Eraserhead (1977)

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Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.


7.4/10
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  • Jack Nance and Charlotte Stewart in Eraserhead (1977)
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Director:

David Lynch

Writer:

David Lynch

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6 May 1999 | hursto
how weird can you get?
I needed to read all the other reviews here before I was game to make a comment. I'm a great fan of Lynch's Wild at Heart having seen it four times, and recently loved Lost Highway. But this one left me baffled. I'd heard of it for years, but can make little sense of it. It certainly didn't bore me, in fact I was fascinated to see where the plot led. Tried to analyse it in terms of symbolism, but decided that if I have to do that the film isn't really speaking to me. The dark broodiness is impressive, the squishiness repulsive, and Henry's hairdo is unforgettable!

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David Lynch had a lot of trouble getting financial assistance from the American Film Institute (AFI), because the script was only 20 pages long. He received a grant from AFI but after about 3 years of production, he ran out of money. At one point Terrence Malick screened the film for a potential financial backer, who walked out, calling the movie "bullshit."


Quotes

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.


Goofs

Camera shadow visible, tracking into the light towards the end of the film.


Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits, just a long, tilted close-up of the face of Jack Nance.


Alternate Versions

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!"


Soundtracks

In Heaven (Lady In The Radiator Song)
Mixed By
Alan Splet , David Lynch
Written By David Lynch, Peter Ivers
© Copyright 1976. David Lynch.
© 1976 O.K. Paul Music.

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Genres

Fantasy | Horror

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,557

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