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Eraserhead (1977)

Director: David Lynch
Writer: David Lynch
Cast: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph
Genre: Surrealistic Horror

The unrequited consequences of an unwanted pregnancy...David Lynch imparts a claustrophobic feeling of utter hopelessness as the helpless couple are trapped by the horrors of parenthood...which is thrust upon them in a most unexpected manner.

The unprepared couple are ill equipped to live in the real world, instead they sequester themselves into their own personal solitary confinement and grow stranger by the minute.

Through the expert control of subdued and focused lighting, combined with underexposing black & white film stock, Lynch creates layers of atmosphere that transforms Eraserhead from a mere movie to a film that is on par with the expressionistic painter, Edvard Munch.

With visions of things that might be...the young father-to-be sees a young woman dancing on a stage, whenever he blankly stares at the sweltering radiator. Her future existences hangs in balance with his decision that ways heavily upon his mind. She's the daughter he can choose to have, or throw away.

This young woman, like most of us, only wants to be accepted for who she is. Her heart is light and she loves her father and needs only one thing, his love in return. But can he give it?

The score which was flat out brilliant created tension, seemingly out of thin air. The actors too, while not having many lines really imparted a sense of foreboding doom just by the looks on their taunt faces.

I'm impressed with this film. It's a major accomplishment for a young director's first feature length film. I could write a novel about this movie as there's a lot to take in.