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11:35 pm - That's a lot of Elfmans. (Elfmen?)
Last night the_tick27, crabmoon and I forced several of our unsuspecting friends to watch Forbidden Zone, which, for those unfamiliar, is the Oingo Boingo movie. You remember Oingo Boingo, right? Yeah, me either. But at least you're familiar with Danny Elfman, who scores Tim Burton's movies. Before Mr. Elfman was a Famous, Well-Liked Film Soundtrack Guy, he was the lead singer for the rock band Oingo Boingo. And before Oingo Boingo was a rock band, they were a dadaist performance art troupe called The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. In the late '70s, Richard Elfman (co-founder of the Mystic Knights and brother to Danny) noticed that Oingo Boingo was changing gears and becoming a rock band, so he put together Forbidden Zone in order to document for posterity the artistic train wreck that was The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo.

Forbidden Zone tells the story of the Hercules family, who live in a house where the basement just happens to contain a portal to the Sixth Dimension, which reminds me of a Jewish Narnia designed by Salvador Dali. One day, teenage Frenchy Hercules stumbles through the portal and winds up falling in love with King Fausto (played by That Midget from Fantasy Island). Queen Doris isn't too pleased so she captures and tortures Frenchy, and the rescue is up to young Flash Hercules ("young" here meaning "played by a 65-year old man"), his grandfather, and his friend Squeezit. Hilarity, chaos, and 1930s-style musical numbers ensue. The princess of the Sixth Dimension is (apparently) unaware of shirts, the royal butler has the head of a frog. There's a gorilla and an electric pickle and everybody's horny and/or Jewish. It's black and white and was obviously made on the cheap, but it features Danny Elfman as the devil singing Minnie the Moocher. If that's not one of the coolest things ever, there's no point in being cool.

Anyway, Forbidden Zone is my kind of movie.

It was also deemed offensive and banned by UW Madison during its screening here in the early '80s.

I bring all of this up up because last night Tick pointed out to me that Richard Elfman is making a sequel called The Sixth Element. Or maybe it's called Brave New Rosenburg, or else maybe Attack on Chedrania, depending on which working title you like. Either way, the intense fervor which surrounded Forbidden Zone's DVD release must have inspired him to deliver the sequel he promised in the commentary track of that film.

Usually sequels like this are killed between the concept and production stages by lack of funding, but Elfman has been so vocal about wanting to reprise his favorite filmmaking experience that I think he's going to make it happen out of sheer force of will. It's hard to imagine a movie any cheaper than the original, and do-it-yourself filmmaking has advanced so much in the last two decades that he could remake that film for half the price. Besides, IMDB reports that Danny is reprising his role as the devil, which pretty much guarantees a devoted audience of Danny Elfman fans and disaffected amateur composers (same thing, really). We're not a huge audience, but we're the same sort of people who go to movie X to see the trailer for movie Y (picture of my friend Dustin goes here). We'll drive to Chicago to see it in some dingy arthouse theater if we have to. If it's not playing in Chicago, we'll shell out $25 for the DVD without having seen it first.

Anyway, in order to drum up some level of interest in Forbidden Zone and its sequel (which, presumably, will be out within the next decade), I present three of my favorite musical numbers from the film, courtesy of YouTube:They all contain a little nudity, so here's a chance to find out how cool your boss is.
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Oingo Boingo -- Little Girls

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From:the_tick27
Date:July 24th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
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now tel them what dada means.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 24th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)

your blog

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I love your blog, but WHY did you say those TERRIBLE things about Charles Douglas???????? Did you know he is GOD!!!!!!!!!!
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From:sacredspud
Date:July 24th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)

Re: your blog

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I'm just starting to figure that out.
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From:ribsinbacon
Date:July 24th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)

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...are you actually going to put up with that?
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From:sacredspud
Date:July 24th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)

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Yeah. It doesn't bug me.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 25th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)

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Thank you for understanding the mental craziness of Charles Douglas :)
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From:sacredspud
Date:July 25th, 2006 03:41 am (UTC)

Re: your blog

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Oh, by all means. People get their commenting rights revoked when they start serious harrassing my friends or making wild accusations about my personal life, but otherwise I don't mind. I DO think, though, that you should sign yourself up for a livejournal account. It's free and you won't have to comment anonymously anymore. We won't make you make blog posts if you don't wanna.

Or you don't have to. Whatever. Being anonymous and crazy is not without its appeal.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 25th, 2006 05:37 am (UTC)

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Charles is anonymous and crazy, and perhaps I am not even Charles. Many days I do not feel anything like him! then other days I realize I am him.
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From:evil_jim
Date:July 24th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
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I enjoyed the movie & the segment in hell was certainly the best part. I'll have to watch it again when I can hear the music better.

I was browsing a H*R community & found a familiar icon in the comments. It's here.
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From:the_tick27
Date:July 25th, 2006 01:13 am (UTC)

congradulatons boy , you realy deliverd

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not as good as this one
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From:sacredspud
Date:July 25th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)

That IS a pretty good icon...

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...but on a different note, do you have the DVD? Have you listened to the commentary? Matthew Bright, the guy who plays Squeezit and Rene talks a lot about how much sex he wanted to have (but didn't) with Giselle Lindley (The Princess). It's pretty funny.
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From:sacredspud
Date:July 25th, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)
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Hey, that's pretty cool, but I like my icon better.

Yeah. this is a movie with a very interesting musical score. Fun fact: I purchased the soundtrack before I'd seen the movie (which was only available as a bootleg at the time), and decided immediately that it was a good buy.
That's a lot of Elfmans. (Elfmen?) - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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