The residents of a suburban high-rise apartment building are being infected by a strain of parasites that turn them into mindless, sex-crazed fiends out to infect others by the slightest sexual contact.
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A bag full of symbolic folklore about werewolves, or, rather, their sexual connotation. Granny tells her granddaughter Rosaleen strange, disturbing tales about innocent maidens falling in ... See full summary »
Is it a nightmare or an actual view of a post-apocalyptic world? Set in an industrial town in which giant machines are constantly working, spewing smoke, and making noise that is inescapable, Henry Spencer lives in a building that, like all the others, appears to be abandoned. The lights flicker on and off, he has bowls of water in his dresser drawers, and for his only diversion he watches and listens to the Lady in the Radiator sing about finding happiness in heaven. Henry has a girlfriend, Mary X, who has frequent spastic fits. Mary gives birth to Henry's child, a frightening looking mutant, which leads to the injection of all sorts of sexual imagery into the depressive and chaotic mix. Written by
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The film's star, Jack Nance never knew, nor cared, exactly what Eraserhead meant. In an interview with the Twin Peaks (1990) fanzine Wrapped in Plastic, Nance said: "You guys get way too deep over this business. I don't take it all that seriously. It's only a movie." See more »
When Henry enters Mary's house, there is a large, distinctive "dent" on the top of his hair that disappears when he gets into the house. See more »
David Lynch has got to be one of the most self-indulgent filmmakers to ever find an audience.
I was extremely excited to watch this movie the first time. I'd heard so many great things about it, how it was more or less a "filmed nightmare," "incredibly weird," and even, "mindblowing." The high contrast b&w cameras, the strange and creepy imagery...all sound great in theory. But unfortunately, in reality, it's a film made by David Lynch.
I can enjoy plots that develop slowly. I'm a huge Hitchcock fan. I even loved M. Night's "Unbreakable," when most thought it was mind-numbing. But this is slow for the sake of being slow. Mr. Lynch isn't trying to build tension or eeriness, it seems slow because he didn't know what to film next and so just kept filming the same thing longer than he should have.
I can--and usually do!--enjoy weird movies that don't make much sense (Or at least end with a violent upsurge of orthogonality): "Pi," "Itchi: the Killer," "Tetsuo", even "2001: A Space Oddyssey" -- all films I loved. But Eraserhead tries too hard. It nearly doubles over backwards to give you "weird," imagery, but Lynch never stops to wonder just how interesting the image is. In every scene I can hear him mumbling to himself in the editing room, "Look at that! Isn't that cool! Ooooooooh!," and meanwhile I'm watching the screen, thinking "Nope. Not really."
In sum, this film is a young David Lynch trying as hard as he possibly can to do something strange, and succeeding I suppose, at the cost of a good movie. It's probably worth watching just so you can be conversant on it, since it seems to be such a staple of the weird-film-subculture, but, quite frankly, if this was my nightmare, I'd wake up bored.
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