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ERASERHEAD

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Eraserhead is one of my favorite films. It is rather disconcerting and stark in a sense, and I've never seen another film like it.

There is a sort of documentary about Lynch and his work titled Pretty as a Picture, and it sheds some light on how Eraserhead was made (which is interesting). I can't recall if that documentary is where I heard it, but Lynch has claimed that Eraserhead is an expression (in part) of how it felt for him to become a father.

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Lynch has never topped the weird imagery he created for this definite cult film. I think some of his recent work is self indulgent and over rated. But "Eraserhead" is a true midnight classic.

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I'd agree that he hasn't topped himself in that sense; although for me it's more enjoyable to see some of his later movies like Blue Velvet or Wild at Heart. But to be honest, I didn't really enjoy his most recent films all that much.

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Has anybody seen this? I've caught some clips and it looks like the original torture porn movie? I have seen Passolini's "Teorama" a very strange movie.

 

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I don't associate "porn" with this film but I could imagine some claiming this is an obscene film. (And we don't see actual childbirth's on American TV either. "Too obscene" is what some would say.)

 

Still, I don't know anyone who walks out of an ERASERHEAD theater thinking they're clean and sweet-smelling afterward, let's say.

 

I'd consider it an essential in modern cult films, and I'd vote for his BLUE VELVET and perhaps ELEPHANT MAN to have a similar status. But if those films have discomforting moments (like paper cuts or fingernails on a chalkboard), I'd give ERASERHEAD an ambiance more like a dental drill or maybe sliding down 100 feet of asphalt after a bike wreck. There's "discomfort" and then there's "Discomfort".

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I would never refer to "Eraserhead" as porn. ( I was thinking about another film but I posted here by mistake). I imagine parents watching "Eraserhead" would be feel very disturb by the baby monster scenes.

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To me one of the most disturbing things about Eraserhead was something no one else has mentioned - namely its sounds; like vast underground machines at work and the dance music underscoring the "radiator girl". All in all, the movie was like a gigantic nightmare and so distrubing that when I saw it for a second time, I had to walk out to the lobby and leave my friend to absorb the rest of it by himself.

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Joefilmone was referring to Pasolini's *Salo*. When a movie gets a Criterion Collection release, Joe, it's safe to say it isn't porn. Pretty disturbing work, but not porn.

 

I agree about the sounds layering through *Eraserhead* as being major parts of the tone.

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my favorite lynch film is blue velvet. i feel eraserhead and blue velvet are equally well made (logical response to the films). danny peary in his book cult movies has written probably the best ever review of the film. i highly recommend that fans of the film seek it out. also, the before mentioned documentary pretty as a picture is great as well.

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I consider it one of the best horror films ever made. I even have the soundtrack album. And it's a real "sound" track album!:)

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"Torture Porn" is the term given to newer "horror" movies like the "Saw" franchise or "Hostel" where there isn't anything really scarey or suspeseful, just a lot of squirming at the sight of scenes of torture in these movies.

 

I have seen a "highlight" reel of "Salo..." on YouTube and one could surely draw a line from it to certain films of the last decade.

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