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Eraserhead (1977)

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DVD Release Date
ē R1: Jan 10, 2006
ē R2: 1 Jan 2001

Budget $10,000

Running Time
1 hour, 30 minutes

Country USA

Studio American Film Institute, Libra Films International

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Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Horror, Surreal, Cult Classic, Disturbing, Monsters, Experimental, Mutants, Zombie

Tagline: In Heaven Everything Is Fine.

Plot: Director David Lynchís feature-film debut is a masterpiece of the macabre and grotesque. Reportedly a reaction to the news that he was about to become a father, Lynch's ERASERHEAD follows a sensitive young man as he struggles to cope with impending parenthood. Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) lives in a hopeless industrial landscape, lusting after the beautiful woman who lives in the apartment across the hall. After his girlfriend, Mary (Charlotte Stewart), informs him of her pregnancy, he is forced to eat dinner with her extremely odd family. The baby is eventually born, only it isnít a human baby at all; itís a deformed creature that resembles a lizard. The baby wonít stop crying, a horrifyingly piercing wail that drives Mary insane. Left alone with the baby, Henry is serenaded by a woman who lives inside his radiator, and soon he decides to murder his baby in order to stop the nightmare once and for all. Five years in the making, ERASERHEAD contains all of the trademark attributes of a Lynch film--haunting visuals, an ethereal score, unsettling sound design, and, most notably, a black sense of humor--creating a world onscreen that is exhilarating, terrifying, and

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 External Reviews
external linkCopied numerous times, and held up high by most critics and filmmakers Eraserhead is a tour de force that will spellbound you, a foreboding trip into another plane of reality. Just be sure you can take it. You have been warned.

external linkUnless you are on a major LSD trip chances are you will find this to be an aggravating, senseless and dreary experience. A patchwork of dark imagery and minimal dialogue with a ton of bothersome sound effects and attempts at symbolism. 0/4
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 Directed by
David Lynch
Mulholland Dr., Lost Highway, Blue Velvet
 Written by
David Lynch
Mulholland Dr., Lost Highway, Blue Velvet
Jack Nance
Lost Highway, Blue Velvet, Dune
Charlotte Stewart
Tremors, Slums of Beverly Hills, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection
Allen Joseph
Marathon Man, Saturday the 14th, Head Over Heels
Jeanne Bates
Death of a Salesman, Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation, The Return of the Vampire
 Music By
David Lynch
Mulholland Dr., Lost Highway, Blue Velvet

external linkLynch offers such a uniquely nightmarish vision, I felt every frame, I saw every frame, it even felt like I lived every frame. The cinematography is gorgeous! 4.5/5
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