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Blue Velvet

Released 1986
Distributor De Laurentiis Entertainment Group

David Lynch’s bifurcated vision of small-town America, one part blue skies and picket fences, one part helium-inhaling sociopaths, is one of the most startlingly original films ever produced. Kyle MacLachlan plays the apple-cheeked boy-next-door who gets taught a thing or two by the pitiable Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) and her nightmare captor, Frank Booth (played by an inspired and totally terrifying Dennis Hopper). He’s hardly in the trailer but former child star Dean Stockwell provides one of the most memorable weird performances in film history.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History Of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay. He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits. The ten-part audio drama Bronzeville which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (The Game) recently wrote and sold the feature spec Trigger Warning, which is being produced by Thunder Road. Josh is the host of Trailers From Hell's official podcast, The Movies That Made Me, available everywhere podcasts are streamed and downloaded!