Welcome to a special, epic two-part magnum opus where we look at the bookended films that encapsulated the ‘Twin Peaks’ phenomenon of the early 1990s, beginning with the two-hour pilot episode and concluding with the oft-maligned theaterical release ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.’
Film: Twin Peaks (Pilot) (1990) and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
Rated: (Fire Walk with Me) R
Directed by: David Lynch Written by: David Lynch and Mark Frost
Starring: Kyle MacLachlin as Special Agent Dale Cooper Michael Ontkean as Sheriff Harry S. Truman Dana Ashbrook as Bobby Briggs Lara Flynn Boyle as Donna Hayward (played by Moira Kelly in FWWM) Madchen Amick as Shelly Johnson Sheryl Lee as Laura Palmer/Madeline Ferguson Ray Wise as LeLand Palmer
Pre-screeening memories: Growing up I was exposed to many different kinds of films. You see, I had a brother who was 14 years older than me, so naturally I’d pick up on a few things most 10-year-olds didn’t.
While the kids at school were telling me how great Home Alone was, I was raving about Barton Fink. My God, I was pretentious even back then?
As a kid I remember my brother being obsessed with this show because someone named David Lynch was at the helm. (Having grown up and seen most of Lynch’s work I now know why.) Every week, my brother would put on the TV and watch another episode of this odd show about the murder of someone named Laura Palmer.
To be honest, I really didn’t remember much from this show, other than this…
…which made me, at the time, very scared of couches (my brother would often recreate this scene in our living room, throughly freaking me out).
The other thing I remembered quite vividly was Cooper’s dream…
…which also frightened me immensely.
Was Joe still having horrific nighmares of The Log Lady, Bob, Laura Palmer, dopplegangers and the Little Person who was actually a disembodied left arm (yes, it’s all as strange as it sounds) ? You can find out about he pilot episode of Twin Peaks here (or listen below),
as Joe and Rob talk about the pilot and the subsequent mania that was Twin Peaks. Then head over to: