PUFF-TOBER-WEEN: Day 3: MULHOLLAND DRIVE


Day 3

MULHOLLAND DRIVE

Out of all of David Lynch’s frightening moments, it is the diner scene in Mulholland Drive that really does it for me. Again, the premise is so simple it’s amazing it works at all, especially when you consider that the scene is shot in the day. It’s Lynch’s grasp of pacing that makes the scene’s suspense work. But there is also something strangely familiar about it as well, as if Lynch had removed a nightmare template from our collective consciousness and brought it to life. The scene is so effective that the pop-up scare at the end feels unnecessary. We’ve all been here before, and we all know what’s waiting for us at the end:

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About Christian A. Dumais

Christian A. Dumais is an American writer, humorist and public speaker living in Wrocław, Poland. He has published fiction, journalism, and academic articles in several magazines and journals such as GUD, Shock Totem and Ha!Art. His first collection of short stories, Empty Rooms Lonely Countries, was published in 2009. He also created, edited, and contributed to Cover Stories, a euphictional anthology of 100 stories inspired by songs, which was published in 2010. His most recent book is SMASHED: The Life and Tweets of Drunk Hulk.

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