10 Shocking Facts You Didn’t Know About ‘Labyrinth’

In tribute of David Bowie’s passing this week, many are reminiscing his most popular work in the movie and music industries. Thanks to his popularity, Labyrinth went from a theatrical failure to a cult classic. The movie is a story geared toward children about a teenage girl that loses her brother to Jareth the Goblin King, who is played by Bowie. Here are 10 things that you probably didn’t know about the film, including the work it took to make Hoggle and George Lucas’ involvement in it.

Box Office Bomb

You wouldn’t believe it now with a trio like Jim Henson, George Lucas, and David Bowie headlining a film, but Labyrinth didn’t make much in theaters. With a $25 million budget, the film only made $12.7 million.

Jareth’s Character Inspiration

The inspiration behind David Bowie’s character was based off of two other characters — Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights and Mr. Edward Rochester from Jane Eyre. This explains some of Jareth’s personality being very passionate but somewhat of a jerk.