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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.

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Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me

Have you seen the Twin Peaks TV series or film? What did you think of them?

3 thoughts on “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)

  1. Twin Peaks is a favourite of mine though I’ve always felt that the tv show should have have just ended when we find out who killed Laura Palmer as it loses much of it’s compelling nature after that. It kills me to say that as the episodes before that are some of my fav in television.

    I like fire walk with me though as it explores those last days before the show starts which is really interesting.

    • I agree, the TV show was fantastic up until the killer is revealed, then it just went off the rails. If only the production company hadn’t pressured Lynch to reveal the killer earlier than planned, we may have had two great seasons. Also – would have been far better if Audrey was Cooper’s love interest opposed to Annie

  2. Great write-up Hannah! 🙂 Definitely one of my all-time fave Lynch films (the others being Lost Highway and The Elephant Man).

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