Eraserhead (1977) - Rotten Tomatoes


Eraserhead (1977)



Critic Consensus: David Lynch's surreal Eraserhead uses detailed visuals and a creepy score to create a bizarre and disturbing look into a man's fear of parenthood.

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This surreal nightmare examines male paranoia. Our hero and title character, Henry, faces a number of horrifying obstacles in meeting someone of the opposite sex, meeting her parents, and procreating. Produced during a one-and-a-half-year period while director David Lynch was a student at the American Film Institute, the film launched him as a major new talent admired by cinephiles and filmmakers all over the world. It stands today as a milestone in personal, independent filmmaking.

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Jack Nance
as Henry Spencer
Judith Anna Roberts
as Beautiful Girl Across the Hall
Laurel Near
as Lady in the Radiator
Jack Fisk
as Man In The Planet
Jean Lange
as Grandmother
Neil Moran
as The Boss
Hal Landon Jr.
as Pencil Machine Operator
Brad Keeler
as Little Boy
Peggy Lynch
as Person Digging in the Alley
Doddie Keeler
as Person Digging in the Alley
Gill Dennis
as Man with Cigar
Toby Keeler
as Man Fighting
Raymond J. Walsh
as Mr. Roundheels
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All Critics (62) | Top Critics (15)

It's beautiful and strange, with its profoundly disturbing ambient sound design of industrial groaning, as if filmed inside some collapsing factory or gigantic dying organism.

October 14, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

What makes Eraserhead great -- and still, perhaps the best of all Lynch's films? Intensity. Nightmare clarity. And perhaps also it's the single-mindedness of its vision.

October 14, 2014 | Rating: 4/4

A murkily pretentious shocker.

October 14, 2014 | Full Review…

David Lynch's remarkable first film, made in 1976, still looks like a minor masterpiece, mixing Gothic horror, surrealism and darkly expressionist mise-en-scène.

September 12, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

David Lynch has "cleaned up" his freaky feature debut, but don't worry - it's still an amazing industrial nightmare.

September 12, 2008 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

David Lynch's 1977 feature debut Eraserhead is one of those rare films that really deserves its cult status - a nightmarish, heavily symbolic story set in a postapocalyptic future.

September 12, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Daniel J DeMersseman
Daniel J DeMersseman

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Oh, what an atmosphere!

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

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I just don't get it!

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

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