My first introduction to the world of Twin Peaks was through Mark Kermode’s Uncut Blog.
I trust Kermode’s opinion, I love David Lynch films, so I thought, why not give it a go.
This movie blew my mind. It was like a perfect storm of all things I love coming together in a film. Surrealism, kitsch and David Bowie. As soon as I had finished watching it, I wanted to watch it again. I knew there was so much that I had probably missed. I wanted to watch the TV series, so I rented it, and listened to the Twin Peaks Podcast episode by episode.
The plot of the film is split into two distinct parts. Firstly, FBI Agent Chester Desmond (Chris Issak) and his partner Sam Stanley (Keither Sutherland) investigate the murder of Theresa Banks in the town of Deer Meadow, which is a kind of anti-Twin Peaks. Desmond goes missing, David Bowie shows up as long lost Agent Phillip Jeffries, and Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) investigates. Secondly, we see the last days of Laura Palmer. The identity of Bob is revealed, and we see the seedy underbelly of Twin Peaks.
The film is much darker than the TV series. There is significantly less Dale Cooper, because Kyle MacLachlan was wary of being typecast as Cooper. Many characters from the TV series do not feature in the film, but the story of Laura Palmer is told in gory detail.
If you haven’t already seen this fantastic horror film, I highly recommend it. You don’t need to see, or be familiar with, the TV series, the film has the strength to stand alone.
Have you seen the Twin Peaks TV series or film? What did you think of them?