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* TheChrisCarterEffect: Attempted, yet ultimately [[ExecutiveMeddling failed]], with ''Series/TwinPeaks''. While Lynch and Mark Frost knew who killed Laura Palmer from the beginning, they wanted to keep that aspect of the story a mystery for the duration of the series, or at least that's what they said at once. Lynch later said in interviews that he became fascinated with Laura Palmer as a character, rather than a plot device, and that he became immersed in trying to understand her story, background, and tragedy, leading to ''Fire Walk With Me'' and ''Twin Peaks: The Return''.
* DeathOfTheAuthor: Lynch himself enforces this; he feels that it's better for fans to come up with their own interpretations than to tell them what they're supposed to feel about his films.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: Some of the more probable guesses as to what his films mean.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Europeans in general and the French in particular are noted for being bigger fans of Lynch than Americans. Much like [[{{Creator/PhilipKDick}} Philip K. Dick]], he was particularly appreciated by the French intellectual set (and Slavoj Zizek, who is essentially a Frenchman in a Slovenian's body) as his early work gelled very nicely with the PostModernism current in the French academia at the time.
* NightmareFuel: And '''how'''. Some of his most disturbing works are a heavy dose of NothingIsScarier, SurrealHorror, ''and'' MindScrew '''combined'''.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: He typically works in the surreal, but some of his most well-regarded works are completely and utterly bizarre, which might serve as a turn-off to casual audiences.
* UncannyValley: Some of his commercials, and Michael J. Anderson's role in ''Film/MulhollandDrive''.
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