Even though I own just about everything that TCM will throw at us between All Hallows Eve Eve and All Hallows Eve, I still get excited when I see a TV line up that includes the likes of [must-read article about] CURSE OF THE DEMON (1957), FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN (1967), DRACULA AD 1972 (1972), and THE TINGLER (1959), all running back to back and pig-a-back and jumbled up and jivey. This just isn’t what TV looks like anymore, and all of us olds can thrill to a modern day approximation of what so many of our childhood weekends looked like back in the day.
Just when you thought it was safe to go to bed, TCM Underground goes live with a clutch — a clutch, I tells ya — of short films directed by none other than David Lynch, both before his feature film debut with ERASERHEAD (1977) and after his canonization as Hollywood’s Mr. Big Weirdo. They are all remarkable, they are all highly unsettling, and they are all deliciously predictive of his body of work. You will see images here that are the seeds for ones that sprout in ERASERHEAD, THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980), DUNE (1984), BLUE VELVET (1986), WILD AT HEART (1990), his TWIN PEAKS TV series, and that show’s feature film addenda FIRE WALK WITH ME (1992) and beyond. Included in this assortment are the “Dumbland” animated shorts from his personal website.