When my sister and I try to decide what movie to watch for family movie night in a nutshell.
are the Skeksis jewish?
"Trial by Stone? I f--king love Trial by Stone!"
Before there was Trial by Combat, there was Trial By Stone!
amusing yet scary
There's a deeper aspect to the Generals' victory. In the world of the dark crystal, magic and power can not only be summoned through wrights, sound, shapes and other conventional means none throughout fiction but also stances. The urSkek, the beings who the Skeksis were part of had a very deep system of magical and technological lore that had part of its foundations in complex geometric shapes. By learning to form these shapes with your stances you could summon power.
The General is the only one of the Skeksis who can perform such exact stances and this grants him much greater physical strength. However its unknown if this is a conscious act or a subconscious one.
I just watched this film for the first time in like 15 years yesterday and my first thought when watching this scene... " So... when do they give samus the power suit?" LOL
What a great scene. When I first saw this at a young age, I thought the Skeksis were tearing the Chamberlain apart before I realize they were just stripping him. Also, does the clothes of the Skeksis remind anybody of the 1984 version of Dune?
"TRIAL BY STONE!"
"TRIAL BY STONE!"
"CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES!"
"Damnit Steve, you had ONE job!"
I think the reason the Skeksis don't kill one another is because it would be to easy, and messy. They might also seem to very loyal the emperor as long as he's alive because without him their would be no order and empire would fall.
When the slaves walked out to pull out the stone, they scared the crap out of me!!
Dark Crystal trailer brought me here.
I absolutely love this scene. The skeksis in general were such a fascinating, sophisticated bunch of villains. This entire ritual is just dripping with little implications. When those big swords come out, your first assumption is that they're about to have a fight to the death. But they're more civilized than that. They realize that they're a dying race, and can't go about picking their emporers by disemboweling each other. The victor could very well suffer a fatal wound midfight. And on top of that, they see themselves as above that kind of simple violence. So instead, the goal here seems to be to take turns striking that stone. Not to split it in half, just to impress their potential subjects. There doesn't appear to be any single discerinble metric that determines a "good hit", with the crowd judging each hit. It's almost like a rap battle. And in that regard shows that even as intelligent and civilized as they are, they're still violent and brutish. Those conflicting natures of theirs are always presented in just about any of their scenes. Especially right after, when the chamberlain is defeated and must pay the price. Again, your first thought is that the price is death, but instead they literally strip him of his station, and merely banish him. They take gruesome pleasure in doing so, and the chamberlains reactions make it seem like death isn't much worse, but at the same time, they make no hesitation to let him go, and no attempt to physically hurt him. The thought of execution never once enters their minds, no matter how sadistic and cruel they are.
It's a shame movie villains aren't nearly this fleshed out and imagined today. Nowadays you just give him some tragic backstory about how he had a family that died, or just make him an old boy soldier, and you're done.
its crazy that the characyers are based on jim hensons drawings
I used to try to figure out the rules to Trial by Stone. is it just whoever makes a bigger dent in the stone? What if the first guy cuts all the way through it?
Creepy piece of junk
I thought this was Saudi Arabia at first
Looks like an American Congress
yes still better than CGI
They look so gross naked omfg