Favorite '80s cult classic: 'The NeverEnding Story' or 'Labyrinth'? | The Tylt
Favorite '80s cult classic: 'The NeverEnding Story' or 'Labyrinth'?
In the first round, magic books and a magic dance beat out post-apocalyptic adventure and a demonic severed hand. It's the second round now, and we’re looking at the need for imagination versus a sexy goblin in tight pants. Don't forget to click on the bracket below and cast your vote for our other '80s cult film matchup!
Ostensibly a look at the power of reading as a source to invigorate imagination, “The NeverEnding Story” (1984) also traumatized a generation with the death of the horse Artax in the swamp of sadness. Human child and reader Bastian is one half of the heroic force of the story and the other being Atreyu, the boy Bastian reads about. Atreyu’s quest to save the Childlike Empress and end the dreaded Nothing (the end of imagination) becomes Bastian’s quest as well. Visually, the film uses pre-CGI technology with miniatures, props and puppets. A huge success in Germany—the film performed modestly in the U.S., but became a video store favorite.
One of the high water marks of '80s fantasy, “Labyrinth” (1986) launched the career of Jennifer Connelly and introduced David Bowie to a new generation of fans. Jim Henson and Brian Froud collaborated on 1982’s “The Dark Crystal,” and teamed up again, this time with Monty Python’s Terry Jones, to create the other-dimensional realm of the Labyrinth (an obvious tribute to “The Wizard of Oz” and Maurice Sendak). The relationship between teenage Sarah (Connelly) and the ageless Goblin King Jareth is either darkly romantic or problematic and disturbing, depending on how you interpret the film. Though “Labyrinth” did poorly at the box office, it’s a fan favorite, especially with cosplay enthusiasts.