Twin Peaks: David Lynch returns to the project
David Lynch is back on board of the Twin Peaks reboot some weeks after he announced his withdrawal from the show. It’s a big relief for Twin Peaks fans who didn’t think it could be done without having both David Lynch and Mark Frost on board.
Lynch’ unique cinematic style and vision are believed by many to be essential elements in the creation of the wonderful and strange TV show. Twin Peaks is consistent with Lynch’ work as a whole. Its unsettling tone, its campy, melodramatic portrayal of quirky characters engaged in morally dubious activities reflects a bizarrely comical parody of American soap operas.
Twin Peaks: Produced by David Lynch & Mark Frost
Twin Peaks is part horror, part neo-noir, part comedy, part melodrama and part soap. When it debuted in 1990, Twin Peaks was like nothing else that had ever aired on television.
David Lynch and Mark Frost had created an eerie story of an FBI agent, who comes to the town of Twin Peaks to investigate the murder of a high school girl named Laura Palmer.
The murder mystery was only the entry point into a bizarre world featuring a one-armed man, a dancing dwarf and a malevolent spirit named BOB hiding behind Laura Palmer’s bed. Twin Peaks became a huge hit.
It remains one of the most influential shows in television history, with its involvement of a noted movie director, its willingness to take audiences to far-out places. In many ways, it was far ahead of its time.
Early works of David Lynch – Twin Peaks influence
Fans often speak about scenes being “Lynchian” when referring to David Lynch’ surrealist, neo-noir style that magically captures the spirit of America itself.
Much of Twin Peaks’ symbolism and themes can be found in David Lynch’ early works.
Eraserhead is a surrealist body horror film written and directed by David Lynch. Shot in black-and-white, Eraserhead is Lynch’s first feature-length film, coming after several short movies.
Eraserhead has in common with Twin Peaks its surrealist imagery, sexual undercurrents and intricate sound design.
Eraserhead marked Lynch’ first collaboration with Jack Nance, an actor who would later play Pete Martell in Twin Peaks. Charlotte Stewart who plays Mary in Eraserhead is Betty Briggs in Twin Peaks.
The Elephant Man (1980)
The Elephant Man’s plot is carried by the lead character’s dreams. Just like Twin Peaks this movie shows characters engaged in morally dubious activities.
Kyle Maclachlan (Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks) is casted as the lead. The film also stars Everett McGill who later played Ed Hurley in Twin Peaks.
Blue Velvet (1986)
Blue Velvet revolves around a college student named Jeffrey Beaumont (played by Kyle Maclachlan, Agent Cooper in Twin Peaks) who finds a cut off ear in a field. While investigating where the ear came from, Jeffrey seems to combine characteristics of both a detective and a pervert.
Blue Velvet plays in a town called Lumberton, which is just like Twin Peaks a logging town. Behind the picket fence and the roses in the opening shot, lie the dark secrets of this at first sight lovely town.
Dennis Hopper plays the evil Frank who bears many similarities with BOB in Twin Peaks. Jack Nance (Pete Martell in Twin Peaks) plays an accomplice of Frank.
Wild at heart (1990)
Three Twin Peaks actors star in David Lynch’ Wild at heart. Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne in Twin Peaks) plays a girl who can’t find her wallet after a severe car accident. Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer in Twin Peaks) plays the good witch. Jack Nance (Pete Martell in Twin Peaks) does a cameo.
Fire plays an important part in Wild at heart, just like it did in Twin Peaks.
Unique cinematic style of David Lynch essential for Twin Peaks 2016
“I was not so sure about the dwarf” says Mark Frost in an interview. While filming Twin Peaks David Lynch did not always follow the script. David Lynch likes to add scenes that don’t have any context.
Under David Lynch’ guidance things that happened by accident found their way into the Twin Peaks story. Frank Silva (BOB) was a set designer. At one point during shooting in Laura Palmer’s bed room David Lynch thought he’d look great being trapped behind Laura Palmer’s bed. When a reflection of Frank Silva in a mirror was later captured, Lynch decided to keep it in the series and Frank was given the role of BOB.
We’re not sure where Twin Peaks’ season 3 will lead us but we have a slight feeling it could be a place both wonderful & strange.