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About the Movie
In David Lynch's "dream of dark and troubling things," Henry is left alone in his apartment to care for his deformed baby and has a series of strange encounters with the beautiful girl across the hall and the woman living in his radiator.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 56
- Fresh: 51
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 8.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It represented a monumental shift in how movies are seen and digested -- one that raised the level of aptitude and film literacy throughout the world.
Fresh: What a masterpiece of texture, a feat of artisanal attention, an ingenious assemblage of damp, dust, rock, wood, hair, flesh, metal, ooze.
Fresh: What makes Eraserhead great -- and still, perhaps the best of all Lynch's films? Intensity. Nightmare clarity. And perhaps also it's the single-mindedness of its vision.
Fresh: Lynch, as he does with all his films, refuses to explain anything, although he does say that he has yet to read an interpretation that matches his.
NIGHTMARES ACCURATELY CAPTURED ON FILM
David Lynch is brilliant when it comes to capturing the sounds, feel, look and timing you can only remember and experience in having nightmares. Not violent dreams, or dreams where you’re gonna die, but the type where you are creeped out and have no idea what to expect or think. There’s no logic, your brain and body freak out because your subconscious and unconscious have completely taken over.
In fact, a lot of nightmares I’ve had make way more sense.
This movie is not a story and not entertainment, it is an experience pure and simple.
My favorite scene in this, and there’s no spoilers here: is the nightmare sequence and the whole part where a little boy takes Henry’s head to some guy who uses a piece of the head to make actual eraser heads.
Everyone has their own interpretation, just like Lynch’s MULLHOLLAND DRIVE which i like better. Anyway, if I were to try to apply some logical sorting out of the themes and symbolism, here’s what I’d say:
I'm far from a film scholar but I think ERASERHEAD is about much more than the anxieties and regrets of fatherhood. It's more about all life. It seems to be more about the meaninglessness and lack of control in life. The unconscious trudging through it. Am I wrong? Does it matter? The moon man in ERASERHEAD seems to symbolize God asleep at the controls or not good at his job. The eraser aspect is regretting mistakes.
For what it is, I can only rate it as great because you can’t really compare it to traditional Hollywood movies or actual narratives, this is more the style of French New Wave, art house type surrealism.
What to think...
I am not sure how to express my feelings about this film. Personally, I am not a David Lynch fan. He mystifies audiences intentionally and everyone thinks he's profound, when that's not necessarily true. I think he gets a lot more credit than he deserves. That said, the imagery and cinematography in Eraserhead is brilliant. However, I would not call this an 'enjoyable' film. It is not one you will want to revisit often. It's seemingly nonsensical at times, and it's extremely disturbing. Brilliant? Yes. Enjoyable? Definitely not. This is not a horror film with moments to make you jump, but rather it seeks to get under your skin and peel you from the inside out. This is a marvelously well done film that burns, and for many, this might not be a good movie to watch. I'm serious about how disturbing it is...
Know what you are getting into- A fascinating surrealist nightmare
This film is not for everyone. It is disturbing, unpleasent, and doesn't follow the traditional plot structure the vast majority of movies to. This is a surreal film, with a very light story, and where anything can happen at any time. It won't make sense. However, every shot is imagery and a metaphor. How you interpret the movie is up to you. On the technical side, the set direction is inspired, the lighting perfect, and the sound magnificant. Movies like this are a rare breed, and your enjoyment would depend on what you put into your viewing.