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Three of David Lynch’s Creepiest Characters

There’s noting like a Lynch film to bring on the creep factor. He just turned 70, and is working on the highly anticipated new Twin Peaks series airing next year, and I’m excited to see how he will out-creep himself with this new incarnation. He has in spades what I think is lacking from many American directors – the ability to make his audience feel an indefinable sense of discomfort and distaste, one that is delicious to people who appreciate a good creeping out, and one that some people can’t handle or appreciate. Those who like happy endings do not like Lynch’s work, which so often leaves one with a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. It’s awesome that someone who deals so heavily in the surreal is so well able to capture reality. Anyway, in celebration of his birth on this planet, and the birth of so many awesome films (and TV shows), here are three clips of some of his creepiest, most surreal and strange characters:

 

BOB – Twin Peaks

Bob is creepy as fuck. He comes out of nowhere looking like the murderous drifter outcast from so many urban legends and old murder stories. You just know he killed Laura…but did he? Is he even human? WTF is going on???

 

 

THE OLD PEOPLE – Mulholland Drive

This old couple are the perfect Lynch antagonists. They seem harmless and nice, until they drive Naomi Watts insane. They have that great quick demon shuffle going on that’s been a staple of so many hour movie villains since. If by any chance you haven’t seen this movie (which would be weird), this clip is the very end, so don’t watch it.

 

 

THE MYSTERY MAN – Lost Highway

Lost Highway is another celebration of the surreal, with Bill Pullman existing in a weird nightmarish dream of being two people, both in increasingly shitty situations. He meets a seriously weird and evil looking guy – the Mystery Man – at a party, who may be one of Lynch’s most unsettling creations, and haunts Pullman throughout the movie.

 

 

 

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Allen Inman

    January 22, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    I believe the actress who was the man behind the dumpster was also the nurse that Eddie Izzard killed in the Hannibal TV series.

  2. Ben Last

    January 22, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Mulholland Drive homeless man.

  3. Vincent Presley

    January 22, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Mystery Man in Lost Highway and the man behind Winkies

  4. Bilb Ono

    January 22, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Bobby Peru and Ben (Dean Stockwell in Blue Velvet)

  5. Max T. Figura

    January 22, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Definitely a tie between Mystery Man and Homeless Man.

  6. Lilian Renaud

    January 22, 2016 at 8:41 am

    that fourth one …

  7. Oliver D. Edsforth

    January 22, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Man behind the dumpster in M.D. and Laura Dern balloon face in I.E. are strong 4th and 5th places

  8. Brittany Hebenton

    January 22, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Casper Macabre

  9. Jay Lane

    January 22, 2016 at 7:12 am

    call me. Rj Naked Lunch was Cronenberg but youre right every character in that even weller is creepy as fuck

  10. Rj Keith

    January 22, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Everybody in Naked Lunch.But mostly Julian Sands.

  11. Wiman Rizkidarajat

    January 22, 2016 at 5:01 am

    Rita from Mulholland dr 🤔

  12. Olivier Bourbonnais

    January 22, 2016 at 4:12 am

    The homeless man behind the diner.

    • Jay Lane

      January 22, 2016 at 7:11 am

      this to me is the scariest moment in any lynch film

    • Olivier Bourbonnais

      January 22, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Very good depiction of fear itself.

  13. Eric Christian

    January 22, 2016 at 12:16 am

    The Mystery Man and everything about what he stands for in Lost Highway is terrifying. A manifestation of paranoia.

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