What Were The Films Universal Pictures Was Crowing About Back In 1982?

The other day at the arcade, I had dropped by to record the Zaxxon episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast and found that Shea had left me a pretty awesome gift. A laminated flyer circa 1982 from Universal Pictures promoting their then upcoming films that they felt would appeal to fans of horror, fantasy, and science-fiction.

I must assume these were handed out at trade shows to get film distributors interested enough to make sure to order enough prints for the films being offered by the studios so they could then lease them to the movie theaters. I love how they remind you of Universal Pictures heritage in those fields of entertainment right off the bat!

Universal Pictures 1982

Then we get the enjoyment of seeing just what Universal was bringing to the table in 1982. I mean, just look at that line up! Cat People. Conan the Barbarian. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. John Carpenter’s The Thing. David Cronenberg’s Videodrome and to end the year out they had Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal!

Universal Pictures 1982 - Cat People - The Thing

By the way, it looks like the dates changed from that flyer which is understandable as studios have a tendency to do this all the time but E.T. hit theaters on June 11th.

E.T. the Extra Terrestrial - 1982

Videodrome though saw itself being pushed back to February 4, 1983.
Videodrome - 1983

This will find a place of honor on my library wall!

Jim Henson’s Puppeteer Workshop For The Dark Crystal (1981?)

As is often the case when I am trying to find something retro or at the very least retro related to share, I am following a totally different and unrelated subject from what I end up deciding to write about. In the case of finding this incredible behind the scenes video clip from what I believe are the weekly workshops that Jim Henson held with his crew during pre-production of 1982’s The Dark Crystal, I was looking up some Dick Cavett interviews with Stan Freberg!

[Via] The Jim Henson Company

While in all honesty my heart is more aligned with Brian Froud and Jim Henson’s second partnership with 1986’s Labyrinth, I still very much love The Dark Crystal. I can remember seeing it for the first time at the Razorback theater, immediately getting sucked into the movie right from the first few seconds, thanks in no small part to Trevor Jones’ moving soundtrack for the film.

[Via] Oinkers the Turnip

I also want to say that this was the one-sheet on display at theater when I saw it…there might even have been two different posters hanging up, one inside the lobby and the other in the vestibule.
The Dark Crystal - One Sheet

Now Is Your Chance To Own The Rocketeer’s Helmet!

Holy cow. If ever there as a time for me to be lucky enough to hit the lottery I think now would be a very opportune time as The Prop Store is holding an auction selling the likes of the “hero” helmet from 1991’s The Rocketeer.

That is just the tip of the iceberg however as also up for sale at the auction that will take place on September 23rd in Waterloo, London England are items from the Dark Crystal such as Fizzgig!

Images courtesy of the Prop Store.

Images courtesy of the Prop Store.

Hm. Maybe I can ask the Retroist for an advance in pay…for the next 75 years?

The Dark Crystal

Jim Henson and Frank Oz Discuss The Dark Crystal (1982)

Thanks to this Entertainment Tonight Flashback segment we can watch this 1982 interview with both Jim Henson and Frank Oz as they discuss the amount of craftsmanship that went into the creation of the world of the Dark Crystal and its inhabitants.

Even though I watched Entertainment Tonight every night during dinner this was actually the first time to see this clip, I thought it was really interesting how even from the first Henson decided their wouldn’t be a film sequel with the characters from the original film.