Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger cited this as "one of the greatest films [he had] ever seen," and said that it came closer to realizing his vision than even his own films. According to Giger, David Lynch declined to collaborate with him on Dune (1984) because he felt Giger had "stolen his ideas."
Beautiful Girl Across the Hall:
Are you Henry?
Henry Spencer: Yes?
Beautiful Girl Across the Hall: A girl named "Mary" called on the payphone in the hallway about an hour ago. She said that she's at her parents' and that you're invited to dinner.
Henry Spencer: Oh, yeah?
Henry Spencer: Well... thank you very much.
The man's hands on the door at the beginning.
There are no opening credits, just a long, tilted close-up of the face of Jack Nance.
The original print of the film ran 20m longer and featured a number of characters who are referenced in the credits but do not appear: The people digging in the alley show up in the second half of the movie. Henry comes across two kids excavating rows of dimes from the asphalt in the street. The landlady shows up in the second half, in a scene where Henry goes into the lobby of the apartment building and takes out his anger on a bench. "You stop kicking my bench!" the landlady shouts at him. "That's good wood!"
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