From the FANGORIA Vault: David Lynch’s “BLUE VELVET”


Welcome again, fans of Fango! Just as we ready ourselves to ring in the New Year, we decided to dig up something extra special for you all out of our archive. Luckily, we uncovered some extremely rare stills from the production of David Lynch’s mad opus, BLUE VELVET, as well as a letter to Fangoria’s Editor Emeritus, Tony Timpone!

Largely considered to be one of his best straightforward narrative films, BLUE VELVET was a reinvigorating experience for many involved, especially director David Lynch, who was still recovering from his terrible experience adapting Frank Herbert’s DUNE. The story was much simpler, but proved the deranged mentality that helped make ERASERHEAD so unnerving was still alive, as well as potentially commercially appealing. Even though Lynch would have to wait until TWIN PEAKS before his aesthetics permeated through to mainstream pop culture, BLUE VELVET still earned Lynch his second Oscar nomination for Best Director, and gave a second life to the careers of Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini and Kyle MacLachlan.

As mentioned before, we have a copy of a letter sent to then-Editor-in-Chief Tony Timpone by the production of BLUE VELVET, which also contained one of the authentic prop ears used in the film. Unfortunately, the ear itself has been lost to time, but hopefully, we can still wish you FANGORIA readers a responsible and Happy New Ear!

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Ken W. Hanley
Ken W. Hanley is the Web Content Manager for FANGORIA, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, a graphic novel and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.
  • http://www.myspace.com/megatodd MegaTodd

    This is so damned neat. I remember reading the original articles (in Fango) around the time of the movie’s release. I have a nostalgic fondness for this film, for many reasons, I suppose. I met Dean Jones’ brother (also a m.u.a.) on a movie set a couple years ago and mentioned how fanatical I am concerning “Blue Velvet.” He said they still have a “Frank Booth” fake head and his leather jacket at their haunted attraction in Snow, NC. I need to get out that way and see that stuff and get Dean’s autograph (and maybe an extra ear, if he has one lying around).

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