The Creepiness That Is Grace Zabriskie

Grace Zabriski, your performances in David Lynch‘s  Inland Empire (2006) and Werner Herzog‘s My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009) frightened the shit out of me!  The maddening reception of unease I get from any one of your many disturbing facial expressions truly awakens my inner scaredycatness, more so than any faceless girl’s crippling emergence from a well, or any family of chainsaw wielding Texas cannibals.

Perhaps ‘frightened’ is not the most appropriate word to describe this present of unease you give me every time I watch these two films.  No, the feeling you give me is closer to how I would feel if ever my grandmother, or mother, were to walk in on me in the bathroom whilst stark naked and mid deuce dropping.

Yet, even more accurate would be if one of these elders were to walk in on me, and rather than close the door, proceed to stand there staring at me; head bobbing slightly from side to side, and face twitching as if it were struggling to free itself from shackled nerve entrapment brought on by decade’s worth of Botox binge injecting.  My eyes would widen and my arms would flail frantically in the air as though I were shooing away some flying picnic pest, and my body would double-over in its best attempt to both cover the crotch region and bury my head directly up my asshole so as to hide from the irreversible awkward encounter.

Yes, Grace Zabriskie, at times – specifically in My Son, My Son and Inland Empire – this is exactly how you make me feel, and it is because of this transcendental emergence from movie scene into my waking – and perhaps, dormant – emotional conscious that I adore you.

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5 Comments on “The Creepiness That Is Grace Zabriskie”

  1. enana
    August 10, 2012 at 4:56 am #

    ….and that is why we have and respect amazing actors. We are totally lost within their creative moments. Great post.

  2. Nora Danielson
    August 10, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    Have you seen her in TV’s “Big Love”? Great role, great show.

  3. Adam Cuttler
    August 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    @Nora: No, I have not seen Big Love, but now that I know she’s in it I just bumped it to the top of my TV shows to watch list, after I finish Breaking Bad and My Name is Earl of course.

  4. hashler
    August 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Grace is the BEST! keep an eye out for Only Child, her new indie film http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/onlychild/only-child-featuring-grace-zabriskie-and-amy-laver?ref=email

  5. Adam Cuttler
    August 10, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    Come to think of it, she’s even sort of creepy in Seinfeld

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