Twin Peaks: The Return

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Turns out I’m a little more in love with Twin peaks than I thought, I’ve been beyond ridiculously excited about the return on the new series that I went out and a now TV subscription especially so I wouldn’t miss out. I was also slightly anxious that it wouldn’t live up to the old series but the plot line was well guarded up to the premiere and so didn’t know what to expect. We had a few friends over to watch the first episode which was a double parter and suffice to say we were all left feeling in equal parts a little perplexed, terrified and excited for more!

So if you haven’t yet seen the series you might want to click out of this now as there will be some spoilers as I give a brief break down/main highlights of the first two episodes . Sky Atlantic released episodes 3 and 4 directly after parts 1 and 2 finished airing. I wasn’t committed enough to stay up till 2am for the premiere just enough to buy a new TV sub so I can watch. I’d liked to write more about music and media, so I guess a good way to start is with the stuff I like. Remember these are just opinions and speculations and I’m not here to tell people what’s what, you can make your own mind up about stuff but I’m always happy to trade theories and discuss stuff.

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So What’s New?

The series starts with a flashback to the Red Room in the Black Lodge where Laura tells cooper she will see him in 25 years. A lot can happen in 25 years and rather than fill in a back story we skip to present day, for all we know this could be filled in as the series goes along. The first episode in spread across three states, New York where a Sam is left with the task of recording and observing an empty glass box, Brunswick, South Dakota where a bizarre murder happens and the principle of a high school is charged with the murder and Twin Peaks where we are shown some of the original and some new characters and how things have but haven’t really moved on. There’s a mention of Sheriff Truman but he seems absent at this point and deputy chief Hawk appears to be in charge, actually it seems that there are two which is a bit baffling but I guess we’ll have to wait and see. There is also Lucy and Andy who we learn called their son Wally, the Horne brothers and Dr Jacoby are also still in Twin Peaks. There is also the introduction of a very scary entity, also what is Tracy’s motive to get into the secret recording room in NY?

Evil Cooper

I was always under the impression that Agent Cooper left the Black Lodge and was possessed by Bob, turns out Agent Cooper is still in the Black Lodge and his doppelgänger Evil Cooper as we’ll call him is out there doing bad things. However we do learn that he has Agent Cooper’s ability to shoot dead on target through the eyes, is this significant, we’ll have to wait and see, we also learn he’s due to go back to the Black Lodge and doesn’t want to. Agent Cooper cannot leave until his doppelgänger returns. Evil Cooper is also a little cliche, though he doesn’t appear to be possessed by Bob and clearly in control of when he kills.

The Red Room

The Red Room in the black lodge is still pretty much the same except there is a weird talking brain tree which is supposed to be an evolved arm!!!  I’m still trying to figure out the tree but there has been some likening to Eraserhead but I’ve not seen that! The tree tells Cooper that he can now leave the lodge. There is also Laura, Leland and the one-armed man named Mike  and Agent Cooper all looking older, so we know time does exist in the Black Lodge but they all still talk in the signature backwards/forwards dialect and all move as in if reverse, except Cooper that it is.

Agent Cooper gets to leave the Black Lodge not before going on a whirlwind tour via the glass box in NY right before the scary entity incident! Did some thing else escape for the Black Lodge and follow Agent Cooper out?

The Roadhouse

The double parter ends up back in Roadhouse where we are introduced to some old and new characters. Shelly is back and we learn she has a daughter called Becky, James is back along with some guy wearing one green glove, and apparently had a motorcycle accident! Oh and the bar man looks oddly familiar, where I immediately yelled was Jacques but turns out to be another Renault relative! Also spied Balthazar Getty another alumni from the Lynchian Academy of Twisted Art in Lost Highway, so the cast is shaping up to be a pretty good one but that has always been one of Lynch’s strong points, he just seems to know who is right for each role.

Returning Characters

The Log Lady also returns, her log providing messages to Hawk to try to find cooper who they all believe just disappeared after he returned from the Black Lodge. Catherine E.  Coulson passed away in Sept 2015 from Cancer, I won’t lie I got  little choked up seeing her screen, she was such a significant character in the first two series. The relationship between her and Hawk was touching to watch, there is respect there and understanding, the goodnights exchanged between them are almost heartbreaking. We know from the cast list there will be more characters returning, I expect to be also a bit teary eyed when Albert Rosenfield appears. Miguel Ferrer passed away this year from throat cancer but managed to complete his scenes even though he was ill.

The Vibe

The opening episodes were very intense, maybe that was because I had no idea what to expect, it was definitely very Lynch that for sure. I admit the effect were not wholly great but they the budget was probably blown on the cast alone! The series has an impressive cast and we spent most of the first two episodes trying to figure who was who and we’re we had seen them before.

There is very little music in these episodes except when in the forest and right at the end in the Roadhouse where we are introduced to the new house band played by the Chromatics, very similar in look to the old house band but a lot younger and a lot hipper, the roadhouse also seems to have gained some popularity.

In place of the music there is the use of infrasound and low level frequency noise that is used to in horror films to induce anxiety and a fear during performances, it works! There were a lot of questions that still need to be answered but my first impressions are good ones. I’m left wanting to watch more, my attention has been held and I’m curious to find out where this is going, I want to know how these stories lines interconnect and who is this billionaire in NY filming the glass box, are they looking for the existence of white or black lodge? Why Brunswick, South Dakota and the could be framing of a high school principle for a quite bizarre murder. Who is the entity in the glass box? Is it Laura? I mean she did remove her face and was glowing on the inside!

Theories

I’ve already had a look at the forums and there are some good theories out there, some people have obviously studied this way harder than I and I haven’t even got round to finishing the secrets of twin peaks book yet, so maybe this will help fill in some gaps.

It has been said that if you try and decode anything by Lynch then your missing the point but I don’t think that applies to Twin peaks and that half the fun is trying to work out the mysteries. So did you watch the new series? If so let me know what you think and your theories if you have any.

I’m not sure if this will be a regular series but I will be returning with episodes 2 & 3 as soon as I’ve watched them.

Also here is a list of all the ways to watch Twin Peaks around the world!

Photo credit: Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

 

Twin Peaks Reissues

You know by know how much I love Twin Peaks and am very excited for the new series to the point I’m considering getting a another streaming subscription just so I can watch it on Sky Atlantic when it starts in May. Too much you say? Probably but I don’t care, plus I’d have to do some serious muting on social media to hide spoilers, plus its Twin Peaks!

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Anyway back to the point of this post which is the Vinyl reissues of Twin Peaks original score  for the series and for  Fire Walk With Me.

The original score was released last year by Death Waltz records, actually they reissued both and both come in the same style jacket with die cut out front, so you have to be careful when re-inserting the sleeve.

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The inner sleeve is a gatefold with director approved art artwork and sleeve notes By Angelo Badalamenti.

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Vinyl was re-mastered by Tal Miller and is pressed on 180G damn fine coffee colour vinyl and you know I’m a sucker for coloured vinyl. I’m not an expert on these things but it’s a pretty good pressing.

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So naturally when they released Fire Walk With Me on cherry pie vinyl I was all over that because you need pie to go with your coffee.

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This version comes with a bespoke black die cut sleeve.

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Pressed on 180g cherry pie vinyl with a composer approved audio.

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The inner gatefold sleeves again comes with director approved artwork and also sleeve notes By film critic Mark Kermode

I was a little bit annoyed with whoever packed this as it was not done with the greatest of care and gatefold sleeve was crushed in the corners and one of the inner sleeves was split but the vinyl itself was fine so I guess I can put up with a few dings in the casing., maybe I’m just being precious or snobby.

If you’re a TP or Badalamenti fan then these are most definitely for you, though I’m assuming you already have them. They are still available to purchase from various outlets, mainly directly from Death Waltz Records.

Like I said before these aren’t really reviews, if you’re a collector or fan, you already know what you like and I doubt little old me is going to convince you otherwise but these are good pressings and I think good value for money!

I’m currently winging my way through a bunch of purchases I made recently as I build up my collection, I hope to get a little better with these write ups.

 

Day 5 – Happy Halloween

Hello and Happy Halloween and welcome to the final instalment of this series.
There are a few more in this one because if I had thought of this sooner I could have done a few more days but there are plenty of lists out there including the classics such as The Wicker Man, The Exorcist etc, and I think it’s pretty well know how much I love The Addams Family, so here is today’s list in no particular order of preference but are favourites of mine.

American Mary
This film didn’t receive great reviews but this offering from The Soska sisters is actually better than you think, it’s not an action gore fest, it’s a slow burner. It may be a little rushed in places but this isn’t your average revenge thriller but it ‘s totally a badass feminist revenge thriller.

Feast
This was one of those random films you pick out just because who is starring in it and then it totally flips you by being hilariously funny, breaks all the rules of horror movies and no is safe from monsters who are not only hungry but extremely horny! To be fair though all the characters are despicable so it just guessing who goes first! There are sequels but I’ve not seen them.

Severance

I’ve always been against work bonding away days and this film didn’t help to dispel that fear! It’s gory but also quite hilarious and stars Danny Dyer basically as himself!


Midnight Meat Train

Based on a short story by Clive Barker.Bradley Cooper plays a photographer trying to capture the darker side of the city and stumbles across a serial killer preying on late night commuters on a train, who he then becomes obsessed with. Totally love this movie
Mad Monster Party
Technically not a horror film but a stop motion animation about all the monsters getting together for a shindig.I guess this is one you can watch with the kids!

Repo The Genetic Opera
Totally underrated opera about the organ repossession business.

Event Horizon

A film about why you shouldn’t mess with laws physics and space, and that shortcuts are not always the best choice!

He Never Died 
Fallen angel spends his days playing bingo and seemingly comfortable with being a social outcast until his daughter turns up and everything starts to go wrong. This one indie movie to checkout, it’s a slow burner but I think this is Henry Rollins’ best role to date.

Cabin In The Woods

I didn’t think this film would be as fun and enjoyable as it was but this is one of those that falls into the comedy genre. Apparently it nearly went straight to DVD but on the back of the success of Thor it got cinematic release. If you like this then you’ll probably also like Tucker and Dale V.s Evil too.

My Little Eye
I originally didn’t like this film but was impressed with there use of Peaches on the soundtrack but on subsequent viewing it turns out the reason I didn’t like it was because it made feel really uncomfortable and that’s the whole point right? This film delves into the dark side of the net where a group of young people join a big brother style house to get famous but the people who are watching are the people they think are watching.
Lady Vengeance
Part of the Park Chan-Wook’s Vengeance Trilogy, Lady Vengeance tells the story of  Lee Geum-ja who has spent the last 13 Years in jail wrongly convicted of murder. There she dreams about getting vengeance on all the people who have wronged her and clear her name. I havent yet seen the first instalment of this trilogy but I much preferred it to Oldboy. Hopefully one day I’ll get round to watching Sympathy For Me Vengeance to complete the set.
One Missed Call
I’m talking the original Japanese version here, not the remake. My love of Japanese horror means I refuse to watch the remakes, if that makes me a snob then so be it but the Japanese are good at telling a ghost story and just think remakes are lazy. If you enjoyed Ringu and Ju:On then you’ll like this and Dark Water too.

Pan’s Labyrinth
I love this film so much I saw it twice at the cinema and it takes a lot for a film to make me do that. Set during the brutal Spanish fascist regime, tells the story of Ofelia who meats a Faun who tells her she’s a lost princess. The story flits between the horror of the was and the fantasy of her trying to find her way back to the kingdom. This is not light watching, there is one scene that made people walk out the cinema and the ending had me in tears, whilst is also a rare feat for a movie! It’s also a film that can be interpreted in many ways. I also recommend The Devil’s Backbone.
I could probably go on, there are so many good horror genres out there, the thing is not to stick to just to Hollywood, I’ve found both Spanish and Korean horror to be excellent, I think Hollywood treats people dumb by thinking they can’t be bothered to sit through subtitles. Have a dig around, there are so many out there!
Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed my little sidetrack into movies over the Halloween weekend and normal service will resume (hopefully) on Wednesday with an outfit post!

Day 4 – Back from The Dead

So this could either cover vampires or zombies as they both come back from the dead but we’ve already covered vampires but to be honest I’m not that big a zombie fan.
I’m keeping today’s post short and sweet because tomorrow’s finale is a bit of a long one!

The Crow
After being slung out a window, Eric Draven returns to avenge the his and his fiancée’s murder.This film is probably more famous because Lee died on set after a tragic accident and the film had to be completed with stand ins and special effects. It came to my attention this week through an extremely disreptful headline that Michael Massee, who played Funboy and was given the ill prepared prop that ending being the cause of Lee’s death had passed away this week. It was what it was a tragic accident and all the press could do was use it to their advantage and this made me angry and sad in equal measure. Massee was a talented actor and should not be remembered for an accident that was not his fault. But I remember seeing this film in the cinema and looking past this controversy and totally falling in love with it so much that I became obsessed with the graphic novels, books etc. There are sequels but none of the unfortunately stand up to the first.

I hope both Massee and Lee are resting in peace.

Shaun of The Dead
Possible the only entrant under rom zom com genre (romantic zombie comedy) but this is a pretty funny movie. It also ensured that when moving house we located a good pub not far from where we lived so we could hole up in case of a zombie outbreak!

Jennifer’s Body

So after a ritual sacrifice goes wrong because she lied about being a virgin, Jennifer is possessed by a demon with an insatiable appetite for human flesh. It didn’t get rave reviews but it’s watchable.
Flatliners

Five medical students experiment with death and their pasts come back to haunt them, literally.Apparently there is going to be a remake added to a long list of remakes because apparently no one’;s heard of renting out or buying the originals!
Beetlejuice

I can’t believe I nearly forgot this one, the one film I never get bored of watching over and over again and is possibly the best film ever. I kinda squeezed this in on the grounds that Otho semi successfully brings them back from the dead at one point. It’s true, I will always find the loophole!
 And although I identified with Lydia as a teen
 In reality I probably grew up to be Delia!
Also this makes the best Halloween costume ever!

Tune into tomorrow for the last instalment of my little horror movie fest, where I’ll be sharing the rest of my favourite movies, where I gave up trying to keep it brief because there were too many to choose from!

Day 3 – Hide and Seek

I’ve never been overly impressed or scared by movies that rely on blood and guts to shock you. I prefer suspense, creepiness and things that make me jump rather than gross me out. As a kid I way preferred reading horror novels than watching them because I think my overactive imagination scared me more. Also I never liked watching horror movies when I was younger because my aunt let me watch Thriller at too young an age and I became scared of the dark, something my mum has probably still not forgiven her for. Obviously I’m over that now and actually need complete darkness to sleep.
Today’s list is a little shorter but I was working on borrowed time thanks to my last minute decision making but we’re going into the classics territory here.

Alien and Aliens

 Aliens was he first of this franchise I watched, I didn’t get to enjoy just how awesome Alien was until after I’d recovered from watching this one, turns out my dad was wrong and I wasn’t old enough to watch Aliens and was convinced for ages there was facehuggers under my bed!
I think there’s this argument that’s it’s Sci Fi because it’s set in space and it involves an alien but I personally feel that this is a horror movie that happens to be set in space. 

Apparently either you like Alien 3 or you don’t, I liked it but the director’s cut which basically gives away the twist within the first five minutes of the movie!

No one talks about Alien Resurrection, I think it was style over substance, it could have been much better had they swapped the whole alien baby hybrid thing at the end for something else! I kinda watched it more the cast but the underwater scene is pretty cool.
Prometheus on the other I have no idea what the fuck that was all about! All I know is that it felt about a million times longer than it actually was.

The Shining
Johnny’s peekaboo scene after hacking the door down is probably one of the most iconic movie moments ever. Though I think wants more scary is the lengths Kubrick went to drive poor  Shelley Duval to breaking point just to get the perfect shot. Turns Kubrick was a real arsehole!
Duval is what made this film for me, I was emotionally drained after this movie, he really puts her through the ringer!
But on a sartorial note I really want this jacket! Maybe I should start a series of clothes I want from movies!

John Carpenter’s The Thing and The Thing

Okay using a bit of poetic license here but the monster/alien whatever is basically playing hide and seek within the people and actually playing a major coup and hiding in plain sight! Who is real and who is the monster  mimicking? The 2011 follow up which shows the other side of the story from the other camp is also pretty good.

Also if you’ve never seen Thingu which is basically Pingu’s The Thing , then you’re really missing out! Hop on over to watch it here.

Join me tomorrow for the penultimate day in my little movie horrorfest where I pick my back from the dead movies and not just zombies!

But remember I want to hear about your favourite movies too.