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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 co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.