YMMV / David Lynch

  • The Chris Carter Effect: Attempted, yet ultimately failed, with Twin Peaks. 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.
  • Death of the Author: 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.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Some of the more probable guesses as to what his films mean.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Europeans in general and the French in particular are noted for being bigger fans of Lynch than Americans. Much like 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 Post-Modernism current in the French academia at the time.
  • Nightmare Fuel: And how. Some of his most disturbing works are a heavy dose of Nothing Is Scarier, Surreal Horror, and Mind Screw combined.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: 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.
  • Uncanny Valley: Some of his commercials, and Michael J. Anderson's role in Mulholland Dr..