[[caption-width-right:214:The angels wouldn't help you... because they've all gone away.]]

''Fire Walk with Me'' is the 1992 film prequel to ''Series/TwinPeaks'', and follows the events leading up to the death of Laura Palmer in the pilot episode. It is directed by the co-creator of the series, Creator/DavidLynch.

Released after the series' 1991 conclusion, the film follows two separate plot threads. The first, which takes place a year before the events of the pilot, follows a pair of FBI agents (Chris Isaak and Creator/KieferSutherland) who are investigating the death of a waitress in the town of Deer Meadow.

After one of the agents disappears while following up on a clue, the film cuts to a year later, where high school student Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) is balancing her perception as Twin Peaks' resident "good girl", a pair of boyfriends, hidden secrets and her schizophrenic father Leland (Ray Wise)...

Production for the film started just after the series ended. The movie featured several cameos by characters from the series (including Kyle [=MacLachlan=] as Agent Cooper) and chronicled the final week leading up to Laura's murder and discovery in the series proper.

!!''Fire Walk with Me'' provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: If you haven't watched the series, [[spoiler:Leland is possessed by Bob, who rapes Laura. Laura's mother is powerless to stop the abuse.]]
* AwfulTruth: Laura finding out that [[spoiler:her father ripped pages from her diary]] causes her to have a HeroicBSOD.
** Laura's mother Sarah Palmer clearly knows something's going on(which makes her scream of "What's happening in this house?" at the start of the series even HarsherInHindsight) but refuses to let herself put it together.
* BerserkButton: At the bar, Laura snaps out of her general apathy and hedonism when she sees Donna in trouble, screaming and attacking the guy who's attempting to molest her.
* BitterSweetEnding[=/=]GainaxEnding:[[spoiler: In the last scene of the movie, Laura appears reunited with Agent Cooper and her guardian angel in the Black Lodge]].
* BizarroWorld: Deer Meadows is Bizarro Series/TwinPeaks. The coffee is terrible, the waitresses are surly, the sherrif's a walking balding dickbag and his secretary and deputy are a pair of snarky assholes. Nobody's interested in solving the Teresa Banks case, and there seems to be no industry to speak of. The only thing they seem to have in common is their [[TheOtherRainforest location]] and [[TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch refusal to release bodies to the FBI.]]
* BondageIsBad: It's certainly presented in as unsavory a way as possible.
* BreakTheCutie: The process is well underway by the time Laura's story begins, and it only gets worse from there for her.
* BrickJoke: Unlike [[RememberTheNewGuy Chet]] [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Desmond]], Agent Sam Stanley actually gets a brief mention in [[Series/TwinPeaks the show]], during the pilot. Agent Cooper's notes to [[TheGhost Diane]] that they shouldn't let Sam work the Palmer case, and that [[OnlySaneMan Albert Rosenfield]] has it "more on the ball."
* BrokenBird: Laura. So, so much.
* CallForward: The baby laxatives.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Played as dark as it can get.
* CryIntoChest: Laura does this with her confidant, Harold Smith.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Although it occupies the same disturbing universe as the series, the film is noticeably more bleak. The focus is firmly on Laura, not the kooky surrounding cast of the series, and the trademark eccentric humour is absent.
* DaylightHorror: The series always liked to mix the mundane with the terrifying, and the film is no exception.
* DirtyCop: The entire Deer Meadows sheriff's office.
* TheDividual: Mike and The Man From The Other Place (who identifies himself as "The Arm") speak in unison when together in the Black Lodge.
* DontGoInTheWoods: For the love of God, ''don't go in the woods''.
* DyingTown: With the movie's bleaker tone, washed-out colours, and so many familiar actors and locations missing, Twin Peaks starts to feel deserted and lifeless.
* EvilMeScaresMe: Played with, on a number of different levels.
* ForegoneConclusion: As a prequel, Laura's death is naturally inevitable. Strangely, she seems more aware of this than anyone else.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: The first half is a WhoDunnit with SurrealHumor added in. The second half is a PsychologicalThriller with SurrealHorror added in.
* HeroicBSOD: Poor Laura.
* InelegantBlubbering: Sheryl Lee is excellent at crying. There's no single glittering tear, she properly sobs.
* JurisdictionFriction: Between FBI agent Chet Desmond and the Deer Meadows sheriff's office.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: By virtue of the fact that the film spoils that Laura is going to die on boxart in the plot summary.
* LooksLikeCesare: Laura, in a JumpScare at Harold Smith's house. In the DeletedScenes, Leland as he enters the Black Lodge. It seems to indicate possession by BOB.
* MagicRealism: In much the same vein as the series.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Leland, all the time.
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore:
-->Now... Irene is her ''name'', and it is ''night''. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodnight,_Irene Don't go any further with it]].
* NoodleIncident: When we first meet him, Chet Desmond is arresting a bus driver and a pair of hookers next to an elementary school bus full of crying children parked on the side of a highway in Fargo, North Dakota. Why all this is happening is never made clear, [[RuleOfFunny and it probably never should be.]]
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: At the end of the film, [[spoiler: Laura is reunited with her guardian angel in the Black Lodge]]. It's actually not that 'different' and is instantly recognizable as a straightforward angel.
* PeekABooCorpse: During Laura's nightmare, the bloodied body of [[spoiler:Annie Blackburn]] shows up in her bed. And then starts talking.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
* RightThroughHisPants: BOB in the rape scene. [[spoiler: Justified since it's actually Leland]].
* ScriptWank: In an unusual moment for David Lynch, who is otherwise a master of ShrugOfGod, he explicitly spell out -- via subtitles -- that garmonbozia represents pain and sorrow.
* SecretDiary: Played with. [[spoiler: Laura find that pages have been torn from her diary, but does not know who did it. When she finds out it was Leland, her father, the awful truth starts slowly to sink in]].
* SelfDeprecation: The scene with Lil the dancer and her bizarrely convoluted coded messages has been read as Creator/DavidLynch gently mocking his own incomprehensibility.
* SexForSolace: Laura's crying on Harold's shoulder looks like it was going to turn into this, seeing as she suddenly started kissing him passionately, but then she stopped herself. Possibly due to the SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny messages in the rest of the film, and Laura's own difficult relationship with her sexuality.
* SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny: A running theme throughout.
* SplitPersonality: Played with. [[spoiler: There's Laura the homecoming queen who helped organize meals on wheels, and then there's the Laura who prostitutes herself and is a coke addict. On the same note, the whole BOB/Leland split personality/evil spirit issue]]
* SpookyPainting: The one Laura receives as a gift from Mrs Chalfont and the boy in the mask.
* SpotTheImposter: Although it's implied that the [[spoiler: Dale]] we see is the good one, Agent Jeffries isn't sure. "Now who do you think that is, there?"
* SpySpeak[=/=]TalkingThroughTechnique: Gordon Cole uses this to dispatch his agents. He brings out a woman in a tailored red suit with a [[ColorMotif Blue Rose]] pinned to it to dance awkwardly in front of Agents Desmond and Stanley while he introduces her as his mother's sister's girl. This means they're going into hostile territory, will get JurisdictionFriction, that drugs are involved, they'll be doing a lot of legwork, and that the sherrif's uncle is in federal prison. As for the Blue Rose? [[OccultDetective Those cases are special.]]
* StepfordSmiler: Laura. But seeing as this is David Lynch, practically everyone.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Chet Desmond was originally supposed to just be Dale Cooper. The end result, despite being a comparably brilliant FBI agent, is actually a very different character, though. For one thing, he's much less patient.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Played with. [[spoiler: Laura would rather die than let herself be a conduit for BOB]].
* TheWatson: Agent Sam Stanley is this to Chet Desmond.
* WhateverHappenedToTheMouse: Agent Chet Desmond vanishes from the film the moment he touches the ring. His disappearance is mentioned later, but remains unsolved. Given it's a {{Prequel}} to the [[Series/TwinPeaks first two seasons of the show]], it's no surprise he's not yet been found.
** Also, Phillip Jeffries. [[RuleOfThree He, Chet, and Dale all get caught in the Black Lodge while investigating the BOB murders.]]
* WhatYearIsThis: Agent Philip Jeffries (Music/DavidBowie) demands to know this. It's implied that he's somehow UnstuckInTime.
* WorkingTheSameCase: The entire mood and tone of the film drastically changes when the action moves from Deer Meadow to Twin Peaks, but both stories are set in motion by the same killer. Judging by the [[AllThereInTheManual deleted scenes and screenplay]], Phillip Jeffries, Chet Desmond, and Dale Cooper all worked the same case.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: [[spoiler:When the angel appears to Laura when she is despondent in the Black Lodge, it is letting her know that she is worth saving and it never abandoned her]].