Shot in dilapidated industrial settings, seething with rumbles and hisses, peopled with disfigured and eccentric characters and featuring a famously indefinable creature described as a premature baby, Eraserhead propels viewers into a shocking, black & white dreamscape.
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What a stunning trip to Lynch's sick mind: this is as hysterical as it is american - an ode to cinema's most symbolic surrealism. The textures, oh my god these textures - it is at the same time very crafty and artistic: you can smell the grosse atmosphere as it is so dense. Beautiful - a true cinema lesson.
This is a real cinematic nightmare. If you watch for the first time, don't try to understand. Just watch and listen - ideally with headphones: because Lynch created one of the best and creepiest sound designs I ever experienced.
Deserves acclaim for its haunting surrealism, utter originality and the sheer resourcefulness of Lynch midway through a seemingly doomed production. Made on a shoestring, and it still stands the test of time amongst the arthouse back-catalogue.
A "dream of dark and troubling things" indeed—chiefly the mortification of the human body. That much I expected, but I didn't expect the dark comedy, the disciplined structure, the demented Americana, the perfect completeness of its world. A masterpiece, but a dangerous one: its images will be superimposed over everything you see for at least a day or two. Is it a bad sign that it didn't seem nonsensical at all?
this was pretty impressive. and way better (and disturbing) than i expected. it's not only a remarkable surrealist piece of art, is, as well as his following movies, a study of human mind, of the bizarre. there is no limit for Lynch's geniality and, lord, it's only his first movie.
The movie that gave us David Lynch, and may we thank the lord almighty. Never were my eyes so mystifed with what was being shown. A strange trip through a dark and eerie mind. This was the beginning to a trip that he still has us on. Were it will lead us? Damned if i know but i'm jumping in head first.