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Eraserhead (1977)

Unrated  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  31 December 1978 (Poland)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Spencer (as John Nance)
Allen Joseph ...
Jeanne Bates ...
Beautiful Girl Across the Hall (as Judith Anna Roberts)
Laurel Near ...
V. Phipps-Wilson ...
Landlady (long version)
Jean Lange ...
Thomas Coulson ...
John Monez ...
Darwin Joston ...
T. Max Graham ...
The Boss (as Neil Moran)
Little Girl (as Jennifer Lynch)


A film that defies conventional logic and storytelling, fueled by its dark nightmarish atmosphere and compellingly disturbing visuals. Henry Spencer is a hapless factory worker on his vacation when he finds out he's the father of a hideously deformed baby. Now living with his unhappy, malcontent girlfriend, the child cries day and night, driving Henry and his girlfriend to near insanity. Written by Jacob Samuelson

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A dream of dark and troubling things See more »


Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

31 December 1978 (Poland)  »

Also Known As:

Eraserhead 2000  »

Box Office


$20,000 (estimated)

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(re-release)| (original release)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lead actor Jack Nance and composer Peter Ivers were both murdered long after the film was completed. Both died through blunt-force trauma and in both cases, the culprits were never found and the circumstances of their deaths remain shrouded in mystery. See more »


The man's hands on the door at the beginning. See more »


[first lines]
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?
[after a long pause]
Henry Spencer: Well... thank you very much.
[Henry enters his apartment, while the girl slowly closes the door to hers]
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in LOL (2006) See more »


In Heaven
Music by Peter Ivers
Lyrics by David Lynch
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The most original film ever made -- a masterpiece!
10 May 1999 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

Let's say it right here and now: David Lynch is a genius. I don't care if you love him or hate him, you can't take away that simple fact. "Eraserhead" is his masterpiece -- the most original and personal film ever created by any film maker. It's as far from the forgettable fluff of mainstream Hollywood as you can get, and as weird as it is, it strikes a chord deep in the human psyche. I don't think anyone could experience this film without being deeply moved. This beautiful, industrial nightmare comes as close to depicting a fever dream as any film ever could, or ever will! David Lynch pulled out all the stops to make "Eraserhead" as perfect as any film can be, and it shows. It is a great work of art in its own right. The characters and setting are unforgettable, and are as strange as they are familiar. The story is slow-moving, but steadily builds with the fury of a small hurricane. The film walks a tightrope somewhere between the reality of the world we know, and "someplace else." Where that is, only David Lynch knows for sure. Lynch is a fine example of a film maker who isn't afraid to take huge risks. That's how masterpieces are made. "Eraserhead" is the proof.

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