It is a truth universally acknowledged that the best kids movies of the 80s were terrifying and psyche shredding. To all the small children who were terrified by a few wolves in Frozen this weekend I want say, “Kid, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen the nightmares Jim Henson could produce with just a few puppets.”
One of Henson’s most terrifying creations was The Dark Crystal and the whining, scheming Skeksis who inhabited it. But apparently the version that both thrilled and unnerved us as children wasn’t the version Henson wanted to produce. He wanted something much darker. Here’s a description of what you are about to see:
This is indeed an edit that Jim Henson and Frank Oz made themselves back in late 1981. This is not a “fan edit” and I didn’t change the edit that was seen in the copy of the workprint. This vision is one that Henson and Oz cut together themselves but was never made widely available in a home video capacity. Henson and Oz of 1981 would, and did, approve of this cut enough to show it to test audiences but after negative feedback there were changes to the dialogue. Hopefully that clears things up and I hope the Henson company can appreciate the historical value of having this version available again.
Yes, that’s right, someone (Christopher Orgeron to be precise) has gone rogue in order to pot this for your enjoyment. Which means the folks at Henson could yank it at anytime. Enjoy it while you can. Perhaps with a soft blanket and some cocoa.