David Lynch’s daughter reeeally likes torture

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08.03.12 20 Comments

Back in 1993, David Lynch’s daughter, Jennifer Chambers Lynch, wrote and directed a film called Boxing Helena, which Wikipedia describes thusly:

Nick Cavanaugh is a lonely Atlanta surgeon obsessed with a woman named Helena. After she is injured in a grievous hit-and-run motor vehicle accident in front of his home, he kidnaps and treats her in his house surreptitiously, amputating both of her legs. Later, he amputates her healthy arms as well. Though Helena is the victim of Nick’s kidnapping and mutilation, she dominates the dialogue with her constant emasculating ridicule of him for all of his shortcomings. After some time living together she becomes lonely and returns his affection.

Yipes. And to think, with that title, I thought it’d be about something light, like punching a woman. Well guess what her new movie is about! I’ll give you a hint, it’s called “Chained.”

When he was 9 years old, Tim and his mother were abducted by taxi-driving serial killer Bob (an intensely disturbing performance by Vincent D’Onofrio). Tim’s mother was murdered. Tim was kept as a chained slave, forced to bury the bodies of young women Bob drags home and keep scrapbooks of the crimes. Now a teenager, Tim (Eamon Farren) and Bob share a depraved father/son/protege relationship.

But who will ultimately sever the bond between ‘family’ and unimaginable horror? Jake Weber (“Medium”), Evan Bird (“The Killing”) and Julia Ormond (THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, “Mad Men”) co-star in what critics are calling one of the most controversial and uncompromising thrillers of our time.

Opens August 5th, 2012.

August 5th?! But Mother’s Day isn’t until May! Seems like a missed opportunity, if you ask me.

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