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Eraserhead (1977)
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Eraserhead (1977) Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

Movie Tagline:
In Heaven Everything Is Fine.

Also Known As:
Eraserhead 2000

Title: Eraserhead
Release Date: March 19, 1977
Runtime: 89 mins
Genre: Drama
All Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Dolby, Mono
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Buried.com Rating: 8.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With E

MPAA Rating: Unrated

David Lynch

Jack Nance ...Henry Spencer (as John Nance)
Charlotte Stewart ...Mary X
Allen Joseph ...Mr. X
Jeanne Bates ...Mrs. X
Judith Roberts ...Beautiful Girl Across the Hall (as Judith Anna...
Laurel Near ...Lady in the Radiator
V. Phipps Wilson ...Landlady (long version)
Jack Fisk ...Man in the Planet
Jean Lange ...Grandmother
Thomas Coulson ...The Boy
John Monez ...Bum
Darwin Joston ...Paul
T. Max Graham ...The Boss (as Neil Moran)
Hal Landon Jr. ...Pencil Machine Operator
Jennifer Chambers Lynch ...Little Girl (as Jennifer Lynch)
Brad Keeler ...Little Boy
Peggy Lynch ...Person Digging in the Alley (long version)
Doddie Keeler ...Person Digging in the Alley (long version)
Gill Dennis ...Man with Cigar
Toby Keeler ...Man Fighting
Jack Walsh ...Mr. Roundheels (as Raymond Walsh)

David Lynch
Fred Baker

David Lynch

David Lynch

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"In Heaven"

More Movie Taglines:
  • In Heaven Everything Is Fine.
  • Warning: the nightmare has not gone away
  • Where your nightmares end...
  • A dream of dark and troubling things
Movie Quote(s):
  • Mary X: You wouldn't mind marrying me, would you Henry? Henry Spencer: Well... No.
  • Mr. X: Well Henry, what do you know? Henry Spencer: Oh, I don't know much of anything.
  • Henry Spencer: So I just, uh... I just cut them up like regular chickens? Mr. X: Sure, just cut them up like regular chickens.
  • Mrs. X: It's Henry isn't it? Mary tells me you're a very nice fellow. What do you do? Henry Spencer: Oh, I'm on vacation. Mrs. X: What did you do?
  • Mr. X: I thought I heard a stranger. We've got chicken tonight. Strangest damn things. They're man made. Little damn things. Smaller than my fist. But they're new. Hi, I'm Bill. Henry Spencer: Hello there. I'm Henry. Mrs. X: Henry works at LaPelle's Factory. Mr. X: Oh. Printing's your business? Plumbing's mine. For 30 years now. I've watched this neighborhood change from pastures to the hell-hole it is now! Mary X: Dad! Mrs. X: Bill! Mr. X: I put every damn pipe in this neighborhood. People think that pipes grow in their homes. But they sure as hell don't! Look at my knees! Look at my knees!
Movie Trivia:
  • The film was created in a piecemeal fashion over 5 years, with many sets rebuilt after being torn down to make way for other work. Through all 5 years, Jack Nance's only request as far as comfort or entertainment went was "a room and a chair," and he kept his hair in the same frizzy style the whole time. The sparse, drawn-out shooting schedule is revealed when at one point, Henry opens a door, and Nance ages 18 months between cuts. 2 years in, cinematographer Herbert Cardwell, 35, died in his sleep. After 4 weeks of searching, Frederick Elmes was chosen to take his place.
  • David Lynch had a lot of trouble getting financial assistance from the AFI, because the script was only 20 pages long. He received a grant from AFI but after about 3 years of production, ran out of money. At one point Terrence Malick screened the film for a potential financial backer, who walked out, calling the movie "bullshit".
  • The mutant baby was apparently created from the embalmed fetus of a calf, although David Lynch has never confirmed this or described how he articulated it. During filming when he watched rushes, he even had the projectionist cover his eyes when takes with the baby were playing, so that no one would know how it was made. After completing the film, Lynch reportedly buried the "Embalmed Calf" in an undisclosed location. At the wrap party, they had a mock wake for it.
  • The soundtrack album was dedicated "...to The Man In the Planet's Sister". The Man In the Planet was played by Jack Fisk, brother of Lynch's then-wife, Mary Fisk. Jack brought his future wife Sissy Spacek to the set to hold the slate during his scenes.
  • Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 25 Most Dangerous Movies".
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