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Eraserhead- a Door to Your Nightmares

Updated on October 17, 2019

My First Movie Hub

When I started writing hubs, I always wanted them to be about unexplained mysteries. That is something I have been interested in since I was a young boy. I also have a passion for films so, It was always my intention to write about a selection of films that have had an impact on me. Eraserhead was always going to be my first movie hub. The film has left such a lasting impression on me. and It's a film I believe everyone should try to watch at least once. If you end up turning the film off, that's fine. At least you gave it a shot, and I know the film is not for everyone. But, if you do watch the film, or have seen the film, please let me know your thoughts in the comments section.


I have always had a love/hate relationship with Eraserhead. I remember me and some friends going to blockbusters every weekend and renting out horror films. I must admit, I have seen a lot of terrible horror films over the years, but also some gems. It got to the point that we were running out of films to choose from, and I had seen Eraserhead there, and while the video cover intrigued me, I never picked it up. So, I decided to take a chance and rent it. At the time, me and my friends were living together, so we always watched films together. When the film began, I was hooked straight away. I had never seen a film like this before, and it seemed to connect with me from start to finish. My friends hated it, and did not make it to the end of the film.

I can understand why people hate this film. There is really no plot, and it is very dark and industrial like. The atmosphere is more intensified by the fact that the film is black and white.This was David Lunch's first film, and I believe it is his best and most original film. The film was released in 1977, and quickly became a cult classic. You can tell a lot of love went into every aspect of the film. In fact, it took David Lynch five years to make it, and rumor has it, that Jack Nance, who is the star of the film, kept the same hairstyle for five years. Now, that is dedication!

Henry's Apartment

The Nightmare

Henry is on vacation. He spends most of his time in his studio flat. His room is dark and depressing, with one window that has no view, only a brick wall about four feet away from his window. He has a plant on his bedside table, without a flower pot. It is like a mountain of mud with flowers on top. He sometimes sits on his bed and stares at the radiator. Inside the radiator is a girl on a stage who smiles and sings to him. It really is depressing and sets the mood for the rest of the film. He has a girlfriend called Mary, who invites him over to her parents house to have dinner. The dinner scene is very strange, but I really don't want to give anything away, just in case you have not seen the film. Mary's mum confronts Henry and tells him that Mary has had a baby, and the baby is at the hospital. This comes as a shock to Henry, as he did not even know she was pregnant. Mary and the baby move in with Henry. And things just go from bad to worse. The baby is not a normal looking baby, but this hideous mutant that never stops crying. Mary gets sick and tired of the constant crying, and leaves Henry. So now, it is just Henry and the baby, which happens to be a very sick baby. Henry is becoming more obsessed with the girl in the radiator, and maybe she is the only one who can help Henry escape from this nightmare.

Girl In The Radiator

What Does It All Mean?

I really think I should stop there. I don't want to spoil the film for anyone who has not seen it. I believe everyone should see this film at least once, or at least try. I do understand that a lot of people will not be able to watch this film from start to finish, and I can understand why. I said I have a love/hate relationship with this film, and I do. I hate it because it seems to tap into my own nightmares and insecurities, but that is why I love it too. The film is absolute genius, and there has never been a film like it. David Lynch has never told anyone his interpretation of the film, and what the film is trying to say. And this has led to many people trying to figure out what the film is about. A lot of people believe the film has a lot to do with fatherhood, and I can understand that point of view. Having a child, for most people, is an amazing experience, but in Eraserhead, it is a nightmare for Henry. The baby is not a real baby, but some sort of mutant that cries constantly. His girlfriend left him, so he has to look after the baby himself. His surroundings give you a sense that he is trapped and can't escape. The only person that understands him is the girl in the radiator. You can tell she really cares for him. She sings him a haunting song.

In Heaven
Everything is fine
In Heaven
Everything is fine

In Heaven
Everything is fine
You got your good thing
And I've got mine

In Heaven
Everything is fine
In Heaven
Everything is fine

In Heaven
Everything is fine
You got your good thing
And you've got mine

In Heaven
Everything is fine
In Heaven

In Heaven
Everything is fine
You've got your good thing
And you've got mine

In Heaven
Everything is fine

Your Own Interpretation

I believe when he looks at the radiator, he is thinking about suicide. Now, the girl in the radiator could be for or against that. Maybe suicide means that they will be together, so she wants that. Or maybe she is trying to tell him that everything will be okay and he will get through this. But I think that Eraserhead wants you to have your own interpretation on what the film is about. There is no point going on the internet and reading what people think the film is about. Watch it and come to your own conclusion. This is what David Lynch wants you to do. And me, personally, I knew what Eraserhead meant to me. From the first time I saw the film I knew, and that was the start of my love/hate relationship with the film.

Lastly, I have to mention the special effects. There has been speculation about how the baby special effect was achieved. It does look very real, and this had led many people to believe that Lynch may have created this effect by using the embalmed fetus of a calf, although Lynch has never confirmed this. It really adds mystery to the film.

There is so much I left out of this hub. I just wanted to give you a taste of what to expect. After reading this, I really hope you will watch Eraserhead. Love it or hate it, I hope you gain something out of watching it. Maybe like me, you will relate to it straight away, with your own interpretation.



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