The prequel to David Lynch and Mark Frost's famous but short-lived TV series, this 1992 feature deals with the events leading up to the murder of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) in a Pacific northwest town that suggests a somewhat funnier and kinkier version of Peyton Place. It has its moments, but not many, and generally speaking it runs neck and neck with Dune as the least successful and interesting Lynch feature. The story involves a lot of heavy breathing about the evil that lurks in supposedly innocent small towns, with various intimations of sexual abuse. The surrealist conceits work better here than the orgies, though both suggest that Lynch was badly in need of a rest and a change of pace.
Director: David Lynch
Producer: Gregg Fienberg
Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Moira Kelly, David Bowie, Chris Isaak, Harry Stanton, Dana Ashbrook, Kiefer Sutherland, Peggy Lipton, James Marshall, Grace Zabriskie, Pamela Gidley, Madchen Amick, Miguel Ferrer, Heather Graham, Jürgen Prochnow and Gary Bullock