Eraserhead – The Movie Not For You
Warning – The Following Inner Monologue is Merely Fan Fiction!!!
1. The-birds-and- the-bees intro… and god no… not the stuff you see in your average-joe midnight flicks… but downright bizarre… boy do I love bizarre… by way of illustration – a giant sperm goes on to fly in the air and boom! – it splashes down into a whirlpool… oh, how I like the smell of fresh bizarre in the morning!
So, if this is what surrealist sex would look like:
“… My wife with the sex of a mining-placer and of a platypus
My wife with a sex of seaweed and ancient sweetmeat
My wife with a sex of mirror
My wife with eyes full of tears
With eyes of purple panoply and of a magnetic needle
My wife with savanna eyes
My wife with eyes of water to he drunk in prison
My wife with eyes of wood always under the axe
My wife with eyes of water-level of level of air earth and fire” – “Freedom Of Love” by Mr. Andre Breton, Father of Surrealism
Now try and replace every “wife” occurrence with “yeast infection” and there you have it.
2. Oh, Mr. Meeseeks, I wish for at least one possible way to do subconsciousness just without the characters actually saying it like I’m some kind of a slack moneygrabber.
Bingo! It was the scenography all along: industrial zone, urban dystopia, sludge, and filth… a climate of machinery sounding as my background noise.
3. Long, awkward silences in conversations. Let’s just make our audience feel as awkward as we can. The characters’ behavior must at all times be described as “man, like what the…” and the characters are required to accept their disturbing surroundings as no less than real life.
4. And since all of the above is just not the right amount of unpleasant and just for the sake of it, I’m planning to add: one extra man with a real graphic skin disease; one woman with some morbidly swollen pair of cheeks; a couple of teeny tiny roasted chickens that dissolve into dark goo the minute you shove your fork and now you have to eat it.
5. What this movie needs is this somewhat exotic prop, the likes of this key thing of a suspicious legal nature … Not a chance, no, it has got to be a living thing so that it captures nicely the living spirit of my fine feature.
6. A movie my kids probably won’t like. Oh, no reason. Why? What do you know?
7. I will never ever say a word about my initial point behind this NON-STORY because how else would I keep them talking forever.
And also, what if it’s too shallow or anything…
What? What’s inspired me? First of all, standing out of the crowd by any means available. Second: Kafka. Kafka is my tribe. Kafka and his story of a man who turned into a cockroach overnight and after a series of “well, this sucks” his family finally got fed up and let it slip how “that cockroach had ruined their lives” and then he died of depression. Also, Gogol. The nose story. Brilliant!
In terms of cinematography, though, I would have to say black-and-white Fellini.
Speaking of, I just got the idea that I’ll go with black and white.
So he said and so he did.
The camera box has very claustrophobically enframed the peculiar composition of “Eraserhead”. It dives miles beyond the subconscious and into the nightmare his lead – Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) passively endures until just before the very ending of the movie.
But, to explain the “Eraserhead” would be like cutting a tiny roasted chicken open to see what makes up the goo: you may get your answer, but you tend to ruin the creepsperience in the process. You get the memo. Did Lynch, tho?
While it’s up for debate with today’s film-school youth whether it is “with it”, “quite the thing”, or “happening” enough to be into Lynch right now, it’s a non-negotiable that this is your major cinema experience, one that has sent shivers down Kubrick’s and Coppola’s spine, and has also got musician Trent Reznor’s pulse racing, so now he’d rather die than give this living exotic prop control over his life.
So, our point being – this is no rainbow-monkey flick, but there appears to be something about the bold, raw surrealism and exposed, bare-naked taboos that keeps turning heads over the years, and one thing it will surely do is broaden your horizons. Now, go on, give it a shot and write an eraserhead scene into a best-selling fan fiction short story, we double dare you, nice person.