Eraserhead ★★★★

This would've been fantastic as a short film. Despite a rough production process and a micro budget of $10k, Eraserhead is strongest in its technical elements -- an ominous, developed soundscape, cinematography reminiscent of Maya Deren's experimental films, and disturbing visual effects really bring this together. The themes of sexual revulsion and male anxiety surrounding commitment are fascinating, but they're stretched too thin over the 90-minute runtime. This film is undoubtedly disturbing, and while I could probably have enjoyed that in smaller doses, it does become a bit too much in some of the longer sequences. It's nice to see a David Lynch film where the final act is my favorite part, rather than where the film loses me. A bold debut, if nothing more.

Rating: 72/100

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