ODDITIES THEATER: The Forbidden Zone (Director’s Cut) (1980)

Hi-de-hi-de-hi-de-hi! Ho-de-ho-de-ho-de-ho! It’s Saturday, folks! And here in Doom Fiction Land, we can’t wait for Saturday! Why? Surely you know by now! Say it with me: ‘Cause on Saturdays, WE GET WEIRD!

Back when I was writing The Doom Magnetic Trilogy and The Brothers Crunk, I was at the height of my Danny Elfman obsession. When I mention Danny Elfman, most people think I’m referring to his film scores or The Nightmare Before Christmas, which are great and all, but I’m more referring to his 80s band Oingo Boingo. I love that stuff so, so much. It was around that time that I first discovered the film The Forbidden Zone.

The Forbidden Zone was directed by Richard Elfman, Danny’s brother, and features a cast of misfit avant garde artists/actors/musicians who went by the name of The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. They created the sets, performed the music, the whole she-bang! It’s a true product of passion and creative freedom, and it’s so damn fun.

Danny Elfman has a small role in this, performing the incredible theme song (which was also the Dilbert theme song, for all you cartoon-heads out there) and playing The Devil onscreen, singing a foot-stomping rendition of Cab Calloway’s “Hi-De-Ho.” If you see ANY part of this film, make sure it’s this scene. You won’t be disappointed.

So, yeah… watch this movie, listen to the Oingo Boingo records, then check out his two solo records: So-Lo and Big Mess. After all that, come back to Doom Fiction for your next assignment.

Until then!

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