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In appreciation and recognition of Seattle's long and illustrious film history, we are proud to partner with Scarecrow Video to bring you weekly reviews of historical Seattle films. Each week we will showcase a new movie, with special emphasis on how these films show Seattle's most filmable locations.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
The Twin Peaks television series was an instant cult hit when it first aired in 1990. Mostly shot around North Bend and Snoqualmie, the producers didn't do much of anything in the Seattle metro area, but it successfully captured the beauty and mystery of Western Washington. The show ended up being cancelled at the end of the second season after which director David Lynch choose to make a feature film that serves as both a prologue and an epilogue, as it deals with the events leading up to the TV show as well as tying up some loose ends. If you aren't familiar with the show, it was set in a fictional logging town called Twin Peaks whose residents conceal numerous dark secrets. Many of these secrets are exposed after a popular high school girl is found dead and "wrapped in plastic." Like most David Lynch projects, a lot of weird and unexplained things happen in both the series and the film. The fictional town of Twin Peaks mostly consists of parts of North Bend, Snohomish and Fall City including various cafes, a trailer park, Snohomish High School, and numerous exterior scenes with the beautiful and imposing Cascade foothills in the background. Other locations used are an upscale neighborhood in Everett, Olallie State Park, and Snoqualmie Falls. Unfortunately Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me wasn't particularly well received and plans for other films were dropped. Regardless of the perceived failure, the film and series made a lasting impact on popular culture and people from all over the world still come to North Bend for an annual summer festival that celebrates all things Twin Peaks.
--Spenser Hoyt

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