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