Eraserhead (1977)

DailyView: Day 102, Movie 173

What the hell am I watching?

I am a huge fan of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, but I have to say that Eraserhead feels like Twin Peaks on the strongest available hallucinogen possible.

What is happening?

I’m not sure how to go into a plot synopsis for this movie, because I am legitimately do not know what is going on. Jack Nance, who was the ever awesome Pete on Twin Peaks, is a guy named Henry Spencer. There was a woman who had Henry’s baby, which kind of looked like a lizard. His head gets decapitated after… I’m going to call it…sex with the neighbor. Then he wakes up. Was that a dream? Is all of this a dream?

According to Wikipedia, Eraserhead is an “experimental body horror film” written, directed produced, and edited by David Lynch. It was his first feature length film after a series of shorts that he had directed. The film is shot completely in black and white and has Lynch’s bizarre sense of imagery.

One of the film’s most standout elements is the sound. The use of sound in the movie is utterly disturbing, engaging and off-putting at the same time.

There are several moments of humor mixed in the bizarre darkness of this world, again making me think of Twin Peaks. The outlandish and unorthodox scenes are filled with symbolism, much of that dealing with sexual intercourse.

This has become a cult movie and I can see why. I do not know what to think about it. It is the weirdest thing I have seen with some really disturbing moments. How to rate this? I really am not sure. Maybe I need to create a new category for this one.

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