Blue Velvet (1986)

Directed by David Lynch

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Dean Stockwell, Isabella Rossellini

"It's a strange world, isn't it?"

David Lynch scares me, and that is why I adore him. This film is another walk on the dark side by Lynch, an expose of the nastiness that hides just beneath the thin veneer of suburban normalcy.

Life as he knows it abruptly ends for young Jeffrey Beaumont when he finds a severed human ear. His attempt to solve this gruesome mystery only leads him into a series of bizarre encounters and dangerous situations. There's a lot more to sleepy Lumberton than Jeff can begin to imagine.

As expected, David Lynch lets his freak flag fly. Everyone is odd, twisted, or downright nuts. (What the hell is in Lumberton's water supply?) Even Jeffrey, who appears to be Joe College personified, is somewhat bent.

Two of the weirdest characters ever are in this flick. Dennis Hopper as sadistic maniac Frank Booth is stunning. And Dean Stockwell matches his intensity in the briefly seen, but never to be forgotten role of Ben. He is nothing short of astounding, in his satin jacket and pasty makeup. As Frank so elegantly puts it, he IS fucking suave.  When our hero is forced to go on a joyride with Frank and his cohorts, it is absolutely terrifying. Once you see this film, the song "In Dreams" will haunt you for the rest of your life. Good stuff!