Eraserhead

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Released 1977

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Director:
David Lynch (I)
Released:
1977
Rating:
R
Eraserhead is the debut film of director David Lynch and features a frightening post-apocalyptic reality filled with strange creatures, oppressive cities, and monstrous machines. Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) is an average factory worker in a sprawling industrial town that bears a stronger resemblance to a chemical wasteland than a sparkling metropolis. When his spastic girlfriend, Mary X (Charlotte Stewart), announces her pregnancy, Henry's life suddenly seems to have taken a turn for the better. However, the young couple is ill-prepared for the birth and the consequences that follow. When the baby is born as a hideously deformed mutant, Henry becomes plagued with despair and nightmarish visions. Left to care for the monstrous infant, his reality may prove to be a chaotic prison that even dreams of Heaven won't help Henry escape from. Eraserhead is an angst-filled tale of disconnected people facing a twisted world full of mutants and smog-filled cities which threaten to erase any glimmer of humanity left within them.moreless

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  • 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    What makes Eraserhead great-and still, perhaps the best of all Lynch's films? Intensity. Nightmare clarity. And perhaps also it's the single-mindedness of its vision; Lynch's compl...

  • 100

    Slant Magazine Chuck Bowen

    Eraserhead is an extraordinarily raw film that's not so much an announcement of its filmmaker's obsessions, but a complete, intimate, and heartbreaking fulfillment of them.

  • 100

    RogerEbert.com Peter Sobczynski

    Here was a film that took elements that one might have encountered in other movies in the past—black humor, gore, surrealism, erotic imagery, gorgeous black-and-white cinematogra...

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Drama, Horror, Suspense

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Independent, Classics, Cult, Psychological Horror