->''In Heaven, everything is fine.''\\
''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.

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] the Filipino rock band, Music/TheEraserheads, or the [[Manga/MyHeroAcademia codename of Pro Hero Shota Aizawa.]]
!!"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 and the Baby.
* BladeOfGrassCut: Frequent, unsettling cuts to unrelated, often unidentifiable objects.
* BodyHorror: Henry's baby, The Man in the Planet's skin, and 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.
* DroneOfDread: Used extensively throughout the soundtrack.
* DysfunctionJunction: Except for Henry -- but who knows, [[MindScrew maybe this movie is just his hallucinations]].
* {{Dystopia}}
* EmergingFromTheShadows: Used extensively due to the film's eerie cinematography often bathing characters in darkness.
* EvilLaugh: Near the end of the film, the Baby begins cackling incessantly, which seems to be the point where Henry finally decides to [[spoiler:kill it]].
* TheEyesHaveIt: The Baby. While it isn't completely still, most of its other movements [[UncannyValley are stiff and artificial enough to make it look like it wasn't alive anyway]]. The eyes mainly move to remind you this thing is alive and is apparently [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman some]] kind of human in order to add to the wrongness.
* FaceFramedInShadow: Done occasionally, such as with the Man in the Planet.
* FetusTerrible
* GainaxEnding: The film's final scene has [[spoiler:Henry and the Lady in the Radiator hugging as they are bathed in white light before the film [[NoEnding inexplicably and abruptly stops]]]].
** When specifically talking about the beginning (in a case of [[InvertedTrope inversion]]), 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.
* TheGrimReaper: A common interpretation of the Lady in the Radiator.
* 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.
* MadeOfPlasticine: The Baby, as shown in the scene where [[spoiler:Henry kills it]].
* MindScrew: Easily the masterwork of surrealism in cinema, and for good reason. What ''is'' this movie about?
* NamelessNarrative: Almost. Just Henry and Mary have names.
* 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
* OffWithHisHead: One of Henry's stranger visions is when [[spoiler:his head inexplicably pops off, the Baby creeps up out of the stump produced in its wake, and it ends up falling into a pool of blood onto a street where a boy finds it and takes it to a pencil factory to be made into erasers]].
* OntologicalMystery: Henry with his commitment to the Baby.
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler:Mary leaves]].
* RandomEventsPlot: And it's non-chronological, too. Have fun!
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Creator/JackNance'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
* SlasherSmile: Mr. X has one for way too long when Edward is trying to eat his (squirming) chicken.
* SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic: Surreal.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The Lady in the Radiator's song. "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 ScienceFiction 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: One of the golden examples in the film. The Baby provides the trope image.
* SurrealSymbolicHeads: Heads are the {{Body Motif|s}} of the film. The Baby 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]].
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The Baby, which exhibits only basic human characteristics but is on all other levels inhuman.
* WorldOfSymbolism: Though just what it all symbolizes is a very open question.