Popcorn Talk: ‘Eraserhead’ (1977)


Lauren McQueen

The baseball team celebrates with Hunter Beetley (7) after his walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning during the Panthers’ first game of a three-game series against Eastern Kentucky Saturday at Coaches Stadium. The Panthers’ won the first game 13-11.

Logan Raschke, Podcast Editor

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David Lynch’s 1977 indie horror/surrealist film “Eraserhead” is one that cannot be explained, no matter how much viewers want it to make sense. It defies all explanation, and that alone is reason enough to give it a watch.

Lynch uses unsettling imagery that targets our human senses into succumbing to fear and perplexity. We stumble over ourselves trying to make sense out of such a dark, mysterious and uncanny film that has no meaning.

If you’re interested in body horror and surrealism in film, this one takes hold of fundamental human fears: uncertainty and unease.

Even though this is a film that is totally left to each viewer’s interpretation, this episode of Popcorn Talk aims to analyze three central aspects of “Eraserhead”: Henry Spencer, his deformed baby and the woman in the radiator.

The Summer 2020 edition of Popcorn Talk highlights older movies (pre-2010s) that have varying genres, cultures, themes and unique merits. Every movie reviewed is a gem in its own way and is totally worth checking out.

In this episode of “Popcorn Talk,” Logan Raschke, a senior journalism major at Eastern Illinois University and Fall 2020 senior designer and podcast editor for The Daily Eastern News, reviews “Eraserhead.”