I first saw this film lying in bed at about 2am flicking between channels. Its first impression on me was 'great, another "art" movie for the pretentious and/or insomniac generation.' How wrong I was.
One of the major things that I love about Eraserhead, and with a lot of Lynch's work, is the feeling that the film could be set in the past, present, or future. The viewer is not told of the era, location or any other trivialities that may cloud judgment on the plot. And what a plot it is, only surpassed by the soundtrack which is a blistering, frightening and yet enveloping enterage of industrial noise.
Once agin the screenplay is limited, and speech relatively slow (considered) between the cast, a factor that is once agian reproduced in 'Lost Highway', one of Lynchs later movies.
Basically this is a fairy tale for grown ups, and is mesmerising from start to finish. Its 18 certificate is merely to put the censors mind at ease, with no real 'gore' of mention present. This is horror, but in a differnt sense of the word. You are not going to find stereotypical horror processes here, just an original, yet strangely addictive film.
The only reason this DVD dosent get ***** in my opinion is due to the realatively scarce extras. Trailer, and biography/filmography.
Watch this on a nicam speakered TV in the dark with the windows open on a cold night I dare ya!