Meet the new Twin Peaks, (mostly) the same as the old Twin Peaks
October 20, 2008 2:21 PM   Subscribe

Great find!
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:28 PM on October 20, 2008

That's amazingly atmospheric.
posted by Pronoiac at 2:33 PM on October 20, 2008

Damn fine post
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:35 PM on October 20, 2008 [4 favorites]

Nice. The bird on branch sleuthing is epic.
posted by neustile at 2:39 PM on October 20, 2008

Great idea for a blog!

I’ve actually been to a bunch of these, some deliberately and by some by accident (the “great big log from the credits” is near the geared locomotives I was raving on about a while back). They don’t mention the horrible remodel of the double R diner interior… maybe I got it wrong and they only used the exterior, and the interior was a set?
posted by Artw at 2:41 PM on October 20, 2008

Rosslyn, which plays Sicily, Alaska is just down the road from the mountain and the falls, so usually it ends up being part of our drives out to show vistors Twin Peaks stuff as well.
posted by Artw at 2:43 PM on October 20, 2008

Most awesome... Still, no jelly donuts? Aw.
posted by Iosephus at 2:51 PM on October 20, 2008

Oh, and while you're looking around, here's some background music.
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] at 2:55 PM on October 20, 2008

Vertigo Then and Now
posted by jfrancis at 3:05 PM on October 20, 2008

New York City Then And Now
posted by jfrancis at 3:06 PM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]

Bullitt locations, previously.

From above, Vertigo previously.
posted by Pronoiac at 3:16 PM on October 20, 2008

Man, this all took such an obsessive mind. When I was growing up not to far from that region and watching the series through high school, this is totally the kind of project my friend John and I would have thought was the BEST. IDEA. EVAR. then not fully followed through on. Most likely, we would have gone up there, and just gotten a slice of cherry pie and coffee instead.

Anyway, worth noting (especially to metafilter) that the falls and the lodge also show up on Snoqualmie Falls Pancake mix bag.
posted by piratebowling at 3:20 PM on October 20, 2008


Vertigo previously.
posted by Pronoiac at 3:23 PM on October 20, 2008

Cool post! Kinda goes to show how the more things change, the more they stay the same.
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:29 PM on October 20, 2008

Sweat find! A lot of really great recaptures (seconding the bird branch shot = epic) and I particularly liked how many of the trees were still around and how much they grew over the years.
posted by porpoise at 3:32 PM on October 20, 2008

Aha! The keyword here is rephotography (Mefi tag). There are a few other sites in a similar vein.
posted by Pronoiac at 3:32 PM on October 20, 2008

Sweat find!

Sweet lodge.
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse at 3:40 PM on October 20, 2008

This blog is useless without pictures of fishes in percolators.

But seriously, thanks for this post. Going through these photos has been the best experience I've had all day.
posted by Brak at 3:45 PM on October 20, 2008

Reminds me of when I stumbled upon the schoolhouse from The Birds. The playground equipment has completely changed, but I was strangely unnerved.
posted by shakespeherian at 3:55 PM on October 20, 2008

He does a pretty amazingly good job with the photos. It seems like it would be pretty hard to duplicate the exact angle and framing and depth of the original. Except for the changes from time, many of his shots are almost duplicates.
posted by octothorpe at 4:23 PM on October 20, 2008

The bird on the branch....

Holy shit that is some awesome work. This is like dirty hardcore porno for me and I ain't ever seen one episode of Twin Peaks. Rephotography however..
posted by fire&wings at 4:28 PM on October 20, 2008

Awesome. Thanks for posting.
posted by painquale at 4:43 PM on October 20, 2008

I took a trip to Snoqualmie with some friends in the late 90s. Only about an hour or two from Seattle. We drove around the tiny town, being total nerds ("oooh! That's where they filmed XX!") We decided on lunch at the Double R Diner, which was then called (or had previously been called?) the Tweety Diner (or somesuch name). It was dingy, dirty, and cramped, with lots of lame souvenirs and gum and the like crowding the counter. For the show they most certainly used a set instead of the real diner interior. Disheartening. I heard the place burned down to the ground a few years after our visit.
posted by zardoz at 4:44 PM on October 20, 2008

Yeah, saw this awhile back. Would've posted it if I knew everyone was going to freak over it.

If anybody does want to come visit out here, just get on I-90 heading East out of Seattle and you'll be here in about 35-40 Minutes.

It's kind of interesting because I moved out here a couple of years ago, and my boss grew up in this town. He mentioned he was getting on the school bus once and noticed the school was renamed. I think his word were "What the hell?!" He said the drama students were in on it and they were used as extras.

He also met Bridges and Sutherland when they did the "The Vanishing" here, and he was working at the Salish Lodge.

Snoqualmie/North Bend have gone through some pretty big changes recently. They cleared something like 50 acres for Snoqualmie Ridge development and they're opening "The newest, hugest, most awesome casino in all of Washington!!!" pretty soon. So come visit soon, this place may be changing more and more in the coming years.

Come check out the falls, hike Mt. Si, and I would personally suggest heading over to the local brewery Snoqualmie Falls. Good beer.

There are also some outlet stores over here and if your interested the large buildings that reside behind them are Nintendo production facilities!

By the way Twin Peaks Cafe is still there, just looks a bit different. The pictures are a fair representation.
posted by P.o.B. at 4:56 PM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]

This rocks so hard. Is there a word for when you accidentally wander into a place you know from T.V or film? Deja Viewed?

I was in California for the first time and meeting an old friend in her suburbian town just south of L.A. I was, as usual, insanely early for the meeting and took the time to walk around the town. I headed down on the main road, just idling by when I stopped dead. The huge school across the street. it seemed so ...familiar. I crossed the street to get a better look.

It was Torrance High School, the exterior set for Sunnydale High.

Thankfully, it was summer and the place was empty, and my hysterical giggling freak-out went unnoticed.
posted by The Whelk at 5:05 PM on October 20, 2008

i like the term deja viewed...
I've stumbled on this view a few times. My first apt. in NYC was also on a street used in that movie, but not as recognizable.

I once spent a few minutes staring at this corner, trying my hardest to remember why it looked so familiar.
posted by billyfleetwood at 6:03 PM on October 20, 2008

And here I had nearly forgotten my desire to create a sitting room that looked just like the Black Lodge. If I could only get that tile right. At least I don't have to worry about making the drapes silent.
posted by adipocere at 6:11 PM on October 20, 2008

I suspect some of the exterior shots in the original were modified using whatever film trickery they used then -- often just a painted plate of glass put between the camera and the subject. There's just no reason why the high school would have taken out their big windows and replaced them with smaller ones.
posted by Astro Zombie at 6:19 PM on October 20, 2008

I've been to the diner. The cherry pie kinda sucks but the coffee is ok. Merely ok, not at all "damn fine."

The owls, however, are still not what they seem.
posted by at 6:28 PM on October 20, 2008

At least I don't have to worry about making the drapes silent.

But thanks to Ed's clumsiness, you still could.

This post is great. Thanks!
posted by chihiro at 6:35 PM on October 20, 2008

Back in the day, it was fun to take out-of-towners there.

Here is a photo of me taken by a gal from Vancouver in the parking lot of the cafe'. By the early 1990's the cafe' owners had put up a mural on the back wall.

Yes, my license plate reads THETUBE...
posted by Tube at 6:39 PM on October 20, 2008

I was surprised at the number of interior scenes done on location.
posted by klarck at 6:54 PM on October 20, 2008

There's just no reason why the high school would have taken out their big windows and replaced them with smaller ones.

Actually it makes perfect sense if you are trying keep the temperature inside moderate. Overall the temperature is, by varying degrees, a bit colder than Seattle. Adding in wind chill I'm not surpised that they take out the huge plate glass windows.

From what I was told the building was probably about 30+ years old when it went through a major remodel. It is not only situated in a drastically different position than it was, the front entrance, parking lot, football field, classrooms, etc. are all in different locations.
posted by P.o.B. at 7:14 PM on October 20, 2008

For some reason I find this eerie.
posted by grouse at 9:23 PM on October 20, 2008

Nifty. I was enthralled by that show, way back when, but lost interest after the first season. But seeing these images is very, very cool.
posted by davidmsc at 10:28 PM on October 20, 2008

Would it be worth my time watching Twin Peaks now?
posted by cyphill at 11:23 PM on October 20, 2008

You gotta mention: Previously - CBS has made full episodes of Twin Peaks available online.
posted by twoleftfeet at 11:26 PM on October 20, 2008

Yes, it absolutely would. One of my best friends here at school turned us onto it last semester, and it became our sunday night ritual, after everyone finished their homework: Twin Peaks.
We were all a little young to enjoy it the first time around, but seriously, if you've never seen it, watch it. The only downside is all of the self control you have to exercise not to look up the ending on wikipedia.
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 11:55 PM on October 20, 2008

The owls are not what they seem, but this blog is! Great find.
posted by crossoverman at 12:39 AM on October 21, 2008

The Topography of Twin Peaks: A Guided Tour Geographically and thematically, fictionally and non-fictionally...and indeed the "The Owls are not what they seem".
posted by adamvasco at 12:53 AM on October 21, 2008

Would it be worth my time watching Twin Peaks now?

I just recently went through a run, only ever seeing random episodes when it was originally on. I liked Lost Highway but other than that I am not a Lynch dork.

I had to stop watching after the ninth or tenth episode of the 2nd season. They give away the ending relatively early on and you can see the writers trying to turn the show's focus elsewhere, like they are panning a camera slowly away from a car wreck onto a nest of squabbling birds over the course of four hours of television.

But I did like the first season and there are a lot of indelible images; it's definitely a cultural touchstone and it's just Something You Should Do Sometime, like watching all of the Wire in 2 weeks straight or never watching Godfather 3, ever.
posted by neustile at 7:48 AM on October 21, 2008 [2 favorites]

What a labor of love to exquisitely match the then and now locations. The bird one is especially cool. Neat find.

That piece of a big log is huge.

It's a lovely place, as is Seattle.

I have a slightly naughty photograph of myself from the early 90s next to a road sign that says
Come again!
posted by nickyskye at 8:34 AM on October 21, 2008

I thuoght that these comments on the Twin Peaks Wikipedia talk page were interesting.
posted by goethean at 10:28 AM on October 21, 2008

Love this site.

See also: Behind the scenes Twin Peaks photos, shot by Richard Beymer (Ben Horne) during filming of the last episode. The one of Bob relaxing and enjoying a cup of coffee freaks me right out.
posted by jack_mo at 4:52 PM on October 21, 2008 [1 favorite]

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