The Friday Afternoon Movie: Inside The Labyrinth

Three day weekend coming up for us Americans, so this has to be a quickie, seeing as I have to amass the alcohol and ammunition that every holiday celebration here requires. Today’s FAM is “Inside the Labyrinth”, an hour long behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of Labyrinth.

Labyrinth, for the one or two readers who don’t know, is the 1986 Jim Henson film starring pre-rhinoplasty Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, a whole mess of puppets, and David Bowie’s package. While short, the documentary does provide a look into the complexity of the creatures that Henson and company were building, exemplified by the image of a severed, yet moving Hoggle head speaking lines whilst perched on a wooden post. (Bonus for Star Trek: The Next Generation fans: Hey look, Dr. Crusher was also a choreographer.)

Thorough as it is, it does not address the decision to pour David Bowie into nut-hugging spandex for a children’s film; something that, for now at least, remains a mystery.

7 Responses to “The Friday Afternoon Movie: Inside The Labyrinth”

  1. Jennifer de G Says:

    If I recall correctly, there’s a part in this where David Bowie is talking about Jennifer Connelly, saying, “Jennifer is beautiful and talented” etc. Well, I once fell asleep while I was watching it and dreamed that David Bowie was in love with me. Sigh.

  2. WildeHuntCorsetry Says:

    David Bowie’s Penis needs it’s own IMDb listing. Labyrinth, The Man Who Fell to Earth……

  3. Rouise Says:


  4. Trashwolfe Says:

    Yes… let’s talk about The Man Who Fell to Earth. . .

  5. Darmin Says:

    So that’s why McFadden was the Dancing Doctor! That explains so much.

  6. Lily Says:

    I was raised on David Bowie, but the first time I ever realized a crush was the first time my little sister and I watched Labyrinth. I remember going to bed that night, heart racing, totally awake. Like, I could never go back. Labyrinth stole the kingdom of my heart, kicked the doors down, slaughtered innocent bystanders and overthrew the monarchy. It was a mess. I was seven or eight.

    This was magical to watch. Everyone seemed to be having such a good time, and that makes a film extra fun for me. And Jim Henson and I feel the same way about flicks, that we like to leave happier than when we came.

  7. Chris Furniss Says:

    <3 <3 <3