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  • Awesome Music: This is scored by Angelo Badalamenti, who's no stranger to Lynch, and he doesn't disappoint. Even if you hate the movie, you have to admit that the soundtrack's pretty good.
  • Fan Disservice: The masturbation scene displeases some viewers.
  • High Octane Nightmare Fuel: While not as disturbing as say, Eraserhead, there are several moments which are quite horrifying. Of special note is the corpse scene. See also: Daylight Horror and Grotesque Gallery.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Diane. She's pretty pitiful, even after having her best friend/lover killed out of jealousy.
  • Large Ham: That magician sure loves his ham. And as mentioned in Narm, the film's first part features quite a bit of intentional overacting.
  • Les Yay: Good Lord.
  • Mary Sue: Arguably, Betty. Though it becomes a subversion with Diane (Depending on whether or not you think they are the same person).
  • Narm Charm: The Evil Old Folks at the climax.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: A common reaction. Others find that while there are loose ends, the film is comprehensible to them. has a plausible interpretation.
    • The film was considered so incomprehensible by the studio that they made Lynch include a set of clues to the plot in the initial DVD release. The problem was letting Lynch write the clues - they're just as incomprehensible as the film is.
  • The Woobie: Rita near the beginning.
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