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Eraserhead

Eraserhead (1977)

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91

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 4

David Lynch's surreal Eraserhead uses detailed visuals and a creepy score to create a bizarre and disturbing look into a man's fear of parenthood.

83

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

David Lynch's surreal Eraserhead uses detailed visuals and a creepy score to create a bizarre and disturbing look into a man's fear of parenthood.

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
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Movie Info

Filmed intermittently over the course of a five-year period, David Lynch's radical feature debut stars Jack Nance as Henry Spencer, a man living in an unnamed industrial wasteland. Upon learning that a past romance has resulted in an impending pregnancy, Henry agrees to wed mother-to-be Mary (Charlotte Stewart) and moves her into his tiny, squalid flat. Their baby is born hideously mutated, a strange, reptilian creature whose piercing cries never cease. Mary soon flees in horror and disgust,

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Drama, Horror, Special Interest

David Lynch

Jun 7, 2005

Libra Films

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (4) | DVD (15)

The mind boggles to learn that Lynch labored on this pic for five years.

September 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (7)
Variety
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Some of it is disturbing, some of it is embarrassingly flat, but all of it shows a degree of technical accomplishment far beyond anything else on the midnight-show circuit.

September 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Lynch, as he does with all his films, refuses to explain anything, although he does say that he has yet to read an interpretation that matches his.

January 17, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (2)
New York Post
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What a masterpiece of texture, a feat of artisanal attention, an ingenious assemblage of damp, dust, rock, wood, hair, flesh, metal, ooze.

January 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comment (1)
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Lynch's remarkable first feature is a true original.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It represented a monumental shift in how movies are seen and digested -- one that raised the level of aptitude and film literacy throughout the world.

June 14, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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The most terrifying film ever made.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

By now, the most interesting thing about Lynch's cult-classic debut may be the evidence it offers of how fully his sensibility was formed.

October 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

As pure cinema, Eraserhead is in a universe all its own, writing and obeying its own oblique rules.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Time drips like old paint in Lynch's surreal experiment, that revels in all things upsetting, disorienting, dark, and mysterious.

April 12, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

David Lynch's remarkable first film, made in 1976, still looks like a minor masterpiece, mixing Gothic horror, surrealism and darkly expressionist mise-en-scène.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

David Lynch has "cleaned up" his freaky feature debut, but don't worry - it's still an amazing industrial nightmare.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

David Lynch's 1977 feature debut Eraserhead is one of those rare films that really deserves its cult status - a nightmarish, heavily symbolic story set in a postapocalyptic future.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

...unwrap this baby and you will discover a whole universe of untold depths and hidden textures in which to become trapped, lost or sublimely elevated. Lynch's debut feature is freakish perfection.

September 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Disturbing, repulsive, hilarious, frightening, sensitive and challenging.

September 25, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Lynch's films exist independent of space and time, and only after twisting and turning through their labyrinthine visual corridors can we begin to piece together how they came to be in the first place.

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Whether there is more here than meets the horrified eye, is debatable, but 'Eraserhead' leaves no viewer cold.

January 8, 2007 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Nothing more than a pretentious, incoherent and boring exercise in self-indulgent weirdness.

September 2, 2006 | Comments (18)
FulvueDrive-in.com

The discomfort we feel with the film indicates that the truths contained in Eraserhead, whatever they may be, are as surely true as they are unexamined.

June 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

A stream of subconsciousness work of art, Eraserhead is Lynch's most surreal film. Packed with grotesque physical deformity and quest for spiritual purity, the film flaunts eerie sound and brilliant imagery.

April 27, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

David Lynch's first feature and, arguably, his best.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

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June 18, 2013
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In "Eraserhead", everything is fine.

Full review coming to themoviefreakblog.com on 6/18

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June 12, 2013
spielberg00

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Full marks for originality - it's a truly new way of telling a pretty basic and "been done" story (surprise pregnancy that leads to family fallout and immense stress) - and for spectacular sound editing to complement the surrealist visuals, but my problems with Eraserhead are that it's too hard to get into - wow, no one's ever said that about David Lynch before, right...? - and that what looked like it was going to be a family story pretty much comes off the rails by the end. Something from my university years is coming back into my mind after seeing this, though, something about Freud's theory of the uncanny... thought-provoking film and important to see, but do it for the work and not the entertainment value - otherwise, you'll be disappointed.
February 9, 2013
danperry17

Super Reviewer

Really not my type of film. I just found it annoying and boring. I'm sure a lot of stuff happens in the subtext and stuff but I just wasn't interested. I didn't want to find out what was going to happen. There were many moments where I really felt 'what on earth is going on?'. I just grew tired of it and I was glad when it was over. All the metaphors and other hidden messages just didn't influence me in the slightest.
May 19, 2012
StarCrossedVoyager

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    1. Lady In Radiator: In Heaven, everthing is fine. In Heaven, everything is fine. You've got your good things. And I've got mine.
    – Submitted by Corey C (21 months ago)
    1. Lady In Radiator: In Heaven, everything is fine. In Heaven, everything is fine. You've got your good things. And I've got mine.
    – Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)
    1. Mrs. X: So Henry, what do you do?
    2. Henry Spencer: Oh, I'm on vacation.
    – Submitted by Paul S (2 years ago)
    1. Mary X: You wouldn't mind marrying me, would you Henry?
    2. Henry Spencer: Well... No.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Lady In Radiator: n Heaven, everything is fine. In Heaven, everything is fine. You've got your good things. And I've got mine.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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