Thursday, 16 December 2010
Unit 3 - EraserHead (1976 - 1977)
Directed by David Lynch. The film shows how Henry Spencer, the main character, going into madness from trying to survive in a industrial environment, dealing with his angry wife and the screams from his mutated child.
Watching this film from beginning to end, you cannot tell if it's just a nightmare or in reality as the scenes skip from one to another, making the film unable to get registered by viewers who are watching it.
(Lynch, David. (1976-1977). Still Image. http://monsterhunter.coldfusionvideo.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/Eraserhead2.jpg (Accessed on 16th December 2010))
(Lynch, David. (1976-1977). Still Image. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7kgl4AycARw/TNGwNE3MYxI/AAAAAAAAAQA/umkKoMl1uRg/s1600/eraserhead-1977-07-g.jpg (Accessed on 16th December 2010))
The effects the film will do to the viewers is putting them off from having children by the use of horror and many strange events. The reason for it is to show what it's like to deal with children when your not married, and that your partner just leaves you to take all the responsibility as they cannot handle the cries of their child. The film tries to tell it's viewers that both partners are responsible for their child, no matter what. Leaving the child with one of the two parents, shows that they irresponsible.
(Lynch, David. (1976-1977). Still Image. http://carolinehagood.typepad.com/.a/6a011570b57d1c970b012877a9900e970c-800wi (Accessed on 16th December 2010))
One of the scenes, you see Henry Spencer head being used to create erasers for pencils. This shows that his mind is slowing coming into maddness. Near the end, unable to control his maddness, he kills his child, showing confusion and what seems to be a depression or fear. Then hugging a girl for comfort before the end of the film.
(Lynch, David. (1976-1977). Still Image. http://www.bloodsprayer.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/ishot-2058.jpg (Accessed on 9th January 2011))
(Lynch, David. (1976-1977). Still Image. http://www.sensesofcinema.com/wp-content/uploads/images/06/cteq/eraserhead.jpg (Accessed on 9th January 2011))