(1977, David Lynch)
A man in a hellish, otherworldly city is thrust into a horrific nightmare when his girlfriend gives birth to a deformed baby. David Lynch’s visionary debut feature was trashed by critics, but soon became a smash in the midnight movie circuit. Our guest presenter, artist Neil Goldberg, adores it: “From the first time I saw it, I felt like it was articulating some of the central obsessions of my life and art, principally the fascination and horror of embodiment. I know Lynch is a big old straight guy, but for me the film is powerfully queer in the way it positions itself ‘against nature’ and repudiates marriage and procreation.” Essential viewing for Lynch fans and newbies alike.
Screened: June 13, 2016