Following a dream I had three years ago, I have become deeply moved by the plight of the Tibetan people, and have been filled with a desire to help them. I also awoke from the same dream realizing that I had subconsciously gained knowledge of a deductive technique, involving mind-body coordination operating hand-in-hand with the deepest level of intuition.
–Dale Cooper, “Twin Peaks”
I know, I know…this topic is sorta a “gimmie” & rather ubiquitous. EVERYBODY has their fave scenes from David Lynch productions, the same way pretty much everybody can rattle off their favorite 10 or 15 Wings Hauser movies at the drop of a hat.
That said…here are my top 5 favorite creepy Lynch scenes:
5. “In Dreams,” Blue Velvet
An unusually pale Dean Stockwell lip-synching to “In Dreams” by Roy Orbison. Dennis Hopper announces he will fuck anything that moves. Good times. Joy ride!
4. “Oh, You ARE Sick!,” Eraserhead
This movie has tons of creepy scenes, but the sudden jump-scare reveal here made me inexplicably laugh (which is maybe creepy as well).
3. “Mystery Man,” Lost Highway
When a pasty-faced maniacally-smiling Robert Blake tells you he is simultaneously both standing in front of you and in your house, you are FUCKED.
2. The Last Scene, the original Twin Peaks TV series
Warning: this is just one big spoiler. A short clip, but SUPER disturbing every time I see it—with the trademark Lynch jump-scare/sudden rise in volume.
1. “Winkie’s Diner Scene,” Mulholland Drive
The gold-standard of weird scenes in David Lynch movies, with a jump-scare that literally gets me EVERY SINGLE TIME (because I’m anticipating it, but I’m always off by a couple of seconds). A slow build, but worth it.