigger. Badder. Bolder. Get ready to laugh, to cry, to wet your pants!
Richard Elfman
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Hollywood, California
United States
5 Team Members

  “The Forbidden Zone Phenomena”

Hi! Richard Elfman here—and that devil in the picture is my younger brother Danny.
And to put it simply, I need your help to make an (even more) insane sequel to our insane film 
Forbidden Zone. We ultimately need to raise over a million­, but anything over $100,000 will get the ball rolling and cover pre-production. The more we raise, the more creative freedom we have--and that is what this is all about.

How the madness all got started:

My background is both musical, as a professional Afro-Latin percussionist, and theatrical—I spent my formative years in a Paris-based theatre company, Le Grand Magic Circus. My mentors were Jerome Savary, later to become director of the French National Theatre, and his mentor, the troupe’s executive producer, Peter Brook, renowned director at that time of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Eventually I came back to the states and together with Danny, Frenchy Elfman, Matthew Bright (Squeezit),  and a few friends, we formed an “arty” but wildly entertaining musical-theatrical troupe, the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. We performed older musical gems, both known and forgotten, as well as original creations by my musically gifted brother. The shows, laced with comedy and dance, were fun, fast-paced and outrageous.

(Original Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. Danny left, me right.)

As time went on, the quirky thirteen-member troupe evolved under my brother’s direction into
an eight-piece rock band, simply called Oingo Boingo.

I wished to preserve on screen what we had been doing on stage, so I embarked on my first film, Forbidden Zone—a low-budget labor of love that encapsulated the spirit of the Mystic Knights. As my background was stage and music, you might say that Forbidden Zone was my “film school.” I did many things backwards—started shooting 16mm then changed to 35mm, didn’t get proper musical clearances and had no idea the ultimate time and expense of traditional animation.

Five minutes of animation ended up costing more than seventy minutes of live-action footage.  Clearing music rights after-the-fact cost more that shooting the film.

The journey making Forbidden Zone cost me my house and bankrupted me. I even lost my rights
to the film along the way (only gotten back recently).  But giving Captain Ahab and Atlas run for their money, I persevered and somehow completed the movie.

(Herve Villechaize and Susan Tyrrell in Forbidden Zone.)

Forbidden Zone did a summer of midnight shows in 1982, caused a minor stir and poof
it was gone. Or so I thought…

About ten years ago after putting up my first website I got thousands of hits from Forbidden Zone fans around the world. The film has subsequently been re-released on DVD, BluRay and cosltly colorized (with my blessing). I now attend screenings around the country filled with younger fans who seem to know every word. But why the popularity and longevity of this absurdist little musical-fantasy?

The film does have its share of fun and laughs. But ultimately, it’s that Forbidden Zone, like the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, has timeless “memorable” music—as opposed to simply “serviceable” music.

What I’m about to say may piss some people off, but Chicago is a good example of serviceable music. I personally enjoyed the film, especially the way the musical numbers were staged and shot. Later however, many of the melodies seemed to mush together in my head. Other than a few catchy lyrics (all that jazz), the songs just weren’t that “take for life” memorable. But they worked fine along with everything else—to service the vehicle.

Memorable music stands on it’s own, without the visuals. Time only burnishes it. I’m talking; 
Wizard of OzWest Side StoryFiddler on the Roof, Nightmare Before Christmas, even O’ Brother Where Art Thou, which deftly mined forgotten folk music, buried in plain sight.

Forbidden Zone has memorable music—both forgotten classics as well as great original material by my brother Danny. The audience takes it home in their heads, they enjoy hearing it again. Or more fun, enjoy seeing the film again. And again.

Well, now it's time for Forbidden Zone 2. Between my library and my legacy, we definitely have
the music. We also have the right team in place to deliver everything else the Sixth Dimension might require. And I guarantee you something bigger, badder, bolder—and even more damned FUN than the original.

So please dig deep, give big, and come help me make Forbidden Zone 2!


Feel free to Email Me (email easier to answer than FB message).


In a timeless fantasy world, PAPA JUPE, a tough crusty carnie geek, staggers drunk from his circus tent, just as it blows over in a Dust Bowl-era sand storm. He gathers his family and goes to seek a better life out west.

His wife, MA, is a corn-cob smoking inbred.  Son STINKY is a short hyperactive thirteen year-old (to be played by a short, hyper-active forty-year old). White trash daughter PETUNIA is a huge lumbering teenage slut. Together they drive across country in their ancient vehicle, where Pa finds some cheap ghetto shack to rent. Unfortunately the basement is connected to the Sixth Dimension!

A tale of poignant and forbidden love unfolds as Petunia is smitten by poor black little PYTHAGORUS JONES, the misbegotten son of a notorious local “crack ho.” Even though the bespectacled young teen is working on miraculous science projects for school—anti-gravity devices, water from air, etc.—no one gives him any respect. Especially not Petunia’s violent, drunken and, yes, virulently racist father.

To complicate matters, little brother Stinky is busted for masturbating in class and sent to
Dr. Yodlebien's office—where he inadvertently kills the esteemed therapist after receiving some testicular-shock sex aversion treatment. (Please note that DR. YODLEBEIN will be played by the esteemed actor, my son Bodhi Elfman.)

Stinky escapes into the “Forbidden Zone,” only to be captured as a love slave by the horny petulant, PRINCESS POLLY—she of desirable shape and monstrous face. Her parents, the sexy QUEEN FLORA and randy Germanic dwarf KING FRITZ wouldn’t mind a piece of Stinky as well, which leads to much heart-rending family drama.

...although King Fritz has more important matters to attend to. He is cloning an army of giant pinheads for his upcoming invasion of Earth. If only they didn’t have the brains of chickens and he had an anti-gravity device to raise them to the upper world!
 And so the plot thickens—with outrageous laughter, music and dance!


MUSIC is a key element to FZ2.  The standard will be simple… 
Exhilarating. Unforgettable. Timeless. Along with reprising great older gems, FZ2 will, of course, feature some hot new fabulous Danny Elfman originals.

DANCE is another key element. My lovely daughter-in-law Jenna Elfman will descend from the sky in an aerial “ballet of the chicken,” so mind boggling as to put Swan Lake to shame! Jenna was trained in classical ballet, has danced professionally—and her choreographer will be none other than Shana Carroll, who recently designed aerial/acrobatics for Cirque du Soleil’s Iris.

Also, the National Dance Company of Ghana will fill FZ2’s Harlem saloon and old-time gospel church scenes, where hot American 20’s and 30’s dance moves will turn on a dime into precision acrobatic African tribal ensemble—and then back. As a professional Afro-Latin percussionist, I’m familiar with West African music and dance and look forward to taking a few key actors to Accra, Ghana for several days filming.

PRODUCTION DESIGN will create a total fantasy world that incorporates animation and wacky cartoon-like effects. FZ2 intends to engage the work of artists such as Robert Crumb and others to give you the most incredible settings and backgrounds!

CHARACTERS will be so outrageous that you will never forget them—Richard Elfman’s guarantee on that!  Our key roles will be performed by seasoned stage actors.  Cameos will surprise you with exciting famous faces.

TONE can be summed up in three words: Funny. Aesthetic. Absurd. The humor
can be described as totally outrageous. Expect to laugh, to cry and wet your pants!

Forbidden Zone 2!!


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  • $5USD
    Shipping Cost Credit

    Some of the perks require a $5 shipping and handling fee. In most cases our cost to package and ship is actually a bit higher--but $5 is a nice round number. So if you haven't included this fee in your perk donation(s), please do it here. Outside U.S. requires a $10 or $12 fee. Purchase two of these $5 credits and you will be covered regardless. If anyone is totally confused, just email us after this is all over and we'll figure things out to get you your perk!

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  • $10USD
    I'LL HELP!!

    Access and updates from PRIVATE WEB PAGE with actor exclusives, behind-the-scenes and more. And the satisfaction that you helped! Pleases note: ALL FUNDERS at every level will get their name and a THANK YOU on the Forbidden Zone 2 main (public) web page.

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    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $20USD

    Special Limited Edition for funders only, autographed to YOU personally by Richard. Add shipping $5 US. $12 Outside U.S.

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    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $25USD

    Richard will record a personalized bongo-beating video thanking you. In clown makeup!

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  • $25USD

    Exclusively created, custom designed "Forbidden Zone" t-shirts. Black with silver and white letters, personally signed in permanent ink by Richard Elfman. Sizes small through XX large. Add $5 shipping US, $10 outside US. We forgot to add shipping previously, those purchased earlier free shipping. Please email us after campaign ends with sizes! (Not to be confused by "Mystic Knight of the Forbidden Zone" t-shirts.)

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    Estimated delivery: July 2014


    27X40. Just found in storage--collector's item--last ones! Richard will personally autograph. Add $5 shipping US, $10 non-US. HEY LA & OC!!! Come see me at live FZ shadowcast, DMP show 4/18, save shipping cost! Bring payment copy, Richard will personally autograph one for you after show! (Not on sale at show otherwise.) http://thefridacinema.org/event/forbidden-zone-shadowcast-screening-performance-by-dead-mans-party/

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    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $35USD

    Signed to YOU by Richard. Add shipping/handling: $5 U.S. $10 Outside U.S. (To be delivered when DVD released.)

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  • $35USD

    27X40. Dug up another box out of deep storage under the ancient tomb of Elfman ancestors. Richard will personally autograph (make it to your name if you wish). Add $5 shipping US, $10 non-US.

    28 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $40USD

    Full size movie poster signed to YOU by Richard. Add shipping $5 U.S. $12 Outside U.S. (To be delivered when film released.)

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  • $40USD

    Download of FILM, download of SCRIPT, download of POSTER (hi-res, exclusive "funders-only" edition). Added bonus--access to our private updates and behind-the-scenes website. Save a little piece of the rainforest with this one! (To be delivered as released.)

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  • $50USD

    Signed to YOU by Richard. Add shipping $5 U.S. $12 Outside U.S. (To be delivered when BluRay released.)

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  • $100USD

    Become official MYSTIC KNIGHT OF THE FORBIDDEN ZONE and be an EXTRA IN FILM. Face on screen, name in credits. Richard will personally shake your hand, hug you, kiss your cheek, knight you and present MKFZ certificate in your name. Also exclusive behind-the-scenes download of footage you're in, including knighting by Richard. Exclusive MKFZ T-shirt (for Knights only) $20 extra. LIMIT TO NUMBER OF EXTRAS, TBA To be shot in Hollywood, dates TBA (travel, liquor and accomodations not included.)

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  • $101USD

    This is actually just an announcement to those who have donated $100 for the "BE EXTRA--GET MYSTIC KNIGHTED" perk. Hollywood shooting dates will be announced at least 60 days in advance. If you think you cannot make it, ok to swap the perk with a friend or swap for $100 worth of other perk items listed above (posters, DVDs, etc.). Just let us know 2 weeks in advance of filming.

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  • $250USD

    Richard personally grills for his cast and crew—on the set--at the end of most weeks. We sit down with beer, wine and cigars to relax and enjoy ourselves. Please come join us with a guest—and the two of you become an official, MYSTIC KNIGHT OF THE FORBIDDEN ZONE, with video of Richard knighting you, official t-shirt. (AND the satisfaction, even if drunk---that YOU HELPED!) Shooting dates to be announced.

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  • $400USD

    Richard Elfman here—I just put up video of my last dinner party at Casa Elfo—TOO MUCH FUN! So we’re offering an upgrade to ALL MYSTIC KNIGHTS OF THE FORBIDDEN ZONE (those who chose “Extra Perk”) to also attend a costume dinner party at Casa Elfo. Conversely, all those who chose “Dinner Party Perk” will also receive a free “Extra Perk” upgrade along with its full trade-in/exchange options. Email me if any questions... or menu suggestions! Dates TBA

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  • $500USD

    Richard will personally cook for you at wild costume dinner party on his famous Hollywood Hills rooftop deck (former residence of Robert Downey Jr, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Lennon). Richard will perform wild ribald poetry as his alter-ego Sugar Ray Rosenbloom accompanying himself on bongos. Become Mystic Knighed with t-shirt, get video of event. Additional guest $100 (1 per person). Dates to be announced. And please arrange a safe ride home!

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    Unique, numbered, TEN ONLY special exclusive unique ELFMAN EDITION DVDs with special Richard intro and unique out-takes, signed by: Richard, Danny, Jenna, Bodhi and Mama Clare Elfman. Also, you (PLUS ONE) become a MYSTIC KNIGHT, which includes you and guest to be an EXTRA in film and stay for dinner with cast and crew! Also, Richard Elfman signed; 2 BluRays, 2 T-Shirts, 2 original FZ1 posters. (Delivery concurrent with shooting and release dates.).

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  • $2,500USD

    Richard will grill a sumptuous private feast and perform for up to 12 guests at your home. You provide ingredients, supplies and one helper. If too far to drive (drunk) from Hollywood add transportation and lodging for two. All guests will be “Mystic Knighted” and received autographed tee-shirts. Add $1000 plus second service helper for up to 24 guests—which makes a really FUN dinner party. (Date and menu mutually arranged.)

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  • $5,000USD

    You become an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, have your name in the screen credits and visit the set on selective days. Your personal producer’s chair with your name on it will be waiting! Plus fun dinner party at Richard's place or yours (if your place please see conditions above).

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