Revisiting the Classics: David Lynch’s DUNE

Being honest about it, I’d never seen this one all the way through. It used to come on Saturday afternoons all the time on our local independent TV station when I was growing up, and I caught it in snippets. I figured, with the new film coming up, I should give it an actual sit-down, to get myself mentally primed. You know what? I liked it. I liked it a lot. I know many fans of the novel hated it and David Lynch has disowned it, but I dig it. Granted I’ve not read the book, so I’m coming in cold, looking at it just as a movie. I’m sure that has a lot to do with it. And even as someone who wasn’t familiar with the storyline ahead of time I could tell that a lot of stuff was truncated or crammed into the narrative, stuff that needed more development. But give Lynch credit. He took a story that should have taken two movies, if not three, to tell and told it in a single film. That’s no easy feat.

I wasn’t familiar with Baron Harkonnen’s vampiric tendencies beforehand, either. That sequence wasn’t one of the ones I’d watched previously. I wish Lynch had played that up more. I wasn’t familiar with his incesty homosexual leering, either. I don’t know if either of those attributes were his in the novel, but they worked for such a creepy cinematic heel.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless. Denn die totden reiten schnell!

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