Saturday, October 30, 2010

31 Days of Halloween: Eraserhead

Here we are: Devil's Night's day, dawn of my last Halloween entry for 2010.  I have to admit, I feel like I've blown my load a little bit.  This wasn't designed to be a countdown, but now I can't escape this nagging idea that I should have been leading up to something huge.  There are a couple films I scratched off the list as I moved forward.  Funny Games got the brush because, while the concept is terrifying, the film itself isn't one I particularly enjoy.  Martin, Shaun of the Dead, and Alien were all still in the running in spite of the fact that, while Alien is one of my all-time favorite movies, I don't consider it at all a horror film.  So, in heaven, everything is fine, and on this Devil's Night, we will speak of the second David Lynch movie to make this list: Eraserhead.  If you watch Eraserhead with the sound up in a dark room late at night by yourself, I think it's very likely that the film will haunt your dreams.  Describing Eraserhead serves no purpose, for Eraserhead is less a film and more an atmosphere.  It is the paranoia of its protagonist; a nightmare of industry, an at times incoherently disorienting black & white noise that wallows in its weirdness and lurks down the pitch dark corridors like a modern art freakshow.  Its wonders are horrors and vice versa.  As a movie, it is one of the all-time freaky-deakys, and as Tracy Jordan told us, freaky-deakys need love too.   

Bonus time!  Just to feed M.'s harmless backyard creature phobia, we present David Lynch's "Rabbits"!

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