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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

"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
"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
"Time drips like old paint in Lynch's surreal experiment, that revels in all things upsetting, disorienting, dark, and mysterious."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"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
"Lynch's remarkable first feature is a true original."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"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
"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."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"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
"It represented a monumental shift in how movies are seen and digested -- one that raised the level of aptitude and film literacy throughout the world."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"...expertly crafted, wildly imaginative and deeply, deeply disturbing"
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"As pure cinema, Eraserhead is in a universe all its own, writing and obeying its own oblique rules."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"David Lynch has "cleaned up" his freaky feature debut, but don't worry - it's still an amazing industrial nightmare."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
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