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Trailers from Hell: Karyn Kusama on David Lynch’s Visionary Feature Debut ‘Eraserhead’

Trailers from Hell: Karyn Kusama on David Lynch's Visionary Feature Debut 'Eraserhead'

This week on Trailers from Hell, “Jennifer’s Body” director Karyn Kusama takes a look at writer/director David Lynch’s extraordinary, surreal debut film “Eraserhead” (1977) which, surprisingly, never had a proper theatrical trailer.

David Lynch’s visionary black comedy was shot in sunny California but the bleakly surreal black and white imagery, full of smoking chimneys and dilapidated walk-ups, suggests a nightmare factory town by way of Diane Arbus. The film has such a uniquely grungy beauty (courtesy of Frederick Elmes’ photography) and featured such eccentrically empathetic characters (in particular the woebegone hero played by Jack Nance) that the prescient Mel Brooks took a chance on the unknown Lynch and hired him to direct “The Elephant Man.”

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