Skeskis overlords will be draining the essence out of moviegoers for a very limited time early next year when The Dark Crystal re-releases in theaters just after its 35th anniversary.
Fathom Events will be screening Jim Henson’s dark fantasia, now with magical 4K restoration and a new introduction by current CEO and president of The Jim Henson Company Lisa Henson, who reflects on her father Jim’s legacy and how the film came into being.
In case those reptilian bird-creatures otherwise known as the Skeksis didn’t infiltrate your childhood nightmares, The Dark Crystal dawns during the Age of Wonder in a realm overshadowed by their particularly grotesque brand of evil. Enter Gelfling orphan Jen, one of the last of his kind. He was raised by the peaceful (but no less creepy) Mystics, whose eerie vocalizations may also echo in your dreams. Jen sets off on a quest to unearth the missing shard of the Dark Crystal, the rest of which is in the claws of the Skeksis, to bring balance back to the world of Thra and the entire universe before they plunge it into chaos.
This is coming just as Netflix conjures its epic Dark Crystal prequel series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which will be crawling with Muppet life-forms designed by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and the incomparable Brian Froud, the film’s original conceptual designer.
The series will go back in time to an era when the source of the Skeksis’ power is a mystery. When three Gelflings expose the horrors behind it, they spark a rebellion to keep their world from collapsing. Age of Resistance has no release date yet, but you can also enter Thra through Insight Editions’ stunning book The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History and J.M. Lee's collab series with Froud and Henson illustrator Cory Godbey, Shadows of the Dark Crystal and Song of the Dark Crystal.
You have the power to get tickets and relive The Dark Crystal on January 12, with screenings happening on February 25 and February 28 at select theaters.