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Director: David Lynch

Eraserhead

Eraserhead

David Lynch‘s debut feature, ERASERHEAD is one of the “classic” late night titles; a strange, surreal examination of male paranoia with a serious underlying “creep” factor.

Our hero and title character, Henry, faces a number of horrifying obstacles in meeting someone of the opposite sex, meeting her parents, and procreating. Produced during a one-and-a-half-year period while director Lynch was a student at the American Film Institute, the film launched him as a major new talent admired by cinephiles and filmmakers all over the world. It stands today as a milestone in personal, independent filmmaking. Henry (John Nance) resides alone in a bleak apartment surrounded by industrial gloom. When he discovers that an earlier fling with Mary X (Charlotte Stewart) left her pregnant, he marries the expectant mother and has her move in with him. Things take a decidedly strange turn when the couple’s baby turns out to be a bizarre lizard-like creature that won’t stop wailing. Other characters, including a disfigured lady who lives inside a radiator, inhabit the building and add to Henry’s troubles.

David Lynch‘s surreal ERASERHEAD uses detailed visuals and a creepy score to create a bizarre and disturbing look into a man’s fear of parenthood.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

“What makes EREASERHEAD great — and still, perhaps the best of all Lynch’s films? Intensity. Nightmare clarity. And perhaps also it’s the single-mindedness of its vision.” (Chicago Tribune)

“What a masterpiece of texture, a feat of artisanal attention, an ingenious assemblage of damp, dust, rock, wood, hair, flesh, metal, ooze.” (Village Voice)

Monday, July 2
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm

Tickets $10 advance HERE | $12 at the door

*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons, passes, and #SavetheRio “perks” OK! Please redeem at the door.

ERASERHEAD (David Lynch, 1977 / 89 mins / Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive

“Hey, pretty girl, time to wake up.” The Rio Theatre is pleased to present David Lynch‘s sexy, dreamlike and twisty neo-noir MULHOLLAND DRIVE on Monday, April 17. Lynch wrote and directed this story about two women (including Naomi Watts,in her star-making turn) who find themselves walking a fine line between truth and deception in the… Continue Reading

Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart

“This whole world’s wild at heart and weird on top.” Get in to the Valentine’s Day mood with a Friday Late Night screening of David Lynch’s cult-classic WILD AT HEART, starring Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern as  young lovers Sailor and Lula who are forced to go on the run from the variety of weirdos… Continue Reading

Blue Velvet 30th Anniversary Screening

Blue Velvet 30th Anniversary Screening

“Heineken? Fuck that shit! Pabst Blue Ribbon!” Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rosselini and Dennis Hopper turn in some of the best performances of their respective careers in director David Lynch’s ultra cool and very cult neo-noir mystery thriller BLUE VELVET, which is enjoying a rerelease as part of the film’s 30th Anniversary. Strange, sexy, brilliant and… Continue Reading

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

“You know, this is — excuse me — a damn fine cup of coffee!” Despite David Lynch‘s critically acclaimed cult-classic TWIN PEAKS only running on television for two seasons (1990-1991), the show managed to make an enormous impact upon both its devoted audience and the greater pop-culture landscape when the series’ slavish fan following got… Continue Reading

The Gentlemen Hecklers Present: David Lynch’s Dune

The Gentlemen Hecklers Present: David Lynch’s Dune

“He who controls the Spice, controls the universe!” On Monday, November 19, Vancouver’s favorite movie-riffers The Gentlemen Hecklers (comedians Eric Fell and Patrick Maliha, joined by special guest riffer K.C. Novak) are set to crack wise at David Lynch‘s legendary sci-fi cult-classic DUNE (starring Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen, Linda Hunt, José Ferrer, Max von Sydow, Sean… Continue Reading