We watched The Dark Crystal for our family movie last night. My wife and 10Y daughter were the only ones who hadn’t seen it before. Wife didn’t like it, 10YO was traumatized.
Spoiler alert, I guess? If you’re planning to watch the 30 year-old movie for the first time next week?
First off, I guess the puppets are scary, or at least gross, if you’re a 10YO. But the real problem is she’s a huge softie for animals, and this movie is full of cute little animal things (puppets) and and they are constantly getting killed.
10YO’s reactions, in order:
Skeksis eating rat puff-balls: Eww!!
Big beetle enforcer-things: Unnnn…. huge spider things! (she hates spiders)
Podlings eating roast baby frog thing: Why???
Bunny-looking strider things they ride falling to their death fighting beetle things: Tears running down her face.
Fizzgig (all-mouth spherical cat thing) falling down the crystal shaft, seemingly to his death: Howling, huge racking sobs.
Kira, female Gelfling character, getting stabbed to death by a Skeksis: Meh, they’ll bring her back to life or something.