First of all: hate is a strong word, and none of the films that I do hate do not fully match the rest of today’s critieria, i.e. they weren’t that beloved by both audience and critics. So let’s go with “somewhat disliked” as a substitute.
Blue Velvet seems like an accurate enough pick, considering it’s reputation, 7.8 IMDB score and 91% freshness at Rotten Tomatoes. Granted, it’s been a while since I saw it so my memory is a bit fuzzy, but I recall really not enjoying it. It’s heavy-handed in the way it deals with its theme of the ugly evil that lurks beneath a beautiful surface, it draws scenes out for needlessly long and it feels somewhat exploitative, like it goes steps beyond what it has to in order to make its points. Some of the scenes are shocking for sure, but to what end? The acting is the strong point of the film, with the powerhouse of Dennis Hopper and the brave Isabella Rossellini as the obvious stand-outs. But that’s not enough to make me like it. Maybe a rewatch would make me appreciate it more as my tastes surely have evolved since the first time, but it’s not a revisit I’m eager to make.
Gotta love the song, though.