Inland Empire is one of the most fascinating, sophisticated, frightening, bizarre, allegorical, psychological horror films ever made. Not that IE--as well as Lost Highway & Mulholland Drive--need to be watched consecutively, it's good to start w/LH to plant Lynch's grand landscape into your mind. These films will challenge you to THINK about what they are showing you...they will not take you down some literal path. After viewing, find Lynch fans to discuss them & watch them over & over...the density of content just requires multiple viewings. Also, if you like watching highly skilled actors engaged in some of their best performances, this trilogy is highly recommended; namely, Laura Dern, Grace Zabriskie, Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Bill Pullman, Robert Loggia, Laura Harring, Balthazar Getty, Gary Busey, Harry Dean Stanton, Patricia Arquette...even Billy-Ray Cyrus & Richard Pryor!