Eraserhead (1977) review

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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.

I thought I wanted to watch some weird movies, and while this one is right up there with the weirdest I’ve seen, I can’t help but feel like I wasted my time, as I saw no resolution to the major plot points of the film.

It’s the first film that Lynch did as a director, obvious at first, but easily forgotten as it’s a huge mind fuck of a movie. An incredible amount of body disphoria and gore with a truely malformed baby creature thing that had me uncomfortable every time it was on screen.

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    4 Responses to Eraserhead (1977) review

    1. While I understand where you’re coming from, I have to say that it’s pretty clear you haven’t had much exposure to experimental or surreal film making. It’s not about ‘resolution of plot points.’ Do you have resolution of plot points in your dreams/nightmares? Because those are what this film most resembles. In fact it may be the most succesfull attempt to transfer the dream state onto film ever.

      • I agree with you completely, on every single one of your points. I was trying to expand my horizons, but holy hell I did not enjoy the experience. I wish they had resolved where the kid came from, what happened with the dude and the girl from the radiator or what happened with the guy at the end.

        the body disphoria shit was trippy and I understood that, but at the same time, i wish they had mentioned why what was going on was going on.

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