Blue Velvet explores the themes of sexual abuse and the effect it has upon the victim. The way its filmed and edited only enhances the uneasiness felt by the viewer. Jamie Russell argues, "What makes "Blue Velvet" so special, though, is the way in which Lynch turns this simple set-up into a psychosexual drama that would make even Freud shake his head in disbelief. Jeffrey and Sandy are babes in the woods who stumble into the very adult world of nightclub singer Dorothy (Rossellini) and her torturer-lover Frank (Hopper) - the big bad wolf in this Grimm fairy tale. What they witness is something that their mom and apple pie family life has never prepared them for - S/M, kidnapping, murder, and various sexual perversions." (Russell 2001) Russell states beautifully the uncanny element of false and true reality. The ending of the film can be seen as a let down, as a somewhat perfect, happy ending - yet what Lynch has done is turn this 'happy ending on its head'. As at the start is appears as blissful yet under the surface the audience knows what is festering, hence this ending is as ambiguous as it was at the start.
List of illustrations
Figure 1. Lynch, David (1986) Blue Velvet Movie Poster. At: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bvmovieposter.jpg (Accessed on:13/1/12)
Figure 2. Lynch, David (1986) Frank's sexual agression towards Dorothy. At: http://www.onlygoodmovies.com/blog/good-movies/david-lynch-movies/ (Accessed on:13/1/12)
Figure 3. Lynch, David (1986) Dorothy and Jeffory's violent interations. At: http://filmadventhrough.blogspot.com/2011/02/blue-velvet-lynch-1986.html (Accessed on:13/1/12)
Empire Magazine (2006) Blue Velet. At: http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/ReviewComplete.asp?FID=16486 (Accessed on:13/1/12)
BBC Jamie Russell (2001) Blue Velvet (1986). At: http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2001/12/05/blue_velvet_1986_review.shtml (Accessed on:13/1/12)
Roger Ebert (1986) Blue Velvet. At: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19860919/REVIEWS/609190301 (Accessed on13/1/12)