Clean-cut college student Jeffrey (Kyle MacLachlan) is back visiting family in his sleepy little hometown of Lumberton. When he discovers a severed human ear in a local park, Jeffrey starts looking for clues. Before long, his innocent curiosity and do-gooder intentions are put to the test as he's confronted with a seedy underworld full of shady (and typically Lynchian) characters. Isabella Rossellini is exquisite as damaged lounge singer Dorothy Vallens and Dennis Hopper's terrifying portrayal of Frank Booth is chillingly unforgettable.
Why You Should See This Film
David Foster Wallace cited Blue Velvet as a major turning point which completely reshaped his approach to his own work, as well as his understanding of what avant garde art could be. It's the film that introduced Lynch to mainstream audiences, and while it's arguably his most accessible work, it in no ways compromises his distinct vision. Blue Velvet best encapsulates and articulates Lynch's ongoing obsession with the horror lurking beneath the surface of suburbia, and showcases his trademark juxtaposition of pop music, wholesome Americana and transgressive violence.