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Eraserhead

1977
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1h 29m
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Rated 01 Mar 2007
98
99th
A vision of hell on earth where there is no comfort to be found in family, love, sex, work, or home... perhaps only in death. The way Lynch unsettles the viewer is masterful, from the constant hum of machinery to the perpetual decay of the city to the incredible design of the "baby", certainly one of the most horrifying creatures in cinema. And yet despite all this, there remains Lynch's rich sense of humor, it's very comedic. A supremely impressive film.
Rated 14 Mar 2009
10
97th
An extraordinary exercise in the art of filmmaking, less translucent than Mulholland Dr. but far more bleak and engaging. In Lynch's world, nothing is what it seems, he successfully eliminates the boundaries between reality and dream, creating a fabulous tension and nightmarish post apocalyptic world, leaving the end result open to interpretation. 'Eraserhead' is an unforgettable masterpiece; A rewatch is definitely not out of the question. Fuck me, that was amazing!
Rated 15 Jul 2007
88
90th
Dark, cool, and a little gross. This is a movie that you show to your family and then afterwards you all go out to the theater and watch another movie to make up for this one. You frighten your family, do you understand? THEY ARE AFRAID OF YOU.
Rated 06 Aug 2007
100
96th
Do you ever lay in bed at night, not being able to sleep, panicking about your life and the direction it is heading, feeling like there's a tightening rope around your chest, and it all just makes you want to scream? That is Eraserhead.
Rated 24 Dec 2011
92
88th
I've had my doubts about fatherhood, but after this there's no way in hell I'm having any children ever.
Rated 19 Apr 2007
6
98th
What is most stunning about Eraserhead? Is it the unparalleled cinematography and sound design, likely the best of any film ever made? Is it that it was produced on a shoestring budget while Lynch was still studying at AFI? Is it the nightmarish, hallucinatory portrayal of domesticity and fatherhood? Perhaps it's simply this: that, at the age of 31, in his feature film debut, David Lynch wrote, produced, directed and edited the greatest surrealist film of all-time.
Rated 25 May 2008
7
68th
This isn't a movie to be watched for entertainment purposes - it is a piece of art. My god, the cinematography is amazing. Some of the best I've ever seen. The B&W style works perfectly and all the images will stick with you for days. Worth seeing if you are a film buff. Otherwise, avoid this at all costs - the images will not go away.
Rated 07 Dec 2008
6
95th
I'm going to have nightmares...I just know I'm going to have nightmares after watching this. Nothing you read/hear about this movie can prepare you. Lynch's uncanny use of sound is at its peak.
Rated 17 Oct 2007
93
96th
Some of it's oddly humorous, some of it's horrificly gross, some of it seems to make no sense. There's no real comfort offered in the film. Everything about it unsettling, just like the world of Henry Spencer. It's like watching a terribly bizarre dream. I loved it.
Rated 29 Jan 2007
100
98th
Lynch's first, weirdest, creepiest and best movie.
Rated 17 Dec 2014
90
92nd
"Hey you wanna see some shit?" ~ David Lynch's weird nonsense brain.
Rated 07 Feb 2010
67
16th
Hey fellas, with Valentine's Day approaching, I really can't think of a better date-night movie than this fun-filled romp. Oh, think of the time that you and the Mrs. will have with this one. It was hard, but here are some brief negatives:could have used more festering sores and secretions. I also wish that Davey wouldn't be so overt about his themes. Free suggestion: next time, try and shroud every second of your "film" with impenetrable symbolism. That's the true hallmark of a great artist.
Rated 26 Mar 2009
92
96th
A parental nightmare. Some of the images in here will never leave my memory, I'm sure of it. The climax freaked me out deep down inside, unsettled me to my very core, and if a film can do that, then it is definitely something special.
Rated 02 May 2007
100
97th
Lynch bypasses the ego and appeals straight to the Id to create an oft-hilarious, oft-terrifying snapshot of familial, parental, sexual, existential anxiety. Eraserhead is film as breaching experiment, rendering the conventions of common etiquette (film, too, for that matter) as ridiculous as they are burdensome to discourse -- they breed complacency in favor of understanding, something that, for all his occasional abstruseness, Lynch could never be accused of doing.
Rated 08 Apr 2021
72
72nd
At this point in time, what can you say about Eraserhead that hasn't already been said about Kramer vs. Kramer?
Rated 25 Oct 2009
8
79th
Comes off as very unsettling dream and there is nothing even remotely like it. I have absolutely no idea what else to say about it as its just so unusual.
Rated 13 Sep 2007
100
90th
Wonderful. Not Lynch's best work (achieving that title would take a lot), but it's still absolutely splendid. I won't pretend to know what's going on beyond the obvious, but.. It doesn't matter. It made me laugh, it scared the hell out of me near-constantly and it left me with a feeling of great, absolute happiness at the end even though I had been presented with 90 minutes of bizarre and disturbing images. In that sense it's a bit like Visitor Q, though that's the only similarity.
Rated 25 Aug 2022
98
97th
Whelp. This does exist. It is a movie. I watched it with my own eyes. A difficult film to rate, a difficulty film to explain and a difficult film to talk about with people who haven’t seen it. It’s the most abstract movie I’ve seen (up there with The Holy Mountain), and I don’t understand all of it, but that’s okay. I had a great time watching this slow yet gorgeous movie that’s wholly one man’s vision. Everything worked for me. It’s just so damn well made. Not for everybody, definitely for me.
Rated 24 Aug 2008
76
46th
Perfect example of why "Lynchian" is generally just a synonym for "Weird". There is a pervading, plodding sense of gloom & doom, but only the baby & ending are genuinely creepy. The rest is smoke and mirrors in terms of "horror" with no there there. Artsy-fartsy ambiguous nonsense that allows you to place almost any meaning on top, if that kind of thing makes you feel smart. Nietzsche would say Lynch muddies his waters to appear deep. Stunning B&W cinematography, set design & visuals though.
Rated 05 Jun 2008
81
64th
I'm not really sure how I feel about this. It's weird, creepy and really intriguing visually and allows you to read as much or as little into it as you want. Nance does a good job meshing with the strange mood of the film and the black and white photography is great.
Rated 30 Dec 2007
100
98th
A better allegory for the reluctance of becoming a man and father then any Judd Apatow vehicle.
Rated 26 Mar 2010
45
35th
I'm not a huge fan of surrealism. While there were a few brilliant moments, the film didn't work on an overall level for me, and I wasn't even really shocked by anything given that it took place in one of David Lynch's fucked up universes. I get the feeling he enjoys fucked up-ness for its own sake, and that's not something I can always get into.
Rated 27 Feb 2007
93
95th
So wonderfully abstract, bizzare and even funny.
Rated 29 May 2009
100
99th
That was the beginning of Lynch's outstanding career and his first success which brought him the approval he needs to establish oneself. Once he said Eraserhead is his most personal work. After Eraserhead followed " Elephant Man" with Anthony Hopkins.He became famous worldwide. Watching this movie isn't easy or comfortable to watch but still an adventure to think about. My All-time favorite Lynch.
Rated 28 Jul 2008
95
96th
Unutterably bizarre, eerily haunting and absolutely captivating.
Rated 16 Jan 2014
88
96th
I found this deeply unsettling - some of this felt like it was plucked from my own nightmares, in particular Henry's interactions with the "baby". I admit that I didn't understand it all, but was absolutely captivated with the imagery, imagination, horror, humour, atmosphere, incredible sound and downright weirdness of the whole thing. And, despite the fact that it is likely to give me unsettling dreams, I feel that I need to see it again. A bizarre pleasure (sort of).
Rated 12 Mar 2013
95
96th
The closest anyone has ever come to putting nightmares on film. This is genuinely one of the creepiest movies I've ever seen, with seemingly constant noise and horrifying imagery pervading throughout. Gorgeous cinematography and wonderful atmosphere add to the sense of dread. I guarantee you have never seen anything quite like this, and you will very likely never want to see anything like it again.
Rated 13 Nov 2007
10
99th
Creepy, strange and a very intense atmosphere. Lynch's weirdest. Nance's minimalist acting style is perfect.
Rated 27 Apr 2009
92
91st
The film that made me start watching films differently.
Rated 26 Jul 2010
71
55th
Pretty good for a movie spun off from an SNL sketch. Dan Akroyd's hair has to be seen to be believed.
Rated 14 Feb 2010
90
93rd
I felt a lot the way I did when I watching Un Chien Andalou except with a little bit higher expectations. This is the third Lynch movie I've seen. It is obvious he knows what he's doing behind the scenes (directing / lighting/ set building). He is definitely the master of weird but it's now seeming that it has become sort of a gimmick. I definitely like it but I can see how it's not for everyone.
Rated 21 Oct 2008
90
83rd
It's not entertaining, but has wonderful, disturbing, and thought-provoking imagery. The movie can be quite frustrating at times. It is dreamlike and much like dreams, it is hard to interpret.
Rated 23 Mar 2009
88
85th
The legendary midnight movie that put Lynch on the cult-film map is a one-of-a-kind hallucination that plays like a nightmare experienced by a nuclear-holocaust survivor: consistently creepy and often brilliant, with one of the best hemorrhaging-chicken scenes ever captured on celluloid.
Rated 10 Aug 2007
93
94th
One of the strangest films ever. It is so wonderfully abstract, yet mentally staggering and overwhelming. An opinion cannot be formed based on one viewing. This film needs to be seen numerous times to grasp anything from the film. Although much cannot be said about the plot for it is not palpable in 500 characters or less, the camerawork is nothing short of masterful. An extremely brilliant and complex work in which we will never find its true meaning.
Rated 08 Aug 2009
100
99th
Completely hellish and unsettling. A perfect example of the surrealist film form, because while people love to attach all kinds of symbolism to it it just tells a very simple story in a creative, terrifying way. It's also funny in that horribly bleak way nobody but Lynch could really manage. And the baby aargh oh my god the fucking baby
Rated 21 Jul 2013
79
85th
I've struggled to review several films, but this is the only one that's beaten me. I just don't know what to say.
Rated 02 Jul 2020
98
99th
I hadn't realized the recurring elements of Lynch's work established here: electricity as a connection to different realms, beings in other planes of existence living for a bizarre, singular purpose
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
82nd
A disturbing allegory that makes the start of a strange master.
Rated 23 Feb 2015
83
63rd
I will never, ever watch this again, but in the best possible way.
Rated 12 Jun 2017
100
91st
One of the most truly horrifying works of fiction I've ever head the misfortune of viewing, "Eraserhead" is a grim, depressing, and utterly unnerving look into the tortured psyche of a couple unready for marriage, commitment, and above all else, raising a child, through the disturbed eyes of one of the most unhinged directors of a generation. With cinematography beyond imagination, and practical effects that are best left unexplained, "Eraserhead" is, for better or worse, an experience.
Rated 28 Feb 2008
100
98th
Lynch's first feature is his best feature. We have never seen another movie quite like this and never will.
Rated 09 Mar 2010
80
80th
Do you remember your last nightmare? Those uncanny few seconds after waking up when it leaves you unsure of what is reality and what might still be a dream? Eraserhead evokes those dizzying emotions and stretches them over 90 minutes. David Lynch has to be applauded for concocting a scenery so disturbing that every single shot managed to churn my stomach. Bleak and depressing, and I'm just not sure if I liked it, but it's certainly unique & effective.
Rated 24 Jun 2018
60
20th
Top badass moment? This is the worst rockumentary ever! None of the band or its music are in it. In fact they don't even get mentioned. Forgotten early 80’s punk band Erazerhead deserve better. (So obscure even Wikipedia lacks an entry for it, although a fan page on Facebook has 196 Likes.) First album was very Ramones-like, but the second was pretty good and quite unique. Oh, wait, that's a S not a Z, isn't it? Whoops. 1 decapitation, 1 (dead) cat (poor kitty) and no chainsaws.
Rated 29 Mar 2010
5
93rd
It's only appropriate that the external manifestations of such intense internal anxiety be so intangible and obscure. It is abstract, stream-of-consciousness surrealism, and yet resonates so soundly that it makes perfect sense. This is a terrifying and transfixing experience, full of indescribable and unforgettable image and sound, and its combination of grotesque body horror and psychological unrest produces such severe discomfort that it often inspires the adverse reaction of laughter.
Rated 18 May 2008
8
87th
Disturbingly beautiful.
Rated 19 Jan 2008
85
94th
Lynch is one of the few directors whom I won't for a second hesistate referring to as a genius. And his brilliance was unmistakable from the start.
Rated 03 Jan 2011
9
98th
Eraserhead is a surreal and nightmarish film that defies all analysis. Every moment of this film contains some sort of inexplicable happening or terrifying image. The shot of the giant umbilical cord monster disappearing and reappearing in the darkness is particularly disturbing, but it's honestly hard to single out anything in a film like this. It's like an assault on the mind. A dizzying masterpiece of light and shadow.
Rated 24 Sep 2018
85
84th
On rewatch: Lynch's first is still his most deeply personal piece of work, by far. Like an open diary into the nocturnal conscience of a genius written in his own, indiscernible handwriting. Lynch passionately reassembles the visual embodiments of his darkest anxieties re: responsibility, desire, and fatherhood with bewildering magnetism.
Rated 13 Mar 2008
98
99th
A "fever dream on celluloid" is the perfect description of this masterpiece. I saw Eraserhead for the first time in 2000, and I have yet to see another film that even comes close to creating a similarly weird, troubling nightmare world. It's entrancing, horrifying and amazing, and Lynch's crowning achievement.
Rated 11 Jul 2007
4
83rd
What the Christ.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
99th
A masterpiece of surrealism.
Rated 23 May 2009
91
95th
This movie is filled with powerfully bizzare images that summon to mind the worst fever dreams and nightmares I've ever had. Though I haven't yet wrapped my head around the implications of these images (if I ever will) I can definitely state that Lynch has succeeded in creating possibly the most unsettling cinematic atmosphere I have ever witnessed. And yet there's an undercurrent of dark humor through the entire work. In my mind, this makes it almost gleefully terrifying. You've gotta see it.
Rated 01 Oct 2013
98
98th
The most amazing portrait of the terrifying prospect that is parenthood. You bring this terrifying, screeching, pseudo-human THING into your home, and you have to take care of it at all hours of the day or it might die, and if it gets sick god help you because who knows if you'll be able to even tell, and at some point you just start wondering about killing it.
Rated 28 Apr 2010
100
99th
When I finished watching this I just had to see it again. It is so wonderfully bizarre, with breathtaking camerawork. Probably my favorite film ever. Pure perfection.
Rated 26 Jul 2010
100
80th
I am not sure if David Lynch is an accidental genius or a movie god, but no one creates as much surreal motion picture mad magic of the psyche as he! Eraserhead is a dark, strange world you will never come back from. It will warp your head forever. Easy to watch, hard to watch, and a necessary watch for anyone who feels a bit "different" from the world. A darkly twisted take on modern man's emotional responsibilities. Get your head Erased and give David Lynch the pencil.
Rated 14 Oct 2008
67
53rd
What a movie in black and white !!! I don't know what to think about this weird movie, ehhh. Nice to see this movie of Lynch. I prefer more Blue Velvet and Lost Highway.
Rated 05 Aug 2010
97
99th
This beautifully horrifying descent into a wet nightmare is a tense and hypnotic view on the unbearable fears and anxieties these two newly-married parents have to face, a film that gets funnier each time I watch it. Eraserhead may not be for everyone, but it certainly went up my alley. And then raped me.
Rated 30 Aug 2007
100
94th
People who do not love film should stay away from this as it will annoy and agitate. This is not entertainment, this is art. I absolutely love it.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
92
88th
It's a nightmare ..
Rated 27 Feb 2010
90
69th
It takes the right mindset and the right timing (late at night, all alone) to really enjoy Eraserhead, but once you're there it's impossible to get out. The soundtrack is sparse and haunting when it isn't filled with grating industrial scrapes and the incessant crying of a deformed baby. Hey, it sounds like a negative, but Eraserhead isn't like any other film, these aspects work perfectly. Beautiful and filled with Lynch's heart and soul, it's hard not to love its quirkiness.
Rated 14 Apr 2009
80
86th
One of the kings of the midnight movie movement. The baby is one of the iconic symbols of it, also. It is our Darth Vader. Its also one of the very few movies thats generally frightening and funny (chicken blood coming out of its ass) at the same time. Not much, of a story, I guess, but there are a billion different ways to interpret it. I don't really know what it means, but if I had to guess, I would think its a bad dream. The theme song is pretty catchy, too.
Rated 02 Mar 2012
89
84th
Wow. First of all let me just say that this movie was really awesome for Lynch's first full length feature film. I really enjoyed this. I would say that my favorite part was the over-the-top acting styles in the movie. The part with the family at the dinner table with the little chickens cracked me up. Also, I need to add that the baby in this film gets the "Creepiest Baby Award". I've never seen anything so crazy in my life. Bravo Lynch. Even early on in your career you surprise us!
Rated 17 Jan 2013
95
96th
Eraserhead is a film of frightening power, filled with an absurdist sense of humour and simple, striking imagery. Its ability to scare is far beyond that of most horror movies as is its ability to disturb, create a very real sense of dread and, strangely enough, enchant (that stunning little musical number). Surrealist and nightmarish imagery floods the film having an absolutely indelible effect on you.
Rated 14 Mar 2016
83
95th
Lynch's dark and twisted take on surrealist film is a visual masterpiece which made the previous generation of masters like Fellini and Bunuel look like choirboys in comparison. Seemingly beamed in from a parallel dimension--there was nothing like it at the time or now--Lynch's demented vision casts a nightmarish fun house mirror reflection on contemporary social ills, plunging headforth into the core of our deepest fears and expressing them in relentless waves of disturbing sound and imagery.
Rated 01 Jan 2009
68
30th
A wickedly bare plot, in conjunction with terribly thin dialog and banal filler visuals drag down some great cinematography and the aptitude of the lead actor. I must admit there were some rather intriguing parts, but it seemed weird for the sake of weird. All together a hot/cold mix that ends up being more cold than hot.
Rated 20 May 2014
93
98th
The perfect horror film, seemingly engineered for the sole purpose of scaring the everloving shit out of me. Sometimes a movie puts out a certain kind of vibe, some esoteric wavelength that perfectly connects with you at the time of the viewing, and Eraserhead is a textbook example of that. I've just never had it happen with something so bizarre and disturbing.
Rated 17 Dec 2010
80
37th
this movie is neither good nor is it bad, the constant noise is meant to make you feel nervous, twitchy and it works. The best way I can describe this, is if you were looking through the eyes of a mental patient during fatherhood, This is probably what you would see. the oozing, the general malaise, the inescapable noise, lost in space, lost to yourself. I mean its really a movie where a thousand and one conclusions can be drawn from it and the best part is that every single conclusion is right.
Rated 29 Nov 2009
90
90th
I loved this, but I'm a sucker for surrealism. Fear of parenthood is probably the obvious theme here, but there are so many other things in the film that are left open to interpretation and can be infinitely discussed. The visuals and especially the ambient sounds are used to great effect to make you feel uneasy. It's definitely not edge-of-your-seat entertainment, but I highly recommend this to any open-minded moviegoer.
Rated 17 Aug 2015
90
80th
A technical accomplishment that will probably make you feel more uncomfortable than any movie you've ever seen. Absolutely singular, profoundly disturbing and horribly funny; if you have any interest in the technical potential of film you just gotta see it.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
46
48th
Interesting to see where Lynch started, but not nearly as refined as his later work. Weak soundtrack (no Badalementi yet), symbolism much too overt and alienating, uncompelling main character, etc.
Rated 06 Dec 2011
4
0th
David Lynch, though a mere aspiring filmmaker at the time, shows off his mastery of the psychology of sight and sound as he deftly manipulates the emotions of the viewer throughout this lo-fi masterpiece. Perhaps the greatest art school project of all time, it is a ray of hope for hipsters everywhere who believe that in this faithless, shallow world, Eraserhead provides them with the opportunity to prove that they interpret life on a deeper level than the ignorant masses. I give it 4/100 stars
Rated 07 Oct 2013
32
37th
this movie made me hungry so i took som points off but its good lol
Rated 29 Oct 2015
86
94th
The soundscape envelops you in its layers of white noise and metallic crunching, distorted and loud and abrasive and all-too-personal as it is; it is this film's greatest attribute in constructing its violently bizarre nightmare of a world. A fear of parenthood turned into an odyssey where night never seems to end, and lit with brilliant chiaroscuro lighting in a world constructed as the dark underbelly of 1970s American sitcoms, there still exists virtually nothing like Lynch's debut.
Rated 13 Aug 2014
100
97th
"I get it! A baby is a monster." - Mel Brooks
Rated 29 Nov 2008
72
58th
All art. Good art. But not entertainment. Film students, drink up.
Rated 05 Mar 2011
87
89th
One of the creepiest movies that I have ever seen. The constant droning noises, the baby, and the black and white colors really add up to a perfect nightmare. It's a great movie, and I never want to fucking see it ever again.
Rated 25 Sep 2007
10
0th
"Hello, I'm an Artist, I've made a Film. It has a lot of stuff you might not understand in it, but that's the point..."
Rated 08 Dec 2009
8
80th
Quite good and certainly works as a pacesetter for his career, but as a personal film it seems to punish us too much when we can't grasp some of the esoteric messages. It works well to convey Lynch's seemingly haunting feelings about what seemingly seems so unnatural to him, but perhaps it's just a bit too much at critical times. However, the atmosphere is perfect, and the little symbols I can pick out are clever and engaging.
Rated 13 Mar 2010
10
98th
Allegorical, hilarious, frightening, beautiful, and grotesque, all at the same time. There will never be another quite like Eraserhead; it truly does feel like a projection of a dream, or possibly a nightmare.
Rated 19 Mar 2012
69
26th
Way too much Freud for my taste, but still good cinematography. Mel Brooks was right to hire Lynch for Elephant Man, which I like much more.
Rated 10 Sep 2017
40
13th
Worst vacation. Lynch didn't need to be so graphic (blood, goop, a bathtub with MILK) to make us get the nightmarish mind of an industrial dealing with a THING baby -- cries and laughs, though, and becomes giant when daddy tries to kill it. Actually, it punishes atmosphere for more immediate, but weaker, results. A draft for ideas Lynch would develop later -- the deformed singing lady. Loved TP bits -- small tree below a picture of nuclear explosion, Red Room's floor, mystic jack, infinite space
Rated 17 Feb 2012
8
76th
Astonishingly crafted, especially considering this was made by a first time director on a shoe string budget. Set and sound design create a world so unique, yet true, that the terrifying presence of a radiator in which there lives a tiny dancer mocking you in your misery is not second-guessed, but translated into a deep-felt reflective emotion.
Rated 13 Jun 2012
90
96th
I'm a better man for having watched this film.
Rated 11 Aug 2009
75
55th
Now my heart will start racing whenever I see someone cut open a turkey. David Lynch, you are fucking weird.
Rated 20 Jul 2011
97
97th
Not nearly as grotesque or nightmarish as its reputation promised, Lynch's Eraserhead is a surprisingly humorous and beautiful story of a man and the horror he has born. Starring Jack Nance('s eyebrows).
Rated 03 Jan 2009
80
79th
BEYOND weird. Extremely strange film, but I found myself entertained for most of it. Mainly because of Jack Nance's performance though Allen Joseph was great too. Really not sure what to say about this one tbh...
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
14th
I really like David Lynch, but this movie is just boring. I can totally appreciate the struggle it was to make this, and the ingenuity involved in the effects (not to mention the excellent sound design). However, considering the love this gets...I missed the boat.
Rated 05 Aug 2007
97
99th
By far, Lynch's best film. Surreal yet interpretable. Horrifying and all-at-once calming. This movie is more like a dream/nightmare than anything to come before it or even after it.
Rated 06 Jul 2008
90
85th
A real sensational piece, and the first Lynch film I saw. I've been a huge fan of his ever since!
Rated 21 Jul 2008
93
84th
Nothing is as disconcerting, upsettingly discouraging and consternating as Erasherhead. It is full of both accomodating moods and fiendish agitations. It will both shock and make you understand the true meaning of the word crazy. Only see for viewing purposes.
Rated 08 Oct 2010
13
2nd
Remember the self selection bias on this website. This movie is freaking awful. David Lynch at his Lynchiest.. Weird for the sake of being weird. Ohhh its so "artistic." Yea... I thought it would be creepy after the first 10 minutes.. But the next hour or whatever was just BORING and stupid
Rated 07 Feb 2016
98
99th
My first girlfriend got me a plushie of Henry's baby and a bootleg 7" of The Pixies covering the Lady in the Radiator song for my 21st birthday so I subsequently gave the biggest David Lynch fan in my college course her own baby plushie for her 20th birthday. That being said this film is a masterwork of surrealism, the kind that film students need to stop overanalyzing. Goes under my definition of Post-film, i.e. Mad Max Fury Road, Mandy
Rated 21 Mar 2016
80
81st
One of the best directorial débuts ever. Visually stunning and disturbing. Rewatch
Rated 29 Nov 2011
94
88th
Eraserhead is a movie resilient of any verbal analysis, aside from describing what's superficially there. There are a million ways to take this movie apart, but David Lynch has never explained what the movie's about and never intends to. It could mean very little to a person, or mean everything, but it remains one of the most subjective films because its atmosphere and greatness is based in obscurity and uncertainty, and ambitions toward a primal form of communication to the viewer.
Rated 10 Nov 2009
88
89th
In heaven... everything is fine.
Rated 24 Oct 2011
83
72nd
The grotesque images of this film are so beautifully shot as to create a formal conflict that works well in bringing an atmosphere of instability and uncertainty. These qualities sum up well the world of the lead character, alienated and alone in the modern world, while completely overwhelmed at the prospect of fatherhood. The sound design adds a disturbing layer even as some of the scenes (esp. early) play out in bizarrely comic fashion.
Rated 01 Oct 2012
91
97th
The most disturbing and surrealist film I've ever seen. A nightmarish expirience. Magnificent.
Rated 28 Oct 2008
70
48th
Nothing to take seriously.
Rated 03 Feb 2015
90
91st
I never knew nor cared about the manufacturing process behind pencils until I saw Eraserhead
Rated 11 Jun 2022
69
45th
Fear of fatherhood, fear of responsibility, sex and social anxiety are pretty plain themes, and much of the nightmarish, (often) sexual imagery bombards you. My take is that at least half of it is a dream, and if not, everything that isn't surely takes place within its own dreamworld. Dreams are messy, ventilating amalgamations of collected thoughts, and that, in essence, is what Eraserhead feels like. Had some moments been executed differently, it might have clicked with me more.

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