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living in: the dark crystal

by amym

Today’s living in is all about facing your childhood fears head on bravely and declaring for the whole world to hear, “The Dark Crystal, it’s taken 20 years but I am no longer scared of you.” Repeat a few times till you trick yourself into believing it.  Sort of.  I grew up in a family that supported a healthy respect for Jim Henson, Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock and Sesame Street. But while my big sister couldn’t get enough of The Dark Crystal, I think I spent repeated viewings completely under the covers. Heck, I was even scared of the Gelflings.

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Honestly I’m still kinda creeped out, even by the good guys.  But evil skeksis or no, I have a firm appreciation for 1980s style elfin fantasy style.  A little thatched hut in the woods with lots of baskets and bottles and viney tree roots doesn’t sound too bad these days, but let’s skip the whole sucking of life essence bit. That, my friends, I could do without.

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  • I’ve never heard of this movie but it looks like something that would give me nightmares. I’m liking the idea of childhood movies for living in though. Keep up the good work. I love this series!

  • You get MAJOR points for blogging about this movie! I was scared of it when I was little too…it was the Skesis. But I grew out of it and it’s been a favorite of mine for years! (along with all other things Jim Henson) I wish I could say it’s The Dark Crystal that my name is from, but my parents actually picked it after watching Xanadu. (I DARE you to do a “Living In” feature about that movie!) ;)

  • Ok, I posted yesterday I hadn’t seen it… so I looked and it’s on NetFlix Instant Play! So DH and I watched it last night!
    It was… slightly bizarre, but overall I really liked it! :)

  • Ok… this movie use to scare the begeezes out of me as well. Those creatures were crazy scary for a 5+/- year old. Please just look at these images of the Podlings and Skeksis:



    … nuff said.
    I’m all for it NOW… after 20-some years, I should be over it. This along with Labyrinth and the Last Unicorn (cartoon movie) are probably the most memorable of my childhood. For that, I am appreciative.

  • Wow, The Dark Crystal! I saw this movie when it first came out in 1982 (I was in my 20’s), and though some scenes were indeed creepy (never mind the Skesis, how about the Landstriders? Aughra? And even the aligning of the 3 suns!), the movie was no creepier than Star Wars (c’mon, some of the SW creatures were very creepy too!) The film was far ahead of its time; the precursor to The Lord of The Rings, Avatar, etc. Kudos, Design Sponge, for opening up a dialog about the movie (unfortunately, it takes away from the whole point of the post, which is to show design items inspired by the movie!) By the way, if you Google images from the movie, you’ll see a few pictures of a couple of celebs who look like some of the characters (Steven Tyler as Jen, the Oldsen twins as Kira, Mikey Teutel/Brigitte Bardot/Maria Shriver [?] as Aughra). Fun!

  • this is, essentially, my favorite movie ever, but everyone is right about how terrifying it is/was!

    the comments crack me up! and it’s great to know that other people have mental ties to this film and the last unicorn, labyrinth, and return to oz — all the things that childhood trauma and love are made of!

    not really my style, but love the post nonetheless.

  • I think it was their creepy sing-songy voices that gave me the wiggins. Though I still use the the line “words that stay” on a nearly daily basis. Good job with the living in finds, though I never want to live in this one…

  • wow, when I said what I said before, about any of the others being my favorites, I lied. This is wonderful. It both cracks me up and delights me with whimsy. And it will be my favorite forever, or until you do a little Anne of Avonlea, or Ever After or Chocolat… okay, clearly it will be my favorite for at least 30 seconds…

  • Well, of course you were scared of that movie. Look at how freaky those gelflikngs and skeksis are! My bff at the time was obsessed with it, so I always had to watch it when I was visiting her and it rained. I never got over the creeped-out feeling. We’re no longer bffs, and it’s no surprise…

  • OMG! YES! I’d be into this way more if my love for the movie was of a dangerously geeky scifi worshiping degree….its not (thank god) but if it were I’d want my taste to be this kick ass. I still love this movie.

  • Daaaaang. This is amazing. Thank you for this.
    I want those sandals SO BADLY but the website doesn’t have them anymore! Ah!

  • People who FORCE other people to sell, throw away, or otherwise divest themselves of this movie are bad people. You have no child left in you, your sense of magic and wonder is gone.

    This movie embodies those things and does so in an intelligent and imaginative way. Never get rid of it! I never will!

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