10. THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982)
Director: Jim Henson and Frank Oz
David Gordon Green says: One of our wizard characters in Your Highness is a puppet, and for that we looked heavily at The Dark Crystal. That’s a movie that used to scare the shit out of me; it was really creepy and gave me tons of nightmares, and I really liked that, strangely enough. [Laughs.]
They tried to present a world that wasn’t just necessarily fantastical and full of magic, but also grim and Gothic. With Your Highness, we were making a comedy movie, and the goal was definitely to make an adventure movie that people will laugh their asses off while watching, but we did want to make sure that we covered a lot of creative ground. A lot of that was in the creatures and the more magical elements of the movie, so The Dark Crystal was a movie we looked at a lot. I’ve always loved it.