Set in a small American town, David Lynch's 1986 neo-noir cult classic Blue Velvet is a dark, sensuous mystery involving the intertwining lives of four-very different individuals: Jeffrey, the naive college student with a penchant for mysteries; Dorothy, the haunting cabaret singer with a dark and deadly secret; Sandy, the detective's daughter who embodies the innocence in all of us; and Frank, the psychotic killer fueled by his own sexual fantasies. The film's painful realism reminds us that we are not immune to the disturbing events which transpire in Blue Velvet's sleepy community.
Propelling that dark undercurrent in the film is the haunting original motion picture soundtrack by composer Angelo Badalamenti. The first of many collaborations between Lynch and Badalamenti, Blue Velvet's evocative score is juxtaposed with the director's use of vintage pop tunes such as Bobby Vinton's "Blue Velvet" and Roy Orbison's "In Dreams" creating an unsettling effect that complements the movie to great effect. Lynch told Badalamenti he wanted the film's score to sound, "...like Shostakovich, be very Russian, but make it the most beautiful thing but make it dark and a little bit scary."