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From auteur David Lynch comes this nightmarish classic in which a young man living in an industrial wasteland comes to grips with parenthood. Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) inhabits a surreal world rife with grotesque characters and bizarre creatures, not the least of which is his own child, a hideously deformed, squalling aberration. A study in the macabre, this early film features the arresting imagery and dark humor characteristic of Lynch's work.
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Everything here is designed to shock you but the baby. The baby is absolutely normal. What is interesting, some critics say the baby is a mutant, but do they think so in the movie? They treat it like a normal child. Yes, it looks like an eye sore, but it looks so to us, how do we know how it looks to them? Or how do we know, that we see what it IS, and not what Henry and his wife SEE it to be? The answer is - we don't know that. This dimension of the movie raises everyday life misfortunes and reflects social consciousness of some family issues. Everything that concerns society and social perception is more or less clear and familiar (like the marriage). But when it comes to personal visions and submergence you fall into the jack rabbit's hole.Read more ›
My impression was that the film is a depiction of a possible dark future with warnings about the dangers of an industrial society gone off track. There are deformed monstrous babies, and people living scared in their dark apartments not knowing their neighbours, surrounded by noisy industrial complexes where no trace of nature seems to exist anymore, only railway tracks, dirt and gravel. A picture in a room doesn't show a tranquil beautiful landscape, but an atomic explosion. People are living in the shadow of this industrial world which has overtaken everything, and has even darkened the sky with its soot.
Whether taken as a movie with a message or as just the representation of a surreal, nightmarish world, this film in truly unique and is one of the most perfect cinematic films ever made.
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Don't risk buying from this supplier. My DVD was a dud. Won't play on any blu-ray device. Get the Criterion issue to be safe.Published 22 months ago by Mark Collings
While at some point in the film I did get a Twilight Zone feel, most of the time I was just wondering what the heck I was looking at. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Mayor Maynot
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Some films try to be odd or bizarre, but Eraserhead is just strange and creepy without trying. Don't try to figure out what David Lynch is trying to say with this film, it's just... Read morePublished on April 14 2011 by Kevin Macpherson
Eraserhead poses many questions for viewers but allows few answers. The setting reminds me of something out of a Charles Dickens novel/only darker. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2003 by GoSchmoe
Eraserhead is tough to explain. I love it, but find it hard to watch at times. This film seems to invoke feelings of isolation, depression, and sheer wierdness within the viewer... Read morePublished on Dec 8 2003 by Mark A. Kintzley
If you're reading this, then you've seen this movie or are at least curious what all the hype is all about? Read morePublished on Dec 2 2003 by Lao Che
Many viewers of David Lynch's Eraserhead have exhausted all avenues of erudition to decipher the complex pandoras box of Lynch's debut film. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2003 by Brandon DiSabatino