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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

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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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Warning: the nightmare has not gone away See more »

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3 February 1978 (USA)  »

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Eraserhead 2000  »

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$20,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,000,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film started life as a script called Gardenback, based on David Lynch's painting of a hunched figure with vegetation growing from its back. Gardenback was a surrealist script about adultery, which featured a continually growing insect representing one man's lust for his neighbor. The script would have resulted in a roughly 45-minute-long film, which the AFI felt was too long for such a figurative, nonlinear script. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Alone in the T-Shirt Zone (1986) 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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how weird can you get?
6 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

I needed to read all the other reviews here before I was game to make a comment. I'm a great fan of Lynch's Wild at Heart having seen it four times, and recently loved Lost Highway. But this one left me baffled. I'd heard of it for years, but can make little sense of it. It certainly didn't bore me, in fact I was fascinated to see where the plot led. Tried to analyse it in terms of symbolism, but decided that if I have to do that the film isn't really speaking to me. The dark broodiness is impressive, the squishiness repulsive, and Henry's hairdo is unforgettable!


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