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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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David Lynch

Writer:

David Lynch
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Nance ... Henry Spencer (as John Nance)
Charlotte Stewart ... Mary X
Allen Joseph ... Mr. X
Jeanne Bates ... Mrs. X
Judith Roberts ... Beautiful Girl Across the Hall (as Judith Anna Roberts)
Laurel Near ... Lady in the Radiator
V. Phipps-Wilson V. Phipps-Wilson ... Landlady (long version)
Jack Fisk ... Man in the Planet
Jean Lange Jean Lange ... Grandmother
Thomas Coulson Thomas Coulson ... The Boy
John Monez John Monez ... Bum
Darwin Joston ... Paul
T. Max Graham T. Max Graham ... The Boss (as Neil Moran)
Hal Landon Jr. ... Pencil Machine Operator
Jennifer Lynch ... 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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Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gardenback See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (re-release)| Mono (original release)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It is often erroneously stated that David Lynch's wife at the time, Peggy Lynch was pregnant with Jennifer Lynch during the making of Eraserhead. In actual fact, Jennifer was three years old when the film was first being prepped, and would be eight by the time it was finished. See more »

Goofs

The boy who brings Henry's head to the pencil-making shop suddenly has glasses on when he faces away from the camera to enter the side door. 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 »

Alternate Versions

The longer original version was screened in public only once before being changed by David Lynch to its present format. See more »

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Referenced in Save the Last Dance 2 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Stompin' the Bug
Written by Mercedes Gilbert and Phil Worde (incorrectly co-attributed to Thomas "Fats' Waller)
Performed by Fats Waller (as Thomas "Fats' Waller)
In 1927.© Peer International Corp. (BMI)
© Copyright 1976. David Lynch.
© 1976 O.K. Paul Music.
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An invitation to David Lynch's World...
14 August 1998 | by ExySee all my reviews

As an admirer of David Lynch's work I think that Eraserhead is the most fitting introduction to this man's World as you are likely to get.

It was on the strength of this film that Mel Brooks chose David to direct Elephant Man. Having said that can't you see the similarities in style and content?

Saying Lynch is weird is like saying the Beatles wrote good pop music. Lynch's weirdness can effect one on a very profound, almost spiritual level, eg Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks.

Eraserhead is a hard film to enjoy but it's well worth the effort, if only for Jack Nance's superb visual performance, and a deeper appreciation of Lynch's mis-en-scene.


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