Unique and Shocking
There is little I can say about this film that hasn't already been said. David Lynch's directorial debut is incredibly strange. Although it meanders along at a snail's pace (despite its 88 minute running time), it is worth watching because of its uniqueness and able to shock the viewer. Most people go on and on about its visual style, the black and white industrial landscape where the film takes place. The characters are as quirky as the film itself. Jack Nance gives a good performance as Henry Spencer, the man who is faced with all of the problems in the plot outline. The other characters provide the source of conflict, as Spencer goes on a strange journey through life in the wasteland.
Overall, the film is very well shot for it's meager $10,000 budget. If Lynch was looking for attention for making such a strange film, well, he got it, and thirty-five years later the film has a cult following. Eraserhead is likely to have many detractors because of its bizarre story and characters, as well its sometimes horrifying imagery. If you do not enjoy quirky and outright strange films, then avoid this film. If not, then enjoy Lynch's 1977 debut.