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Forbidden Zone 2: The cost of 6 dimensions

If ever there was a crowd-funding campaign that needed support, this is the one, the real magilla. If being an integral part of a pop culture phenomenon intrigues you, then this is your lucky dice day. 'Forbidden Zone,' that freakish, zany real-life cartoonish cult film, has been further developed into a sequel, imaginatively titled, 'Forbidden Zone 2.'

Forbidden Zone 2: Bigger, Badder, Bolder
Anousha Hutton Photography. Used with permission.

As Richard Elfman, the expressionistic, surrealist, diabolical director of the macabre masterpiece explained, "'Forbidden Zone 2' is the upcoming sequel to an outrageous fantasy musical I did with my brother Danny Elfman back in 1982. That micro-budgeted film subsequently became a popular cult phenomena, has been produced as a stage play in major cities, and is currently being live shadowcast by 'Rocky Horror' troupes."

Indeed, Richard Elfman, originator of the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo musical theatre troupe, has been awakened by a twisted and robust fan base. If there's any question the man deserves your dollars, you only need to catch any number of his passionate displays of lunacy, including the time he donned a Ko-Ko the clown costume, strapped a marching bass drum and movie placard to himself, and paraded into Hollywood, in front of the Chinese Theatre. He beat his drum incessantly to throngs of perplexed onlookers, all in an effort to announce a retrospective of his work. He even attracted attention from a woman having her photo taken while placing her hands into the imprints of ZaSu Pitts. The man knows how to work a crowd.

Recently, in downtown Santa Ana, Richard rode a black bicycle down the aisle of the Frida Theatre, attired in a white tuxedo with tails. He proceeded to pitch his new film waving about a cigar during a midnight screening of the original 'Forbidden Zone,' which was beautifully restored and colorized. The film was digitally projected with a complete shadowcast staging, reminiscent of those 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' extravaganzas. He posed for photos, signed original FZ posters, hawked FZ t-shirts, and performed with the shadowcast, playing the part of his devilish brother, Danny Elfman. The only thing he didn't do was sweep up the popcorn.

The FZ2 Indiegogo campaign is in full swing and was just extended because of its upward trajectory -- meaning it will go well beyond its goal of $100,000. (Incidentally, with the money Richard has raised so far, he can either supplement his sequel with sexy sequences -- or spend 6 glorious days on 'Fantasy Island.') But Richard isn't looking to crowd source the budget for the entire follow up film. He's looking for support to sweeten and enrich his vision. He's also getting an excellent gauge on the power of his audience and fan base for his new feature. Show him how much you care -- in dollars.

You should support this initiative because Richard Elfman represents the spirit of indie filmmakers. Breakthrough ingenuity expressed outside the traditional Hollywood system is good for the creative expansion of our culture. Plus, he's gonna show more boobs. Indeed, the resourcefulness and inspiration for 'Forbidden Zone' has spawned decades of new filmmakers to follow their dreams, regardless of how outrageous they may be. Because the original film was funded with cobbled together cash over a three year period, the sheer serendipity of Mr. Elfman 's gargantuan genius and invective inventiveness was presented with all the Pomp and Circumstance of a breech baby; but now, thanks to the power of the internet, he has the opportunity -- nay, the responsibility, to push the fully gestated brilliance from his impregnated brain and dazzle us with a placenta-coated masterpiece. Not that there's any pressure. But he does promise that "FZ2 shall be bigger, badder, and bolder than the original." That comes with a funny-back guarantee.

When recently asked to encapsulate his campaign, he replied like the true showman he is: "We are crowd-funding a portion of the budget through Indiegogo to maintain that creative independence. Along with the outrageous humor and absurdity of the original, 'FZ2' will again dazzle its audience with unforgettable vintage musical numbers along with some sizzling hot originals by Danny. My son and daughter-in-law, Bodhi and Jenna Elfman, will each do multiple roles. Jenna, a trained professional dancer, will do a comedic aerial ballet choreographed by Shana Carroll (Cirque du Soleil). Jenna will also play a wild “Rocky-esque” trannie school teacher—Danny is writing her a showstopper!"

For the man who blended French cabaret with minstrelsy circus numbers, found a way to one-up Cab Calloway's Minnie the Moocher, shamelessly crossed all sacred boundaries of race and creed in one fell swoop by ignoring that any such barriers existed, brazenly borrowed the surrealist sensibilities of Max Fleischer, created bawdy, tawdry and disturbing images of Herve Villechaize and Susan Tyrell making-out on a dinner table, the notion of forking over a few bucks to relieve poor Richard of where the cash for his next wild scene is coming from...well, that just seems like a no-brainer.

This is what P.T. Barnum would be doing today. And since he's dead and Richard isn't, this is your chance to get involved in the sociopathic social media mayhem of fan-funded filmmaking. After all, supporting a clown is what America does best.

Dig deep and give big by clicking here: Forbidden Zone 2 Indiegogo campaign!

For the record, I was not threatened with a cattle prod to write this article.

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