Labyrinth Nook

A blog dedicated to the Jim Henson film, Labyrinth - featuring hundreds of rare images, from stills to posters, from video game covers to pin badges! If you want to find anything Labyrinth-related, make Labyrinth Nook your first stop!

There’s a new LabyFic challenge up over on the LiveJournal community, and we’re looking for people to join in! All are welcome, and if you’re interested in taking part just check out the challenge post here. If you have any questions, leave a comment on the post or drop a message in my ask box.

CHALLENGE #18: Someone is hiding, but who? What (or who) sent them into hiding in the first place? Are they hiding from fear, or is there some other motive at play?

Bonus element: if you want an extra challenge, work a spiffy red dress into your tale.

Signal boosts appreciated!

DAY 2: Labyrinth by AurelGweillys

I adore this! The poses and expressions are simply perfect. Jareth’s … attributes are also perfectly evoked.

These screencaps (with the exception of the last) represent three sequential shots from the ‘Escher Room’ scene in Labyrinth. In order to form an argument on what’s happening in these shots, I will start with a hypothesis: the entire ‘Escher Room’ scene is far more concerned with Jareth and his emotions than it is with Sarah rescuing Toby. For a start, the song dominates the first half of the scene and is completely concerned with Jareth’s dawning realisation that he wants Sarah but cannot have her. After the ledge-flipping antics early on, Jareth and Sarah are separate: the scene becomes a sequence of disorientating looks, and these screencaps exemplify that.

The set design is, of course, all about distorting perspective: up is down, down is up, and so on. Because the set doesn’t conform to your normal spatial boundaries, the way scene is shot doesn’t either. The first two screencaps above are a great example of cinematic trickery, even if the ‘trick’ is only to fool the viewer for a moment: the shots are framed so as to make you think that Jareth is looking ‘down’ at Sarah and she is looking back ‘up’ at him. Only when the next shot - of Toby looking ‘up’ - comes do you realise that Sarah is paying absolutely no attention to Jareth. For the rest of the scene, there is no interaction between them whatsoever: indeed, there’s a complete shift in focus from Jareth and Sarah to Toby and Sarah. When Sarah’s frantic race to Toby becomes the focus, the song starts to fade away, irrelevant and forgotten.

To stray into song interpretation territory, I will say it’s interesting to remark that the line “I can’t live within you” isn’t uttered until right at the end of the song. ‘Within You’ starts as a series of threats, bombastic statements and endearments, but the last line is almost gasped as if Jareth can hardly bring himself to sing it. The delivery is faltering and stilted, and it’s sung from the shadows. He knows Sarah isn’t listening, so he no longer has any need to hide his vulnerability and his longing behind bombast. He’s exposed, and his vulnerability means he becomes the most intriguing element of the scene. He should be our villain, but our empathy lies squarely with him because the scene is at pains to exemplify that he has been rejected and is suffering. That, my friends, is what makes Jareth so interesting.

Agree? Disagree? Have further thoughts? Let me know!

What were your favourite fairytales growing up? [x]

It’s great to see another Labyrinth fan emerge! I do, however, hope this doesn’t give the Once Upon A Time show-runners any ideas…


Jareth, PC-88 version of Labyrinth. Seems to be based on the Apple II point and click adventure thing rather than the Famicom top-down Zelda thing.

Wow, that’s amazing! I’ve never heard of this incarnation of the game before. Do you know anywhere with more info/is there an emulator version floating around?


One of a few concept sketches for a client.

While it’s only a rough sketch, I adore this - it captures the romantic yet vaguely sinister feel of the scene perfectly.


Sarah, drawn in PS.


It’s that time again! If you have Labyrinth blot bunnies bouncing around you’re brain in need of new pastures, be sure to check out the LabyFic community where a new challenge has just been posted! Anyone can take part and all are welcome. If you have any questions, just shout.

CHALLENGE #17: For this challenge, you are to change one decision or action that Sarah makes in the film. You can treat this as a very straightforward and traditional prompt (What if Sarah said yes to Jareth’s offer, remaining with him?) or as something a little more unusual (What would Jareth have done if Sarah had not said the words to begin with? Would he give up, or resort to new tactics? Would he even notice?) If you like you could even have a slow-burn story where a seemingly small change (What if Sarah had refused to give the Wise Man payment?) has consequences further down the line.

The deadline for this challenge is 27th September - a new challenge will be posted the following day, so please comment to let me know what you’d like to see from the next challenge!

For more information, visit the community and have a dig around!

Labyrinth Japanese-style, complete with the singularly most unflattering depiction of Jareth ever created.

I believe this is some kind of promotional flyer for the Labyrinth video game.