Eraserhead

Release Date: September 11th, 1990

DVD Release Date: January 10th, 2006

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary

Henry (John Nance) resides alone in a bleak apartment surrounded by industrial gloom. When he discovers that an earlier fling with Mary X (Charlotte Stewart) left her pregnant, he marries the expectant mother and has her move in with him. Things take a decidedly strange turn when the couple's baby turns out to be a bizarre lizard-like creature that won't stop wailing. Other characters, including a disfigured lady who lives inside a radiator, inhabit the building and add to Henry's troubles.

Cast: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates, Judith Roberts, Laurel Near, Jack Fisk, Jean Lange

Director: David Lynch

Genres: Horror

Production Co: American Film Institute

Keywords: Temptation, Girlfriend, Dark

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Peter SobczynskiRogerEbert.com

    Here was a film that took elements that one might have encountered in other movies in the past—black humor, gore, surrealism, erotic imagery, gorgeous black-and-white cinematography and oddball performances—and presented them in such a unique and deeply personal manner that the end result was something that literally looked, sounded and felt like nothing that had ever come before it. show more

  • 100
    Chuck BowenSlant Magazine

    Eraserhead is an extraordinarily raw film that’s not so much an announcement of its filmmaker’s obsessions, but a complete, intimate, and heartbreaking fulfillment of them. show more

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    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; Lynch's complete control over this material, where, working on a shoestring, he served as director, producer, writer, editor and sound designer. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com