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YMMV: Eraserhead
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Henry a put upon man, a neurotic womanizer, or, indeed, completely insane?
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Two major scenes in the movie could either be this or subtle touches of symbolism.
    • The twenty or so minutes of deleted scenes from the original print (now lost) were supposedly cut for being too much BLAM...
  • Ear Worm: the "Lady in the Radiator" scene. Among other kinds of worm.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The baby.
    • The lady in the radiator.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Henry's world certainly feels like purgatory.
  • Faux Symbolism: Several scenes in this movie could be either very, very surreal touches of symbolism or a random Big Lipped Alligator Moment.
    • Some notice its just one huge metaphor for marriage and commitment.
    • Or guilt and suicide.
    • Or abortion.
  • Freud Was Right
  • I Am Not Shazam: There is nobody named "Eraserhead" in this movie. Despite what you might think, the title doesn't refer to Henry's haircut, it refers to a scene in the movie where somebody makes pencils out of his severed head. It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context.
  • Nightmare Fuel: It's David Lynch, what do you expect?
  • Nausea Fuel: The Baby.
  • Squick: See Nightmare Fuel and add the worms (quite possibly giant sperm) that are everywhere.
    • They may symbolize giant sperm, but they are umbilical cords swiped out of a hospital dumpster. One assistant stepped on one accidentally and was so disgusted that she quit the whole production.
    • Another interpretation is that the worms are developing foetuses of monster-children much like the baby Henry and Mary already produced.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible
  • The Woobie: Henry, briefly, Paul, The Baby.
  • Ugly Cute: The baby.
    • And the Lady in the Radiator.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: It wasn't. David Lynch doesn't need drugs.
    • Apparently there was an interview where he was asked if he took drugs. Lynch said "Yes, I eat huge amounts of sugar" and there was a long silence.

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