Many horror fans who came of age in the 1980s have a soft spot in our hearts for The Dark Crystal, directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz (released in 1982). The film was and remains singularly unique; a film starring puppets, aimed at children, stuffed with themes both cosmic and objectively terrifying.
If it’s been decades (or if you were too young to experience it back in the day) The Dark Crystal is now streaming on Netflix. Revisit the synopsis and trailer below.
Jen (Stephen Garlick), raised by the noble race called the Mystics, has been told that he is the last survivor of his own race, the Gelflings. He sets out to try to find a shard of the dark crystal, a powerful gem that once provided balance to the universe. After the crystal was broken, the evil Skeksis used sinister means to gain control. Jen believes that he can repair the dark crystal and bring peace back to the world, if he can only find the remaining shard.
This, of course, poses the question: With the original Dark Crystal arriving on the streaming giant, can the prequel series, Age of Resistance, be far off? Is Netflix speaking to us in code? The prequel series was first announced in 2017, and it’s been four months since our last update, so… perhaps.
Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw will be playing a Gelfling and recently discussed her participation with our friends at Collider:
“It’s like a childhood dream come true for me because I grew up on Jim Henson. Not so much on The Dark Crystal because I was slightly young for that, but I was obsessed with Fraggle Rock, and Miss Piggy and Kermit. I used to do a Miss Piggy voice, when I was a kid. I also know the Jim Henson version of the Greek myths, arranged by John Hurt and called The Storyteller, which told all of the myths from Daedalus and Icarus to the Minotaur. So, to be able to voice any Jim Henson character takes me straight back to the nostalgia of my childhood, especially in this day and age, when we have so many movies where the whole movie is CGI and everything is animated to such a computerized, flawless degree. There’s something so tangible and retro and special about it. It’s just so unique, and I’m so thrilled to be a part of it.”