Eraserhead (1977)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1977
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2005
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Consensus: David Lynch's surreal Eraserhead uses detailed visuals and a creepy score to create a bizarre and disturbing look into a man's fear of parenthood.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

What makes Eraserhead great -- and still, perhaps the best of all Lynch's films? Intensity. Nightmare clarity. And perhaps also it's the single-mindedness of its vision.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

"In heaven, everything is fine," but in Eraserhead (1977) nothing is fine. David Lynch's debut feature is grim, disturbed, mutated, claustrophobic, a world that appears to be unraveling-or, more accurately, decaying-before our eyes.

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Tom Buckley
New York Times

A murkily pretentious shocker.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

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Eric Melin

Linear plots with easily defined cause and effect are the kinds of stories we are used to, but sometimes it's refreshing to enter a world where logic takes a backseat to purely evocative storytelling.

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Variety Staff

The mind boggles to learn that Lynch labored on this pic for five years.

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Nathan Lee
Village Voice

What a masterpiece of texture, a feat of artisanal attention, an ingenious assemblage of damp, dust, rock, wood, hair, flesh, metal, ooze.

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Peter Ackroyd
The Spectator

It is the vision of the paranoid transposed upon the screen; the fact that it remains extremely interesting ought, I suppose, to be worrying. But perhaps our eyes have become so desensitised that nothing, any more, will widen the iris.

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Liam Gadd
Oh, what an atmosphere!
Daniel Perry
Full marks for originality - it's a truly new way of telling a pretty basic and "been done" story (surprise pregnancy that leads to family… More
Thomas Johnston
I just don't get it!
Sophie Burgess
Really not my type of film. I just found it annoying and boring. I'm sure a lot of stuff happens in the subtext and stuff but I just wasn't… More