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YMMV / Eraserhead

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Henry a put upon man, a neurotic womanizer, or, indeed, completely insane? Did Henry kill his child out of disgust/hatred? Or was he trying to put the child out of its misery?
  • 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...
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  • Ear Worm: The Lady in the Radiator's song "In Heaven" is guaranteed to stay inside your head for a long time.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The Baby and the Lady in the Radiator are the most popular characters in the film.
  • 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 it's just one huge metaphor for marriage and commitment.
    • Or guilt and suicide.
    • Or abortion.
  • 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.
  • Nausea Fuel: The Baby is likely to make you feel squeamish, especially in the scene where it gets sick and when Henry kills it.
  • 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.
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    • Another interpretation is that the worms are developing fetuses of monster-children much like the baby Henry and Mary already produced.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: The movie is well-known for being surreal as hell and is one of David Lynch's best-known works.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • The Baby can come off as adorable if you can get past the fact that it looks like a misshapen Apatosaurus head sticking out of a bundle of gauze.
    • The Lady in the Radiator isn't too ugly, her main deformity being her oddly-shaped cheeks.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Virtually everything, but especially The Baby. To this day, we still don't know exactly how it was made.
  • The Woobie: There are some characters in the film that you'd simply have to pity.
    • Henry deserves sympathy for being left by Mary X to raise the Baby alone.
    • The Baby itself has a difficult existence and ends up killed by its father.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: It wasn't. David Lynch doesn't need drugs.note