Blue Velvet (1986)
"The Most Talked About Film of the Decade (US Laserdisc release) "After finding a severed human ear in a field, a young man soon discovers a sinister underworld lying just beneath his idyllic suburban home town.
I've never seen anything quite like this before...
What surprised me was how very different this was from the two other great
David Lynch films I'd seen: "Lost Highway" and "The Straight Story", which
are in turn very different from one another. I'd been told by a disappointed
David Lynch fan, back in 1997, that the only reason I was so deeply
impressed with "Lost Highway" was that I hadn't seen "Bue Velvet", in which
he does much the same kind of thing better. "Blue Velvet" may indeed be
better (I wouldn't want to say), but in no respect is it the same kind of
thing. (The only instance I've encountered so far of Lynch making the same
film twice is "Lost Highway" being remade as "Mulholland Drive", which
partly accounts for the latter film being so stale and
"Blue Velvet" is a simple amateur sleuthing story, but the genius is in the
telling of it. It's hard to avoid the feeling that something supernatural is
somehow involved, although it isn't, and we know that it isn't. It looks and
feels as though we're watching the world through a special enchanted (or
cursed) prism: the image has been pulled apart, ALMOST into two distinct
images, with the elements of pure evil and pure wholesomeness now distinct
from one another, sitting just millimetres apart.
Unrelated to this, but still contributing to the intense suspense and the
overall creepiness, is Lynch's ability to make us familiar with a few
ordinary locations, which grow more sinister - or at least more meaningful -
every time we see them, until the sight of a simple concrete stairwell in
the dark is enough to make us start to panic.