One of the only genuinely frightening films I can think of. Lynch taps into the fears of parenthood and portrays them in his signature surrealist manner, within the setting of a dystopian, industrial world. Explaining anymore would simply ruin the brilliant moments that this film consists of, but I'll end here by saying it gives new meaning to the phrase "winner winner chicken dinner".
I like some of David's movies but thought this was terrible. Blue Velvet was good. Twin Peaks was so bad it was good but also had geniunely great moments. But this? For a movie that relies on visuals it can be very good but also boring. I don't mean boring in the sense that it's supposed to be to make us feel a characters boredom. I mean it's visually boring as cinematography goes and it's made worse being minimal as it has nothing else to offer when it goes tits up. Your left with some man with crap hair in black and white to look at. David's use of sound with visuals I used to really like and still do in small amounts but this is like he's trying to show it off too much to please the art crowd. Self lauding overkill. The movie tries too hard to be arty with its sluggish for the sake of it pace, lack of narrative because that's so mainstream and it's opportunist quirks in all scenes when possible just to add some more bizarreness.
This movies mentality is 'what should or would a movie usually do'? 'OK let's just do something weird because I want to be taken serious as an artist and this is the easy way.' It's the Lady Gaga of movies. I'm glad he never made a movie this bad again. This should have ended him in a saner world without narcissism driving creativity but as we know that world doesn't exist anymore.
It failed to entertain (even if it's not that kind of movie), involve me with stimulus or tell me anything interesting. You know it may be pretentious when characters talk to each others with a 10-20 seconds delay between replies even though they're next to eacn other and when they do reply they mutter a single word if possible... long pause... because words are so conventional.
I wanted to like this movie but held back watching it for a long time as deep down I knew it would be hip trash. If you think a man with ridiculous hair doing a silent movie walk into a puddle is meaningful then please watch it.
When I was younger I used to like Lynch but I grew up and got perspective on the world and real hard work creativity.
David Lynch started his career as he meant to continue, with this disturbing surrealist tale of a man who discovers he is to be the father of a grossly disfigured child. As he and his new wife care for it, they slowly descend into madness.
Eraserhead quickly sucks the viewer into its drab industrial dystopia with some of the most ominous, chilling sound design work ever put to film. A low hum throbs through the whole picture, it’s uneasy and relentless. Putting so much work into the soundtrack was a clever move, it helps create a world outside without having to build expensive sets and hire lots of actors, while still being incredibly effective.
Although the film was made on a shoestring, it never feels cheap. Lynch borrows heavily from film noir and builds on it, taking the genre in a new direction.
Almost 40 years since its release, Eraserhead is as bold, innovative and downright unsettling as it ever was.
David Lynch's movies are not easy to review, in fact I think words can not describe Surrealist "movies" generally speaking. Yeah I put that by purpose in brackets because they are not like ordinary movies where you expect a clear storyline, character development, an appropriate soundtrack and so on, but here you really have to feel them and be in the correct mood, have enough concentration and be open minded and patient.
You can ask ten people what Eraserhead is about and you'll get ten different answers, so there is no really 'get it' or right or wrong rather a lot room for interpretation and conjecture.
Anyway Eraserhead is David Lynch's first feature-length film after a row of short movies which are exactly what you think they are, really Lynch-like. We find ourselfs trapped in a black and white, dystopian world at an unkown time and follow the Story of Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) who impregnates his girlfriend and she gives birth to a malformed baby. overchallenged and desperate by that situation she leaves Henry with the baby alone.
That's basically the main storyline and everything that is obvious and clear, adding more to that would be kind of a spoiler and is open to everyone's imagination anyhow.