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Scary, Funny, Disturbing, EXTREMELY WEIRD, yet good!
on June 15, 2003
I'm trying to figure this film out. The more you watch it the more you understand it. It keeps it's power each time you watch. Is it scary? YES. Is it funny? YES. Is it good? Well, it's not for everyone. Only for the intellectual person who loves horror that not only scares you, disturbes you, and makes you laugh, but also one that makes you think. Fans of this should check out Jacob's Ladder, and fans of Jacob's Ladder should take it a step up and see this oddball. I love it, because it is so weird. You must buy it. Technically, Eraserhead is an edifying combination of talent, effort, minimal budget and sheer determination. Shot on black & white stock, excellent use is made of light and darkness, contrasts, shadow and texture to enhance the atmosphere. Elements of early European horror are inescapably obvious, while it's in the intangible symbolism that Bunuel and the avant-garde comes to mind. In harmony with the visuals, Lynch makes exquisite use of the available sonic landscape. A procession of sounds (hums, clanks, rumbles, squeaks and cries) fill in for the lack of dialogue, suggesting an all-encompassing technological nightmare. People like Henry are cogs in a world of steam, fire and coughing pipes (contributing to his alienation). However, Eraserhead is not a film that you can watch and expect to be mindlessly entertained by. To achieve more than boredom and frustration, a little effort needs to be put into resolving the symbolism, throwing light upon what initially seems to be a darkened room. If you can't do this, at least appreciate Henry's awesome hairstyle!