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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Some of it is disturbing, some of it is embarrassingly flat, but all of it shows a degree of technical accomplishment far beyond anything else on the midnight-show circuit."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"You may never figure out the story or what it is meant to convey, but the lighting, effects, editing and directing are so dead on and beautifully executed that the visuals carry the piece over every question mark. In the end the questions beckon you back."
‑ J.C. Mašek III, PopMatters
"...expertly crafted, wildly imaginative and deeply, deeply disturbing"
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"A murkily pretentious shocker."
‑ Tom Buckley, New York Times
"Lynch, as he does with all his films, refuses to explain anything, although he does say that he has yet to read an interpretation that matches his."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"David Lynch never explains because he doesn't need to, his is the faith of the irrational, disconcertingly childlike in its illusionism."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"a nightmarish spin down an industrial-wasteland rabbit hole that is equal parts surreal head-scratcher and emotionally driven horrorshow"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The most terrifying film ever made."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"The mind boggles to learn that Lynch labored on this pic for five years."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"What a masterpiece of texture, a feat of artisanal attention, an ingenious assemblage of damp, dust, rock, wood, hair, flesh, metal, ooze."
‑ Nathan Lee, Village Voice
"David Lynch's Eraserhead must stand as a pinnacle of screen surrealism to rival Bunuel's Un Chien Andalou."
‑ Jason Solomons, Observer [UK]
"Sculpted out of blocks of stark light amid pools of impenetrable darkness."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"By now, the most interesting thing about Lynch's cult-classic debut may be the evidence it offers of how fully his sensibility was formed."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago
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