Chris Cummins Aug 6, 2019Netflix
takes viewers back to Thra for Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
Like most works that are ahead of their time, The Dark Crystal
was initially met with confusion upon its release in December 1982. Co-directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz
, the film was a shocking experience for families who expected Muppet-esque warmth and were instead thrust into the dark fantasy world of Thra. For this was a picture that dealt with adult themes like genocide and featured one of the decade’s most notorious sources of nightmare fodder in the form of the Skeksis, the movie’s ultra-creepy villains.
Although moderately successful upon release, the movie was hardly the cultural touchstone Henson was hoping for. The Dark Crystal had long been a passion project for him, and even though it underperformed, he was unwilling to abandon the fantasy genre.
Naturally, a film as weird as The Dark Crystal