Full Movie Reviews
kimstir - wrote on 06/21/2016
So I’ve been trying to get into David Lynch because of Twin Peaks return (loved TP but undecided on the movies as of now). I liked this one… I think. I don’t know. It was really interesting to look at and the erniess the sound design creates kind of sneaks up on you. The atmosphere of the whole movie is really impressive actually. It has such a unique and powerful feel. I just wish I cared about the characters/conflict. I’m sure there are many theories on what the movie's about. What I got out of it: because of the modern world we live in today, natural/organic have become gross and disgusting to us. No idea if that’s what Lynch was actually trying to say, but the plants growing around the main character's home grossed me out. And when all these puppies are feeding on their …
Matthew Brady - wrote on 11/27/2015
David Lynch you are a genius.
Eraserhead tells the story of Henry Spencer who lives in an industrial wasteland where he must contend with a new, strange baby, an unreliable girlfriend, a beautiful girl across the hall and the lady in the radiator.
Never before have I seen a movie that disturbed me, grossed me out and left me confused, but for some reason I can't stop thinking about it. Eraserhead is both shocking and unique, as this movie drives into the mind of a man who's having a living nightmare of rising a child that he never asked for, the environment that he's living in and just how unhappy he is. What David Lynch is so good at doing is making he's movies feel like a nightmare or a dream, just by how it's directed and shot creates the effect perfectly, and Eraserhead is the …
memento_mori - wrote on 09/22/2013
This movie is ugly. Not in an artistic way. Not in a fascinating way. Just in an ugly way.
This was David Lynch's cinematic debut and it really shows. The direction is poor, it looks like the editor fell asleep and the acting consists mainly of people sitting down and staring at each other.
Jack Nance looked like he didn't know he was in a movie. I've never seen a performance more unsure about itself.
Nothing in this movie is near comprehensible or makes any sense. Don't get me wrong, I like artistic and intellectual films, but the intellect only works in the story if someone else than the director is able to make some freaking connections. I'm not the kind of guy who likes to laugh at things that are intended to be serious, but who can't crack up at a person turning a bar on a …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 10/25/2012
An eclectic film that can be enjoyed by horror/fantasy/dark comedy fanatics, a masterpiece for Lynch admirers who love analyzing his unique films or hated by those who ignore its majestic euphemisms because of its weirdness. One of the quiet influential pictures because of its mood, utilization of industrial sound and skillful direction. This may appear sluggish, incomprehensible and just plain trash (but in this critics opinion, Twin Peaks was totally too deranged/too many plot holes for this raters taste), it's a matter of reading the lines and seeing thru what is actually visible on screen. Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) discovers that his girlfriend Mary (Charlotte Stewart) has labored a creature. Spencer than dreams of a deformed Lady in the Radiator (Laurel Near) who sings and …
Andrew - wrote on 04/22/2012
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 …
Jeremy - wrote on 01/24/2011
I'm really not sure how to truly rate this movie, and for that reason I find it to be great. No other film has left me as utterly speechless and lacking in understanding as this one has. While some might call Lynch a "hack", "pretentious", or "overly artistic", it must be understood that he doesn't expect one to understand his movies, he wants his viewers to think. Eraserhead is filled with experimental, abstract, and surreal with completely unconvential shooting technique, story structure, character development... in fact this is among the least conventional films of all time. With unusual sound design, shocking cinematography, weird characters and a freaky looking alien baby, Eraserhead is not a film for everyone. However, it is still worth seeing to have an experience unlike any …
Bob Stone - wrote on 06/10/2009
Now,let's get one thing out of the way,David Lynch's 1977 masterpiece, Eraserhead is disturbing, and at first glance, makes no sense whatsoever. But upon repeated veiwing you start to get a feel for what it is: a ninety minute nightmare that shares fears of parenthood and adult responsiblilties.
Henry, a young man, is the films main character, and the 'hero' if you will of the the film. He lives in an anonymous indutstrial waste (probably indicating a post-apocalyptic setting). After returning home from a day at 'work', he is informed by a neighbor that his girlfriend, Mary, has invited him to have dinner at her parents house, while there we are serviced to just how strange this film is going to get(tiny roasted chickens that kick their legs and hemorrage blood?) Mary's mother …
WestIsBest - wrote on 11/18/2007
Now, don't get me wrong, I think this is a very well made film and does pretty much what it sets out to do which is to disturb the viewer. I was definitely disturbed! Unfortunately, I had to watch this film in college which meant repeated viewings and it was just so difficult for me to watch. The story doesn't make any sense (which is fair enough because it's surrealist and David Lynch) but it was the sound that me. There's a scene in particular near the end, that always gets to me. (Spoiler!) It's when he attacks the 'baby' and it begins to foam or whatever it does and screams. The background industrial noise was horrific and accompanied with the bizarre visual it did actually begin to make me feel physically sick! No film has ever done that to me before so for that, I have to admire …