Eraserhead is a 1977 American surrealist body horror film written and directed by filmmaker David Lynch. Initial casting for the film began in 1971, and Jack Nance was quickly selected for the lead role. Eraserhead 's production crew was very small, composed of Lynch; sound designer Alan Splet; cinematographer Herb Cardwell. Lynch worked with Alan Splet to design the film's sound. After being recorded, sounds were further augmented by alterations to their pitch, reverb and frequency.