Blue Velvet (1986)
Blue Velvet is a weird one. I mean, really weird.
Considering this is a David Lynch flick, I should not be surprised at all. Some of the readers at home might be wondering how exactly this movie a Satanic one? Blue Velvet may not be as blatant as some of the other works on the Church of Satan recommended films list. However, with a little digging, I’m confident that a Satanist can put the pieces of this puzzling picture together.
Speaking of digging, one of the first scenes in the movie is a menagerie of malicious insects; biting and clawing at one another amidst the landscape of a quiet and seemingly perfect town. This picturesque view is the representation of Americana at its most idyllic. But amidst the so-called peace, fang and claw is still the whole of the law.
Blue Velvet is like that, putting up a mirror to our lives and showing us that all is not what it seems — a third side perspective, if you will. Jeffrey Beaumont, a mild-mannered college student, quickly learns that he must play a little dirty to get to the bottom of some shady dealings in his hometown of Lumberton. He is the noir hero at its most unassuming — the catalyst for this change, finding a severed ear while out on a stroll near a field.
After bringing the severed member into the police station, he reports it to a detective, who quickly tells him to keep it all hush-hush. Jeffrey is not one to take things lying down, so he, along with his gal-pal, Sandy, take matters into their own hands, Lex-talionis style. But because of this, Jeffrey is thrown into a world of danger: police corruption, sadomasochism, insane drug lords, and a dame caught between it all are all par for the course.
Since the topic of druglords is given the limelight, it is unavoidable that Frank Booth is brought up. Frank is, by far, one of the most engaging and terrifying gangsters to be put on the Silver Screen. He’s deranged, deprived, dangerous and dastardly — the perfect villain. At times, it seems impossible that Jeffrey will be able to best such a formidable foe. But with his clever use of wile and guile, unwillingness to ‘turn the other cheek,’ and iron determination to bring about justice in a world gone soft, Jeffrey proves himself to be more than capable. Frank might have the fangs, but Jeffrey showed that he had the hidden claws needed to face Frank! Never let your enemy see you coming, and have them underestimate you at all times.
I could sing the praises of Blue Velvet more but with its multilayered symbolism, striking visuals, and tense story but this review would quickly turn into a thesis! So I will conclude with this. The Doctor himself loved these kinds of films, and it is easy to see why. And although Blue Velvet is more of a surrealist trip than others of its ilk, it is a noir thriller through and through. A less-than-noble hero, a damsel in distress, seedy underbellies of society, and a psychotic gangster make Blue Velvet one unique experience!
[- D.A. Marshall]
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