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Eraserhead Review


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It's understandable if at first you feel as though you're not getting enough information about Eraserhead's setting. And the timing is likely to puzzle you, too - not just the pace of conversations (of which there are few), but the sensuous, heavy-lidded rhythms of the entire movie. Then there's the plot... Or is there? At least there's a main character, a pasty, suited man who vibrates with something like extreme anxiety and hurries through the oily puddles of his weirdly industrial neighborhood as though someone were chasing him. The audience would read this character as a freak for a wealth of reasons, but his most conspicuous feature is his hairdo: a shock of frizz that shoots straight up off his head like the Bride of Frankenstein's, but blunt-cut across the top, like the eraser on the end of a pencil. The film gleans its title from this distinctive look: Eraserhead. It's one of the most thrillingly irrational films you'll ever see.

The talent behind Eraserhead is that one truly surrealist presence in mainstream American film, David Lynch. Later Lynch would expose the subterranean evil of Capra-esque America in 1986's Blue Velvet, recast The Wizard of Oz among the riotously criminal milieu of 1990's Wild at Heart, and offer us a circuitous journey down Los Angeles's famed Mulholland Drive in 2001 (although you won't be there to admire the view). And critics and audiences will marvel at the perversity of it all.

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Tremors 3: Back To Perfection Review


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Once you figure out their mode of attack, those mutated worm creatures (i.e., Graboids) are pretty goddamned easy to kill. Straight-to-video sequel Tremors 3: Back To Perfection opens with survivalist and full-time "Big Monster Hunter" Burt Gummer (Michael Gross, having fun) down in Argentina wiping out an entire colony of Shriekers (the further evolved Graboids from Tremors 2: Aftershocks) with an antiaircraft gun. The rules of engagement are becoming old hat for Burt, who's taken to inviting news crews to film his mass destruction.

Back to basics. Our man Burt returns home to Perfection, the one-horse town plagued by killer wormies in the original Tremors. Things are a little different now -- this community has become something of a tourist attraction for gawkers to snap photos of El Graboids. The worms have their own Dark Horse comic book on the racks, for God's sake! Obnoxious Melvin Plug (Robert Jayne, the whiny little kid from the original Tremors all grown up, one of many recurring characters) is seizing up all the property as a grand-scale capital investment, harboring ideas of transforming this quaint little village into Condo Central. Safari Jack (Shawn Christian, a new face) takes families out on phony Graboid hunts for a few bucks. Burt's pretty disgusted by the whole thing, if you wanna know the truth.

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