If a game had to be compared to David Lynch’s TV show Twin Peaks, many would say that Swery’s Deadly Premonition was the best product that anyone could have asked for. As it turns out, there was actually another game developed in Japan that directly referenced the show, and strange enough, it was doing a lot of things that games were not doing at the time.
Mizzurna Falls is a game that takes place in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado after the murder of a high school girl named Kathy Flannery disrupts the town’s quiet lifestyle. All of the personalities from the game’s inspiration are here: the smart-ass high schooler, the friendly sheriff, the sheriff’s receptionist. There is even someone named “Wolf.” There is no FBI agent that comes into town, though. There had to be some differences between this game and its inspirational material. Instead the player follows a high schooler named Matthew Williams who seems to have a romantic relationship with the murder victim.
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It’s been 20 years, but Twin Peaks is back in the media again. David Lynch’s bizarre crime series about a murder in a small logging town has been a cult hit since its 1991 debut. But now that’s it returning next year on Showtime, the media gets to obsess over the show again — in a more Internet-y way, of course.
I was too young to remember the original hoopla of Twin Peaks‘ 90s debut, and so I found this media roundup of interviews and news promos from 1991 to 1992 to be really interesting. People were just as perplexed by it then as they were today, but their most passionate obsession was with the show’s originality. In the ’90s television was dominated by sitcoms and crappy network crime dramas. A show like Twin Peaks blew everyone’s minds. “It’s SO unusual,” beamed Kathie Lee of Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee (before it was Live! With Kelly and Michael). Donahue — remember him? — even dedicated a cheesy whole show to the TV show, barking at the cast to explain the plot to him because he didn’t get it.
If you’re as amused by old stuff from the ’90s as I am, this playlist of more than 40 videos will keep you weirdly entertained today.
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Maybe the real reason Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy are dunzo is because someone had Miss Piggy whacked, letting her body wash upon the shores of Twin Peaks. Or at least that’s the case with this hilarious mashup by illustrator Justin DeVine. Instead of typical fan art that simply pays an homage of the source material, he takes things further and reimagines key characters as Muppets, and it’s kind of genius. Of course Kermit would be Special Agent Cooper and of course Beaker and Janice would be deputy Andy Brennan and Lucy Moran. But Fozzy the Bear at the “Log Lady”? Um…sure, why not?
If this series makes you laugh (instead of roll your eyes), you can browse it in full here. The best thing about it? So much easier to understand than the original Twin Peaks.
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South African design studio MUTI are at it again, this time creating illustrations based around everyone’s favorite cult TV show, Twin Peaks. Their tribute project pays homage to the TV show by recreating several pivotal characters, like Dale, Audrey, and who can forget, Killer Bob. Using their trademark soft line approach that’s reminiscent of colored pencils, the project has a playful, cartoonish quality that’s slightly atypical for Lynchian fan art. It actually makes us wonder what a Twin Peaks cartoon would have been like. Good idea or nah? I guess we can only dream.
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