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-->''In Heaven, everything is fine.''\\
''In Heaven, everything is fine.''\\
''You've got your good things. And I've got mine.''

A 1977 SurrealHorror film by Creator/DavidLynch. The film is notable for being Lynch's feature-length film debut.

Henry Spencer was on vacation. Mary X, his old girlfriend, [[AdultFear had a deformed baby]]. "They're still not sure if it ''is'' a baby." She gave it to him and left. He had difficulty raising it.

[[MindScrew There was a lady speaking from his radiator]]. There was a Beautiful Girl Across The Hall. There was a man in a pencil factory. There was a planet.

[[FromBadToWorse Henry's baby got sick]]. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero He tried to help it]].

The film is slow paced, almost completely void of dialogue, and can safely be called the most popular student art film ever made. It is beautiful, terrifying, and uses hauntingly realistic effects.
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!!! "A dream of dark and troubling tropes":

* AlienLunch: "Just like regular chickens"
* AdultFear: If giving birth to a creature so horrible that no sentient being would want to touch it with a 10-foot pole isn't every soon-to-be parent's worst nightmare, then the fact that it makes your spouse leave you and force you to raise it by yourself certainly is. Loathing one's own baby to the point that [[spoiler:stabbing it through the lung (if you can even define it as a "lung") with scissors]] becomes a viable option is something no adult wishes to experience. Oh, and the fact that everything else in this movie is filled to the brim with the regular kinds of fears doesn't exactly help.
* AlienGeometries: Henry walking into the "factory" door (actually an unusually shaped bridge abutment in industrial Philadelphia)
* AllJustADream: Another common interpretation is that Henry is having a dream about his life and problems, and [[spoiler:the light at the end is the sun waking him up]].
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Henry kills the baby]]. It comes back and eats him.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Horribly subverted. Wait until you [[BodyHorror see it]].
* BizarreAlienBiology: The chicken, the baby.
* BladeOfGrassCut: Frequent, unsettling cuts to unrelated, often unidentifiable objects.
* BodyHorror: Henry's baby, The Man in the Planet's skin, The Lady in the Radiator's cheekbones
* BodyMotifs: Heads
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The manager's assistant at the pencil factory
** Everyone. Save ''maybe'' [[OnlySaneMan Henry.]]
* CrapsackWorld[=/=]CosmicHorrorStory Crapsack mainly in the sense of having a world with no [[OntologicalMystery logical order or cause of events.]] Also in the sense of [[GodIsEvil The Man In the Planet]] controlling things or if you believe [[EpilepticTrees Henry's baby is the personification of fate.]]
* DeathBySex: Less of a DeathBySex than a Death by Parenthood.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome
* DerangedAnimation: Perfectly describes the clay animation that the worm moves in during one transitory scene.
* DieselPunk
* {{Dreamland}}: One interpretation of the world in the radiator.
* DysfunctionJunction: Except for Henry -- but who knows, [[MindScrew maybe this movie is just his hallucinations]].
* {{Dystopia}}
* EmergingFromTheShadows
* TheEyesHaveIt
* FetusTerrible
* [[GainaxEnding Gainax Beginning]]: One of the more difficult scenes to place chronologically is the beginning, a slow zoom onto what appears to be an asteroid. It is inhabited by the Man in the Planet. ([[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory God? Satan?]])
* GhostCity: Very few people seem to live in the city where Henry does.
* GrumpyOldMan: Mr. X
* HumanoidAbomination: The baby. Lampshaded by Mary:
--> "The doctors aren't sure it even IS a baby!"
* ImprobableHairstyle: Henry.
* InformedAbility: Henry is very clever at printing, but he's on vacation.
* KickTheDog: Henry [[spoiler: kills the baby]] because it prevented him from cheating on his girlfriend and generally drove him insane.
* LargeHam: The Manager of the Pencil Factory
-->OKAY PAUL!
* [[MadeOfPlasticine Made Of Embalmed Flesh]]
* MindScrew: What ''is'' this movie about?
* NoEnding: The film just stops.
* NoIndoorVoice: The manager of the pencil factory
* NoNameGiven: Lampshaded in the credits.
* NostalgicMusicbox: The first time we see him go home, Henry plays seemingly his only record (One of Fats Waller playing the organ), and reminisces about Mary.
* NothingIsScarier
* OntologicalMystery
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler:Mary leaves]].
* RandomEventsPlot: And it's non-chronological, too. Have fun!
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Jack Nance's haircut. Also, some theories of David Lynch's fear of parenthood. The city is also inspired by Lynch living in an impoverished neighbourhood of Philadelphia while attending art college.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: If the baby, looking like the love child of a tadpole and the Loch Ness monster, counts.
* ScareChord: Henry's baby ''is'' sick.
* SceneryPorn: Beautiful black and white photography is one of the movie's biggest strengths.
* SexIsEvil: In real life parents already have a good chance of producing mentally and physically deformed children, and this is a fear of many expectant parents. In Henry's world, however, this tends to go [[UpToEleven off the deep end.]]
* SilenceIsGolden
* SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic: Surreal.
* SoundtrackDissonance: "In Heaven, everything is fine/In Heaven, everything is fine/You've got your good things and I've got mine."
* SpeculativeFiction: The movie feels like science fiction at times, but is almost old fashioned in many other aspects.
* TheSpeechless: The Man in the Planet and Paul. Mary's grandmother is apparently paralyzed or something.
* SurrealHorror: Provides the trope image.
* SurrealSymbolicHeads: Heads are the {{Body Motif|s}} of the film. The baby's is deformed and resembles a chicken, and Henry grows one himself in a DreamSequence.
* TakeOurWordForIt: David Lynch refuses to say how they made the baby.
* TitleDrop: Somewhat. "His head... has some erasable qualities..."
* TheVamp: [[NoNameGiven Beautiful Girl Across the Hall]]
* WorldOfSymbolism: Though just what it all symbolizes is a very open question.
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