Lumberton, N.C., takes on mythic proportions as the setting for David Lynch's visionary (and oddball) murder mystery, "Blue Velvet"--but will the film ever play in the real Lumberton?
"I don't think the people in Lumberton are going to like it too much," drawled Jack Durell, a film buyer for Eastern Federal Corp., which own's Lumberton's Town and Country Cinema. "Have you seen it? That film is weird. Lumberton's an awfully small town (pop. 20,000)--that film would not appeal to our normal viewer. It's a cowboy town."
Lynch's Lumberton is a seemingly all-American logging town that knows "how much wood a woodchuck chucks"--but not how much evil lurks.
Durell's Lumberton has no logging--"strictly tobacco"--and Lynch got the citizenry all wrong: "I've been to Lumberton and I never saw nobody like the people he has in his picture. I haven't even seen people that weird in New York!"