Eraserhead
Director: 
David Lynch
Year: 
1977
Rating: 
Not Rated
Run Time: 
89 mins
Cast: 
Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph

The ne plus ultra of midnight movies, at once enormously influential and inimitable. A pompadoured Jack Nance plays henpecked Henry, a miserable, furtive figure traversing a clangorous industrial landscape whose nights are made interminable by the incessant squalling of his mutant baby. Funny, frightening, and unforgettable, Lynch’s years-in-the-making first feature is like a volcanic eruption of dormant creative energy. 

David Lynch once described his stunning debut feature simply as “a dream of dark and troubling things,” but the unclassifiable "Eraserhead" is so much more: an expressionistic headtrip, a Grand Guignol nightmare, a pitch-black comedy of manners, and even a deeply personal allegory about the (post-) nuclear family. Amidst a monochromatic wasteland teeming with smoke and shadows, Jack Nance’s wire-haired wage slave Henry struggles to navigate the horrors of mutant offspring, sinister hallucinations and, most terrifying of all, his new in-laws.