For fans of David Lynch, the better part of the last decade has been spent patiently awaiting for the master of surrealist horror’s return to the big screen. Whereas Lynch otherwise preoccupied himself with a strange dive into the world of music and entrepreneurial ventures, Lynch has mostly kept away from any kind of screen, pardon bit roles in comedy television projects. And although his return to cinemas is not yet assured, Lynch is back behind the camera once more, this time in the world of music videos with Nine Inch Nails’ comeback single, “Came Back Haunted”.

Lynch has not been behind the camera for a readily available product since the music video for his own single, “Crazy Clown Time” and has not attempted to film a feature since 2006’s Inland Empire, but his collaboration with Nine Inch Nails should be no surprise, as frontman / mastermind Trent Reznor served as Music Supervisor on Lynch’s Lost Highway. In fact, the collaboration is suprisingly coincidental, as Nine Inch Nails previously self-released their past two albums and disbanded into an indefinite hiatus following a tour with Jane’s Addiction. However, following an Oscar win for The Social Network, a public disassociation following a contract negotiation breakdown for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and a mellow reception for his side project, How to Destroy Angels, Reznor resigned with label Columbia Records to release his next album, Hesitation Marks, which he recorded with a brand new line-up t0 return to the sound he created on Pretty Hate Machine.

The New Line-up for Nine Inch Nails

The New Line-up for Nine Inch Nails

Lynch is not a stranger to the world of music videos, having previously directed the lesser-known version of Chris Isaac’s “Wicked Game”, as well as videos for artists like Moby, X Japan and Interpol. Lynch has also kept busy with short films since Inland Empire, although many are not readily available and having been met with mixed critical reception. His latest, Idem Paris, was a dialogue-free documentary on the lithographic process, shot entirely in Black and White HD footage and released directly to Youtube. However, with Twin Peaks reaching a new, welcoming generation through Netflix and the power of digital distribution for independent filmmaking, Lynch could feasibly return to feature films should his experience with Nine Inch Nails prove fruitful.

“Came Back Haunted” is currently available on iTunes, and can be heard on Nine Inch Nails’ official website and VEVO account. Analysts predict that the video should be hitting the internet sometime before mid-July. Will Lynch deliver a solid work of art for Nine Inch Nails, whose past directors have included David Fincher and Mark Romanek? Will the video be an indication for Lynch to return to filmmaking or, inversely, hang up his directorial boots for good? Time will tell, but keep an eye for more on Lynch and Reznor here at!

– By Ken W. Hanley

Ken W. Hanley is the Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine, as well as a contributing writer for Diabolique Magazine and Fangoria Magazine. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on several screenplays spanning over different genres and subject matter, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.