David Lynch has been popular culture’s friendly uncle of weird for so long his name has become easy shorthand for it. Amongst all the finger clicking and black coffee and snakeskin jackets, though, it’s easy to forget that the best of Lynch is flat-out white-knuckle please-let-it-stop nightmare fodder. Few filmmakers can generate fear as effectively, and this double during the Astor Theatre’s Lynch Retrospective highlights two of his best.
The bizarre noir Lost Highway (1997) is rightly regarded as a career highlight by many, but Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) is unfairly dismissed. It was even booed at its Cannes premiere! Stripping away the often zany soap opera veneer of Lynch’s cult TV show, Fire Walk With Me shows the true horror sitting underneath.