By Russell Lawrence
I started watching Twin Peaks last week. It has changed my life.
(still from Twin Peaks, Season 1, Episode 1, 1990)
If you’ve never heard of Twin Peaks that’s okay. I hadn’t until two years ago. The series is a cult classic that has piqued my interest (hehehe) ever since I heard that the show was renewed for a third season. This is especially bizarre since the show hasn’t been on for over 10 years.
So what makes the show so special to warrant such a special case? First of all, the show is directed by David Lynch, a director infamous for his surrealist and more formalist choices. He’s well known for feature lengths that have gone down in history as some of the strangest films such as Eraserhead, Mulholland Drive, and Blue Velvet (yo check those out too).
His films are terrifying. There’s slow buildup, strong moments of tension that are unparalleled, and some of the most interesting camera work I’ve ever seen. When watching a David Lynch piece there’s almost more suspension of belief that’s necessary, and while the plot isn’t as important there’s more character development.
So Twin Peaks takes all of these features, bundles them up into 40 minute episodes, and creeps me out until I can’t watch any longer. But even then the imagery of Twin Peaks lingers in my mind. From saran wrapped faces to stoplights blowing in the wind, Twin Peaks all at once captivates and terrifies.
(still from Twin Peaks, Season One, Episode One, 1990)
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