The bizarre world in which Lynch’s films inhabit is far more unsettling than any horror film. Lynch creates a world that co-exists with our own, but is ultimately far removed from any sense of normalcy. It is Lynch who arguably introduced the idea of a hidden darkness behind the facade of suburban life, exemplified in Blue Velvet: influencing such films as American Beauty and television programmes such as Desperate Housewives. The idea of a hidden darkness is a consistent theme throughout his work: see Twin Peaks for further evidence of this.
Lynch is preoccupied with the idea of fractured identities, especially multiple identities of women: Lynch’s women are complex, elusive and at all times intangible to the viewer. He is capable of coaxing out of his actresses truly wonderful performances: Naomi Watts’s performance in Mulholland Drive for example is one of the finest female lead performances of recent years.
There is no other director quite like David Lynch; he is uniquely capable of creating a very specific and extremely effecting mood within his films. More so, he is highly gifted in his ability to convey this mood to his viewer: a Lynch film is a wonderfully disconcerting experience.