21 Amazing Psychedelic Horror Films

Eraserhead (1977)

David Lynch's 1977 surrealist nightmare "Eraserhead" demands a place on this list, and with good reason. This dark, Kafkaesque film encloses the viewer in a black-and-white maze of riddles and horrors -- and the central, disturbing enigma in this maze happens to be a deformed, vaguely-avian infant/thing. The soundtrack also served as a precursor to the dark ambient musical genre, so it's highly disturbing even with your eyes shut.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.