The film prequel to the TV series “Twin Peaks” is the Midnight Madness film this week at the Main Art.
While David Lynch’s TV series investigated the murder of Laura Palmer, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” details the final week of Laura Palmer’s life. The film starts off with two FBI agents investigating a murder of a different girl in nearby Deer Meadow. Teresa Banks has been murdered, and when her body is found, it is in the water, wrapped in plastic, with a tiny scrap of paper, with a single typewritten letter T on it, tucked underneath her fingernail. One of the agents suddenly disappears, and the film then descends into a hellish nightmare that is Laura’s life for one week before she dies.
Sheryl Lee plays the doomed beauty. Her best friend Donna Hayward was played by Lara Flynn Boyle in the series; here she is played by Moira Kelly. The film also stars Kyle MacLachlan (reprising his role from the TV series as Agent Cooper), Chris Isaak, Kiefer Sutherland, David Bowie, Ray Wise, and Harry Dean Stanton.
The series was immensely popular in the beginning, but when Laura Palmer’s murder was solved in the second season its popularity quickly waned. The film was a box office bust. It was even booed at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival, and Lynch even suffered through jeering at a Cannes press conference. It did, however, receive praise for Angelo Badalamenti’s haunting soundtrack, which won a Saturn Award, a Brit Award, and an Independent Spirit Award.
Lynch described the film to German magazine “Cinema” after its premiere as “my cherry-pie present to the fans of the show – however, one that’s wrapped in barbed wire.”
Show times are Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3 at midnight. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased at the box office or at the theatre’s website.