WHAT A MASTERPIECE OF TEXTURE, A FEAT OF ARTISANAL ATTENTION, AN INGENIOUS ASSEMBLAGE OF DAMP, DUST, ROCK, WOOD, HAIR, FLESH, METAL, OOZE.
Part nightmare, part horror film, part visual art, part post-apocalyptic social commentary, Eraserhead is utterly timeless. Henry lives in a desolate and decrepit industrial world. Thrust into his world is what resembles something of a child but is perhaps more alien than anything. Henry is forced to look after the child whose behavior becomes nothing short of torture for him and during which period he succumbs to all manner of hallucinations – including the famous “woman in the radiator”.
Despite its abstract nature Eraserhead contains a good deal of reality especially for parents who’ve had one of those babies that never seems to settle. But what is most impressive is how in its abstractness the film can elicit such strong responses from audiences.
In what remains an enormous inspiration to filmmakers today Eraserhead is timeless in its visceral tone and hypnotic in its many deep and brutalist textures. It is unquestionably one of the must-see films for anyone even remotely interested in cinema.
Eraserhead is presented in each location for a once-only special double feature with the new documentary David Lynch: The Art Life. Check schedule for details. Special prices apply.