Horror History: Happy Birthday To My Favorite Filmmaker, David Lynch!

On this day in horror history, Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet writer-director David Lynch (aka my favorite filmmaker) was born in Missoula, Montana in 1946.

Lynch’s debut film is the nightmare caught on camera Eraserhead. He followed that up with the strange but sweet flick The Elephant Man. Next came his infamous adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. Then (one of his) masterpieces, Blue Velvet. Not content with one master work, Lynch next helmed Wild at Heart with Nic Cage.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me came after that and Lost Highway wasn’t far behind. Lynch then changed gears to bring us the G-rated Disney drama The Straight Story. Then came his magnum opus Mulholland Drive and finally Inland Empire. He also created (and directed many episodes of) the cult classic TV series Twin Peaks.

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Now I don’t know about you, but if I had to choose, I’d say that my favorite David Lynch flick is Mulholland Drive with Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring.

The failed TV pilot turned feature film follows a dark-haired woman (Laura Elena Harring) who is left amnesiac after a car crash. She wanders the streets of Los Angeles in a daze before taking refuge in an apartment. There she is discovered by Betty (Naomi Watts), a wholesome Midwestern blonde who has come to the City of Angels seeking fame as an actress. Together, the two attempt to solve the mystery of Rita’s true identity. The story is set in a dream-like Los Angeles.

The film sports an 83% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes. The Critics Consensus reads: David Lynch’s dreamlike and mysterious Mulholland Drive is a twisty neo-noir with an unconventional structure that features a mesmerizing performance from Naomi Watts as a woman on the dark fringes of Hollywood.

What’s your favorite David Lynch movie?

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