The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of kindness, intelligence and sophistication.
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
Catherine E. Coulson did then-husband Jack Nance's hair throughout the five year production of this film. The process involved lots of pulling and picking at Nance's hair, which the actor hated. Coulson later joked that her duties as hairdresser ruined her marriage to Nance, and resulted in a subsequent divorce. The two, however, did remain friends for the rest of their lives. See more »
Towards the end of the film, there is a picture of what appears to be the Hiroshima explosion hanging over Henry's nightstand. In the next shot, the picture is gone. See more »
There are no opening credits, just a long, tilted close-up of the face of Jack Nance. See more »
The original print of the film ran 20m longer and featured a number of characters who are referenced in the credits but do not appear: The people digging in the alley show up in the second half of the movie. Henry comes across two kids excavating rows of dimes from the asphalt in the street. The landlady shows up in the second half, in a scene where Henry goes into the lobby of the apartment building and takes out his anger on a bench. "You stop kicking my bench!" the landlady shouts at him. "That's good wood!" See more »
I wasted time from my life on Eraserhead; maybe I can save you from the same mistake.
Friends raved, a local band sang of it, people in line praised it-- I not only found it boring, nauseating non-sense, but very disappointing; I went in ready love it. I love black and white film, and I look for good story, some sort of plot, ANYTHING to like-- but I couldn't find anything (but the last shot of the film-- the only image I had seen before the movie.)
Obviously, some people like this film. Maybe they like to be grossed out. Maybe they have a lot of time on their hands. Maybe this film is like the "Emperor's New Clothes"-- nobody sees anything there but they are afraid to admit it. Maybe I'm just too dumb to get it (but being a veteran of over two to three thousand films in 46 years, I doubt it.)
Okay-- if you love experimental film, David Lynch's work or your movies don't have to make any sense, maybe you'll love Eraserhead. But if you consider time irreplaceable, there are thousands of films listed on this database that would be time better spent. May the Force be with you when you decide what to watch.
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