5 SPOT: Underrated and Overlooked Film Scores
The Dark Crystal (1982)
Trevor Jones - "Dark Crystal Overture"
Before Labyrinth, there was The Dark Crystal; a movie overshadowed by the more successful former, although revered as a cult classic today by Jim Henson fanatics. On the surface, the film appears to be a goofy children’s movie, designed to keep the kids busy for 90 minutes because they wanted to watch a live-action adventure, but Tim Curry was too scary in Legend for it to be considered as an option. Henson’s creatures in this film are frankly better than what was later seen in Labyrinth; they’re both more convincing and creative, and rarely has a Good vs. Evil story been done so simply and effectively. To aid in legitimizing this fantasy story into something larger than just a bargain bin passing fancy, composer Trevor Jones amplified its epic scope with the London Symphony Orchestra and the unforgettable (yet sadly, forgotten by many) recurring title theme.