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Eraserhead (1977)

Not Rated | | Horror | 3 February 1978 (USA)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Henry Spencer (as John Nance)
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Allen Joseph ...
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Beautiful Girl Across the Hall (as Judith Anna Roberts)
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V. Phipps-Wilson ...
Landlady (long version)
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Jean Lange ...
Grandmother
Thomas Coulson ...
The Boy
John Monez ...
Bum
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Paul
T. Max Graham ...
The Boss (as Neil Moran)
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Little Girl
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Storyline

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

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A dream of dark and troubling things See more »

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3 February 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eraserhead 2000  »

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Budget:

$20,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,000,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The large concrete structure that Henry walks into at the start of the film is the lower portion of the East 4th Street overpass in Los Angeles, where it crosses Sante Fe Avenue to fly over railroad tracks. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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 »

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Soundtracks

Messin' Around With the Blues
Written and performed by Fats Waller (as Thomas "Fats' Waller)
In 1927.
© Peer International Corp. (Chappel & Co. U.S.A) (BMI)
© Copyright 1976. David Lynch.
© 1976 O.K. Paul Music.
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artsy freaks, attend..
20 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

For the rest of us, don't bother. This movie definitely has points about it that some would consider 'good', and other points which make this movie the most boring 1.5 hours of my life.

There are probably less than 50 lines in the whole movie. I wouldn't say that there is good 'imagery', but you get hung up on it because there are no words. The sound effects were INTERESTING, though not necessary good.

Some say it's ahead of it's time, not sure why. I've never seen anything like it since... Maybe it's 'time' is yet to come? Some say it doesn't have a plot- it does; it's just that it can be explained in 10 words or less.

This movie is definitely DIFFERENT- not because Lynch is a genius, but because no one has the time or energy to create such a piece of crap. I regretfully say that I think I could take 3 nightmares, randomly mix them together, and get a similar 'masterpiece'.


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