* ActingInTheDark: He feels it is important not to let the cast know the whole story, or even the ending of the film.
* [[PlayingAgainstType Directing Against Type]]: ''Film/TheStraightStory'' is a sweet, gentle movie, based on a true story, about an elderly man who travels several miles on his lawnmower to visit his estranged brother. It actually does bear a lot of the subtler trademarks of Lynch's direction, though.
* HireTheCritic: Novelist Barry Gifford wrote a piece that was highly critical of Lynch's attempt at FilmNoir atmosphere in ''Film/BlueVelvet''. Lynch went on to adapt one of Gifford's books as ''Film/WildAtHeart'' and cowrote the screenplay for ''Film/LostHighway'' with him.
* OldShame: Lynch prefers not to talk about ''Film/{{Dune}}'' in interviews.
* ProductionPosse and SpiritualSuccessor: Many of his films share themes, crew, actors and [[spoiler:occasionally even characters]]. WordOfGod is that ''Lost Highway'' and ''Twin Peaks'' are in the same universe, which raises a few questions about the roles of Jack Nance and David Bowie.
* ReferencedBy: ''Magazine/{{CT}}'', in their review for ''VideoGame/{{D4}}'', wrote that the game's plot has the charm of an Creator/UweBoll remake of a David Lynch movie.
* ShrugOfGod: See the quote on the main page. Although he has said that some bits of his work explicitly have no meaning; he just got a particular image stuck in his head and wanted to put it onscreen.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** At one point, Lynch was offered the director's chair on ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
** Turned down the role of Bill Cipher in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. Given that Lynch is known for surrealism and MindScrew, this would've been interesting considering that Bill was a EldritchAbomination and that the show in general was something along the lines of a WidgetSeries. Series creator Creator/AlexHirsch opted to do an impression of Lynch's ''Twin Peaks'' character -- Gordon Cole -- to portray Bill Cipher instead.
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