In an interview, director David Lynch confessed that Lost Highway and Twin Peaks (1990) take place in the same fictional universe.
The Lost Highway soundtrack eventually reached No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart and achieving certified gold status in the U.S.
At first, Reznor, who had been a massive Twin Peaks fan, was intimidated by Lynch. Here’s how he described the experience to Rolling Stone:
[H]e’d describe a scene and say, “Here’s what I want. Now, there’s a police car chasing Fred down the highway, and I want you to picture this: There’s a box, OK? And in this box there’s snakes coming out; snakes whizzing past your face. So, what I want is the sound of that—the snakes whizzing out of the box—but it’s got to be like impending doom.” And he hadn’t brought any footage with him.
After Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert gave the film a negative review on their show, David Lynch issued a new poster calling the thumbs-down verdict “two more reasons to see Lost Highway.” Asked for his opinion, Siskel said, “I found it petty.”
This was Richard Pryor’s final film before his death on December 10, 2005 at the age of 65.
Entertainment Weekly ranked this as the 23rd scariest movie of all time.
David Lynch used one of his trademarks throughout Lost Highway– the highway at night. In his visual storytelling, highways at night usually signify a plot transition.