Eraserhead isn’t scary. It’s disturbing. It’s uncomfortable to watch. It’s crafted in such a way to make your skin crawl without evoking any true fear. All those weird dreams you have that are completely surreal and leave you wondering what they were all about after you wake up make up the very essence of this movie. Watch this movie as a child, and you’re likely to have nightmares for the rest of your life and never be able to explain to anyone why a specific image or scene frightened you so much as to create a complex. Watch it as an adult, and you’ll still probably wish that you could scrub various parts from your mind.
Director David Lynch did a masterful job of poking the parts of your brain that are rarely used to elicit a response. Especially if you have ever had fears about becoming a father. This is more of an “art house film” than anything else. Unfortunately, that means many people won’t have the patience for this movie. I wouldn’t recommend this movie to more than maybe 2 or 3 of my friends. However, if you consider yourself someone who really appreciates art or loves surrealism and want to see a film that really breaks the mold, check out Eraserhead.