Well, with the debut of the new Twin Peaks, I figure this is as good a time as ever to revisit my favorite disturbing scenes from the work of David Lynch:
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
This is just one big spoiler, so I’m just going to link to it. Short, but SUPER disturbing every time I see it.
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.