Eraserhead

USA | 1977 | 89 minutes | David Lynch

April 14, 2017

Now It's Dark: The Films of David Lynch | 35mm

In heaven everything is fine.

Lynch's feature film debut was greeted with massive acclaim on the midnight movie circuit and stands as one of the most haunting and renowned cult classics of American cinema, introducing audiences to the director's unique, unsettling aesthetic. Set in an eerily dark, fetid industrial landscape, the film follows a young couple (Jack Nance and Charlotte Stewart) as they struggle with married life and the arrival of an unexpected and hideously deformed child. Nightmarish hallucinations, adultery, and violence follow as the family dissolves in their squalid existence. Meticulously constructed sound design and visceral black-and-white cinematography create a grotesque and surreal cinematic experience, foreshadowing Lynch's later mainstream successes which plumb the vile and insidious depths of the American family.

  • Director: David Lynch
  • Principal Cast: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1977
  • Running Time: 89 minutes
  • Screenplay: David Lynch
  • Cinematographers: Herbet Cardwell, Frederick Elmes
  • Editors: David Lynch
  • Music: David Lynch
  • Language: English
  • US Distributor: Janus Films