Eraserhead (1977) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Eraserhead (1977)

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  • Release Date:  1977
  • Genre:  Madness & Paranoia, Neo-monsters
  • Director:  David Lynch
  • Screenwriter:  David Lynch
  • Cast & Crew: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates, Judith Roberts, Laurel Near, V. Phipps-Wilson, Jack Fisk, Jean Lange, Thomas Coulson, John Monez, Darwin Joston, T. Max Graham, Hal Landon Jr., Jennifer Lynch

Eraserhead (1977) Rating:

  • Raoul = 7.5 / 10;
  • Simina = 8.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 7.4 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 8.3 / 10

Eraserhead (1977) Synopsis:

In an industrial post-apocalyptic world, Henry is a worker who lives in a shitty apartment. One day, his girlfriend Mary gives birth to a mutant-looking baby, triggering Henry descent into madness

Eraserhead (1977) Review:

Eraserhead is, in the vein of every Lynch surrealism movie, a very confusing film. It is impossible to understand the first time you watch it, nor the second, nor the third. The film is so metaphoric that all the explanations on the internet actually contradict themselves.

But behind this veil of mystery hides a very atmospheric film. It is very dark and really makes you feel as if you were living through someone’s else nightmare. If you manage to let it go, relax and stop trying to understand what happen, you will experience a movie full of emotions amongst which paranoia, sickness and anxiety were the strongest for me.

The performance  of the main actor is remarkable, and you can almost feel the burden of what is happening to him. The other characters are just too mad to be described with words.

Unlike no horror that you’ve seen before (it is barely horror actually), this movie is an emotional train that everyone need to ride at least once.

Eraserhead (1977) Cast:

Jack NanceJack NanceHenry Spencer (as John Nance)
Charlotte StewartCharlotte StewartMary X
Allen JosephAllen JosephMr. X
Jeanne BatesJeanne BatesMrs. X
Judith RobertsJudith RobertsBeautiful Girl Across the Hall (as Judith Anna Roberts)
Laurel NearLaurel NearLady in the Radiator
V. Phipps-WilsonV. Phipps-WilsonLandlady (long version)
Jack FiskJack FiskMan in the Planet
Jean LangeJean LangeGrandmother
Thomas CoulsonThomas CoulsonThe Boy
John MonezJohn MonezBum
Darwin JostonDarwin JostonPaul
T. Max GrahamT. Max GrahamThe Boss (as Neil Moran)
Hal Landon Jr.Hal Landon Jr.Pencil Machine Operator
Jennifer LynchJennifer LynchLittle Girl