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Eraserhead

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Well, what can I say? 'Eraserhead' was David Lynch's (Twin Peaks, Dune, Lost Highway) first film. Like 'Clerks', 'Eraserhead' is filmed in black and white under what can only be described as a non-existent budget.

Loosely, 'Eraserhead' is the story of a guy who learns that his ex-girlfriend (who he hasn't seen in a long while) has had his baby. This baby, extremely deformed (as it is supposed to be premature... in this case I guess VERY premature!) and his dealings with his girlfriend (now wife), her family, and his neighbors, make up the bulk of the story of this film.

Like many of Lynch's films, 'Eraserhead' is very cerebral. If I had to guess, there is probably 20 spoken lines of dialogue in this film, with the rest being strange sequences of dark, gloomy images and strange, often disturbing sound.

To be honest, if it weren't for the inclusion of the name of this film in a certain song by the group 'Dead Kennedys', I would never have seen this film. I am unsure whether or not I can recommend this film. I love showing it to people, and talking about what their thoughts and opinions on the film are, but I would not recommend it to someone who is looking to rent a film to sit back and relax with after work or on a weekend. (Trust me, your buddies will *NOT* like you if you bring over this movie!!)

If you liked movies like 'Naked Lunch' and 'Kafka', then 'Eraserhead' may very well be your cup of tea. If you hated (or have never heard of) either of those movies, you may want to stay clear of this film and rent one of the "Lethal Weapon" series films instead. (Ed. Note: 'Eraserhead' has been out of print for a very long time. The last time I was able to find a rental copy of this film it was at a Wherehouse Records store. If you can find one in your area that is still open, you may want to start your search for this film there.)

'Eraserhead' is rated "R" for severe bizarreness and occasional language. There is no nudity in this film.

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