A Brief Look Into the Underrated Prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, put simply, is David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks Best Moments Compilation: Prequel Edition.” Lynch combines the most “of the heart” modules that made the show’s first season thrive and his psychological horror units to amplify the film’s undeniably maddening and frenzied tendencies. For fans, it’s a pivotal insight into some dire facets involving the unfading icon of a character, Laura Palmer. For others…umm…

Is it abundantly possible that I have a slight bias towards the intimacy that I have pledged towards this film? Yes. Theoretically, if I had never seen Twin Peaks, I think I would’ve just been galvanized by the sheer lunacy of Lynch’s monster despite being treated by feasible amounts of perplexity and irritation. If I had to guess, I would’ve perhaps had given it a 3 to a 3.5/5. But guess who’s a Twin Peaks fanboy? This guy. So, knowing the context of the show, my experience with Fire Walk with Me ended up becoming levels beyond remarkable. Watching this essence is like watching the closing pieces of a puzzle mesh together. It’s quite fulfilling.

I think it’s often overlooked by the majority consensus on how good Sheryl Lee is in this. If people didn’t perceive this movie as a prequel—and if critics obviously didn’t completely s*** on this film during its initial release—and started viewing it as this emotional drama about this vandalized, teenaged girl dealing with a more than unordinary conflict neighboring her family and friends, then I think she would’ve had a decent shot at being nominated for an Oscar. She carries this movie like wildfire, and the coalition of Lynch at his near finest only makes this spectacle all the merrier. I mean, terrifying.

But like, if you’re not familiar with the first two seasons of Twin Peaks, then…don’t watch this. That is unless you want Twin Peaks Seasons 1-2 spoiled and you’re in the jaws of death to be confused out of your mind for no apparent reason. Get outta here.

Verdict: A- 

Sidenote, but Donna’s replacement is so obvious and distracting. In a world where every actor and actress from the original show can appear in this movie, it just stands out like a sore thumb when one of the characters randomly becomes a whole other human being.


“Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” is now available to rent and buy on YouTube, Google Play, and The Criterion Channel. 

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