10:45am PT by Josh Wigler
'Twin Peaks': David Lynch Brings 'The Return's' Scariest Moment to Life (Exclusive Video)
Anyone who watched David Lynch and Mark Frost's Twin Peaks: The Return will never forget those chilling words, spat forth with cold-hearted charcoal menace from the Abraham Lincoln look-alike known as the Woodsman. And that wasn't even the most stunning moment of the series, let alone the hour from which it was spawned: "Part 8," the unforgettable surrealist nightmare trip through nuclear hell and back, often wordlessly expanding the sprawling mythology first launched in Lynch and Frost's series little more than 25 years ago.
The Showtime revival, hitting Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, contains hours of behind-the-scenes content and bonus features, including a deeper dive into the most immediately iconic hour of the 18-part series. For the vast majority of people who witnessed "Part 8," attention rightfully remains focused on the atomic surrealism that dominates the second two-thirds of the episode. But the true nightmare begins earlier, as Cooper's (Kyle MacLachlan) doppelgänger is shot by his traitorous associate Ray Monroe (George Griffith) in cold blood — only for a small army of haunting figures from the shadows to emerge and work toward bringing the doppelgänger back to life, in what has to rank as the eeriest resuscitation scene of 2017. (There is no such list forthcoming, unfortunately.)
In an exclusive clip from the Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series collection, Lynch brings that chilling moment to life, showing the obsidian-tinted woodsmen exactly how they're supposed to enact the dark sorcery involved in bringing Cooper's doppelgänger back from the brink. Watch the bloody, chilling work in the video above, as Lynch directs a slew of actors on exactly how they should physically work toward reviving the dark form of Cooper — work that involves getting their hands dirty and bloody.
"You see this guy over there and you take his head up and you show him his head," Lynch instructs, as he pats his hands all over MacLachlan's form. "Then you take all of this blood and put it all over his face, and then you show him his face."
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter's Dan Fienberg in November, the famously enigmatic Lynch opened up about the process involved in directing every single episode of the new Twin Peaks series, saying, "It's a runaway train, but it's a beautiful trip. … It's every day. Picture it, when you get there in the morning, it's like there's a giant ravine. And as you're working during the day, you're building a glass bridge. It's a delicate bridge and it's made of glass. And once you've got everything done for that day and it feels correct, boom, the glass turns to steel and you can cross over. And then you've got to do it again the next day."
The glass bridge covering the giant ravine known as Twin Peaks: The Return is available for crossing once it hits Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday.