Cinema’s Darkest Suburbs: 50 Films That Venture Beyond the Picket Fence

David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, about a young man who gets caught up in a surreal mystery when he returns to his small hometown, turns 30 this year, and New York’s Film Forum is screening a newly restored print of Lynch’s bloody picket-fence masterpiece through March 31. The filmmaker has a unique ability to capture the uncanny side of life in the suburbs, as he also demonstrated in his 1990’s TV series Twin Peaks. Inspired by Lynch’s vision of dark suburbia, we present 50 other films that prove tree-lined streets and cookie-cutter houses often hide something more sinister.