A cab driver called Bob picks up women and takes them to his house where he kills them.
On this one day he picks up a woman and her 9 year old son Tim. Bob then makes Tim live in the house with him all while he keeps killing women.
Tim grows up there, watching, seeing all that happens.
Bob wants to make him his protégé. Will Tim carry on the legacy....
You will know after five minutes o watching this movie, whether its for you or not. From the upstart, Lynch gives the film an unsettling feeling, even when Weber drops off his wife and son to the movies.
From the moment D'onofrio is introduced properly, the movie grips you and doesn't let go until the beginning of the very last act.
Even though Bob is sadistic and evil, he, strangely enough, is one of the most human characters in the film. At the beginning of the ordeal, he's autonomous, speaking in a maundering tone, but when we flash forward to Rabbit looking like a gaunt Cullen, Bob too has changed, and has become more tolerant toward Rabbit, and too, the audience.
You soon forget that Rabbit has been though such a terrible ordeal, and you begin to see them as Father and Son, and this makes the film more interesting and more intense, because then when Bob flips, you are bought back to the films story, rather than the narrative, which is a genius move by Lynch.
The script though, could have done with a little polish, because if it hadn't had included one line of dialogue said by Bob, the ending wouldn't have been so blatantly obvious from there on.
But that's my only gripe, otherwise, its a solid study into the ale psyche and how abuse can affect one in different ways.
D'onofrio is brilliant, and the rest of the cast are great.
Well worth seeing.