Eraserhead / Short Films of David Lynch - Limited Edition 2 Disc Gift box
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ERASERHEAD - Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
SHORT FILMS - Collection of highly sourght-after David Lynch shorts, including his first works.
Packaged in a Premium 8x8 Collectors Box with a 20 page Color Booklet.
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Top Customer Reviews
Some will not understand it. Some will be confused by it. Some will be disgusted by it. Some will hate it.
But some will get it. And for those people, it will be an experience like no other.
By "get it" I don't mean that people will uncover some hidden meaning in Eraserhead, or will walk away from the movie understanding what took place. By "get it" I mean that some people--like me--will resonate the movie on an emotional level even if their conscious mind can't make heads or tails of it. This movie is a like a dream that you still feel hours after waking even if its images and ideas don't make any sense to your waking mind.
The only thing I've ever experienced that hits that same level of incoherent emotional intensity would probably be the music of early Industrial music acts like Skinny Puppy. Indeed, the movie's immersive soundtrack is reminiscent of some Industrial music, with its washes of white noise, throbbing bass, and heavy atmosphere. Considering that Eraser was released in the same year as The Second Annual Report of Throbbing Gristle, the album that invented Industrial music, there may be a hidden lineage between this movie and early Industrial acts.
Much like Throbbing Gristle, this movie isn't necessarily a pleasant experience, but it becomes all the more powerful for it's horrific imagery, which is so memorable it will probably be with you the rest of your life. The movie is not a gore-fest or anything so straightforward: it's much more powerful than that. The ending was so visually and emotionally intense that I was staring at my screen, slack jawed and shaking, all throughout the credits and for several minutes afterward. No movie has ever affected me even half as much.
You have to be in a certain mindset to watch and enjoy this movie. It helped define the "midnight movie" phenomenon, and I can see why: even if you just watch it on a laptop, I highly recommend watching it at midnight. If you do, prepare for one of the most intriguing movies you're likely to ever see.
I found this movie to be deeply disturbing. It made me so uncomfortable that I had to turn it off, not because I was bored, but because I was becoming overwhelmed with dread and horror. I first saw it in the 80's and even though I have tried to finish it several times since, I cannot. It is so horrifying that you almost have to watch it to understand. The tension builds and builds with no release.
There is nothing else like it which is probably a good thing. One other reviewer said that you should watch it if you want to desensitize yourself before spending an eternity in Hell. I agree.
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