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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)

Friday, August 7
Doors 7:00 pm | Movie 7:30 pm *Start time subject to change
Tickets $15 advance HERE | $15 at the door

Monday, August 24
Doors 5:45 pm | Movie 6:15 pm *Start time subject to change
Tickets $15 advance HERE | $15 at the door

*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
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PLEASE NOTE: All of the Rio Theatre’s screenings are operating at a sharply reduced capacity. We can’t guarantee availability of tickets at the door, so advance tickets for all screening events are strongly recommended. Our online box office can be found at www.riotheatretickets.ca. Online sales for every screening automatically end 1 hour before any given showtime.

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.

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