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Legend gets a bit trippy but there are some amazing visuals

Updated on October 25, 2011

In 1985, Ridley Scott came out with a very visual fantasy film featuring a young Tom Cruise, a lovely Mia Sara, and Tim Curry in probably the most iconicaly demonic getup ever.

I know this one isn't strictly a "scary movie", but it's about as Halloween-ish as any movie I can imagine. It has goblins and fairies. And it has Robert Picardo as the hideous Meg Mucklebones.

The film follows a young princess, Lilly (Sara), and her forest-child boyfriend, Jack (Cruise). Jack takes Lilly out to see a pair of unicorns one day. However, they're unaware that she is being followed by a group of goblins who have been sent by Darkness (Curry) in order to kill the unicorns and stop the sun from rising each day. That way Darkness would be able to reign, unhindered. Lilly gets captured by the goblins and taken to Darkness himself, while Jack meets a group of wood sprites who help him on his quest to save Lilly and set the world back in order.

The movie gets a bit weird at times, but it works for the atmosphere that Scott is building here. That being said, the atmosphere may not be exactly what you're looking for. It's not the epic-battle type fantasy of Lord of the Rings. It's not a kiddy-type Disney fantasy of wishes and dreams. It's a somewhat trippy good vs. evil fantasy with probably the most amazing feat of prosthetic construction on Tim Curry's head.

And depending on what edit version you watch it can be a little weak on exposition and hard to fully understand.

Which brings me to my next point.

If you decide to watch this one, you should know that there are several different edits of the movie. There's a long story behind that, but basically, after a less than ideal European premier, Scott panicked and began editing out shots and shortening scenes left and right before the American release. Every reference to Mia Sara's character being a princess was inexplicably removed. Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack was replaced by a funky one by Tangerine Dreams. There's also a TV edit that has some traits of both of the previous edits.

Basically, I strongly suggest getting the Director's Cut version of this movie.

And as a bit of trivia, the prosthetics for the face of Blix, the lead goblin played by Alice Playten, was actually based on Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.

I've loved this one since I was a kid, but I know its odd story-telling may not be great for everyone, so I'm going to have to temper my rating a little and give it an 8 / 10.

Legend is rated PG (there was no PG-13) for thematic elements, violence and mildly disturbing visuals.


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