By consensus, the creepiest Lynch character is usually seen as a toss up between Frank Booth in Blue Velvet and The Mystery Man in Lost Highway.

These antagonists in David Lynch’s movies play a crucial role in creating the scary mood and highlighting the dark side of the male protagonists.

Frank (played by Denis Hopper) is more present in Blue Velvet and could be conceived as scarier as he is ‘real’ but having just watched Lost Highway for a second time, I can vouch for the fact that Robert Blake’s devilish smile and menacing presence is truly the stuff of nightmares.

The Mystery Man plays a similar ‘now you see him now you don’t’ role to that of The Cowboy in Mulholland Drive and Bob in Twin Peaks. In each of these characters the time on screen is brief yet stay imbedded in your visual memory long after the movie has ended.

The fact that he is in all probability a figment of the imagination in the tortured mind of Fred Madison (Bill Pullman) doesn’t make him any less chilling.  On the contrary, if the dark side of our psyches looks like this we are in deep shit.

This is the most well known scene from the movie:

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