Countdown to 5K! – #6 – Forbidden Zone (1980)

This is my 4931st Review

Original Rating prediction – 5/10


“[singing to princess] Be nice to me, babe or you’ll regret it. You are my hostage and don’t you forget it. The night is early and there’s lots to be done. Lets boogy now, come on, we’re gonna have some fun.” – Satan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Feb 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A family enters a door to a new dimension in their basement and must try and save a princess.

My Take on it – This is a film that I chose to watch since it was nominated by Troy Anderson of Anderson Vision as his pick for the March Movie of the Month on The LAMB.

I had no idea what to expect with this and based on the premise I didn’t have high expectations at all.

This is a completely bizarre film and makes no sense whatsoever.

It rambles along for 75 minutes and I must admit that it’s so difficult to actually try and describe what the film is truly about because it constantly evolves throughout into even crazier and crazier situations.

The story is pretty much non-existent and it feels as if they just tried to cobble together so many crazy ideas that somehow they forgot along the way that they need to keep the story focused in some way.

I was somewhat surprised that Herve Villechaize of Fantasy Island fame took part in this film and that says a lot about the films potential yet also shows how hard up he must have been for roles.

Even the presence of Tattoo couldn’t help make this more enjoyable because it really is agonizing to get through due to the in-coherency of it all.

I can completely can understand how this film can get a cult following, yet that in no way means that this film is even close to being good because it’s much too weird for its own good.

Bottom Line – Completely bizarre film that makes no sense what so ever. The story rambles along for over an hour and it’s quite difficult to express what it’s all about because it constantly evolves throughout. The story here is pretty non-existent and it feels like they cobbled together so many idea that they forgot to find a way to keep things focused in any way, shape or form. The fact that Villechaize took part in this film says a lot both good and bad but even his presence here can’t make this film any more coherent. I can completely understand how a film like this can gain cult status yet that by no way means that this is even close to being any good.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the film’s commentary, Richard Elfman reveals that the dysfunctional Hercules family was said to be inspired by some “trailer park types” he had lived next door to in Venice: “the father would yell at the mother, the mother would yell at the son, the son would yell at the daughter, the daughter would kick the dog.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy  (1/10)


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