The CineFamily presents a midnight screening of this 1982 fantasy film, directed by Jim Henson, as part of their Friday night series "Muppets, Music & Magic: Jim Henson’s Legacy."
From the official website:
The last thing anyone expected from the creator of The Muppets, Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal was its creator's ambitious bid for status as a serious filmmaker and a pioneer in fantasy storytelling. Those who see it will never forget the completely fresh, exciting new world created entirely through puppets and creative art design. In an undefined land and time, a hulking, repulsive dragon-like race called the Skeksis have stolen a large, damaged purple crystal which provides them power and knowledge, and it's up to Jen, a young elfen creature whose race is destined to heal the crystal, to accept his quest. The Dark Crystal is not really a children's film per se, as its naive, childlike protagonists are thrust into a bewildering and dangerous set of circumstances they don't understand--but like most of the overlooked entries in cinema fantastique for the amazing year of 1982 (Blade Runner, The Thing, Conan the Barbarian, Videodrome, etc.), this film has found a steadily growing audience over the years more receptive to its complex, challenging attempts to depict the relationship between good and evil. Oh, yes--and it also completely rocks.
More in this series:
- Muppets, Music & Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy
- The Dark Crystal at Silent Movie Theatre
- Jim Henson Commercials and Experiments at Silent Movie Theatre