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This surreal nightmare examines male paranoia. Our hero and title character, Henry, faces a number of horrifying obstacles in meeting someone of the opposite sex, meeting her parents, and procreating. Produced during a one-and-a-half-year period while director David Lynch was a student at the American Film Institute, the film launched him as a major new talent admired by cinephiles and filmmakers all over the world. It stands today as a milestone in personal, independent filmmaking.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The mind boggles to learn that Lynch labored on this pic for five years."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"What a masterpiece of texture, a feat of artisanal attention, an ingenious assemblage of damp, dust, rock, wood, hair, flesh, metal, ooze."
‑ Nathan Lee, Village Voice
"...expertly crafted, wildly imaginative and deeply, deeply disturbing"
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"As pure cinema, Eraserhead is in a universe all its own, writing and obeying its own oblique rules."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"David Lynch has "cleaned up" his freaky feature debut, but don't worry - it's still an amazing industrial nightmare."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Some of it is disturbing, some of it is embarrassingly flat, but all of it shows a degree of technical accomplishment far beyond anything else on the midnight-show circuit."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Lynch's remarkable first feature is a true original."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"The most terrifying film ever made."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"Time drips like old paint in Lynch's surreal experiment, that revels in all things upsetting, disorienting, dark, and mysterious."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"David Lynch's 1977 feature debut Eraserhead is one of those rare films that really deserves its cult status - a nightmarish, heavily symbolic story set in a postapocalyptic future."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Lynch, as he does with all his films, refuses to explain anything, although he does say that he has yet to read an interpretation that matches his."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"It represented a monumental shift in how movies are seen and digested -- one that raised the level of aptitude and film literacy throughout the world."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"By now, the most interesting thing about Lynch's cult-classic debut may be the evidence it offers of how fully his sensibility was formed."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago
"David Lynch's remarkable first film, made in 1976, still looks like a minor masterpiece, mixing Gothic horror, surrealism and darkly expressionist mise-en-scène."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"...unwrap this baby and you will discover a whole universe of untold depths and hidden textures in which to become trapped, lost or sublimely elevated. Lynch's debut feature is freakish perfection."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
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