Denzel Washington Praises A Nightmarish Classic: “You gotta love a movie that has your jaw dropping.”


David Lynch’s Blue Velvet is one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s an ethereal odyssey into the underbelly of suburbia with enough Lynchian weirdness to augment its more familiar stretches. And that familiarity, I should note, isn’t a bad thing. While Blue Velvet ranks among Lynch’s most accessible offerings (other than his Oscar-nominated The Elephant Man, maybe), it’s plenty enigmatic in its own right. Turns out, Denzel Washington agrees.

Per MGM+: Upon returning to his hometown on break from college, a man discovers a severed ear in a field. When he sets out to investigate, he gets involved with a mysterious singer, and upon doing so uncovers a sordid world of sex, violence, and macabre.

Denzel Washington considers Lynch’s Blue Velvet to be one of his favorite movies of all time, remarking, “It was the first time I saw anything so strange.” In the early days of Netflix DVD rentals, I was desperate to expand my awareness of different films and different directors, and in eighth grade, I went full in on David Lynch. Lost Highway baffled and terrified me. Mulholland Drive bewitched me. It was Blue Velvet, however, that sealed the deal. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen, and I couldn’t get enough of it. Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, and a sensational Dennis Hopper? What more is there to ask for?

Denzel Washington expanded on his Blue Velvet thoughts some, adding, “You gotta love a movie that has your jaw dropping. At least it provokes a response, which is what a great film is supposed to do.” Love him or hate him, David Lynch will have you feeling something. Washington is right—that is good what film does.

What do you think? Do you agree with Denzel Washington? What’s your favorite David Lynch movie? Let me know over on Twitter @Chadiscollins.



Sign up for The Harbinger a Dread Central Newsletter