Jacob's Ladder

Jacob's Ladder

DVD - 1990
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Jacob is a man living in a nightmare. Having survived Vietnam, he's back home in New York City. But memories of both his wartime demons and the accidental death of his son haunt and terrorize him. Jacob's grip on reality begins to slip and only his friend can save him.
Publisher: [Canada] : Maple Pictures, ©1990.
Edition: Special edition.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm.


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LPL_KevinC Nov 12, 2018

This movie needs more demons. The production design team did such a good job with the spooky demonic imagery that I felt there was something lacking after the second act. The story itself was solid even if it was a little telegraphed. As always, a good, grimy 80s New York can really enhance a movie for me.

Feb 19, 2016

The most unsettling and memorable movie I've ever seen. It was terrifying, not only on an emotional level, but as an intellectual experience. This is a movie you will not forget.


To make it all the more extraordinary......in the end, you may realize that almost the entire movie was a fabrication of a dying mind, with its synapses firing in their death throes with a final dreamlike reality.

Feb 15, 2016

A somewhat forgotten/overlooked film from the early 90s that reaches back to the paranoid thrillers of the 70s and forward to mess with you head films like "Memento" and "The Matrix." Tim Robbins is a Vietnam vet working as a mailmen who is having some disturbingly convincing flashbacks. Or are they? The film does a good job blurring the line between reality and dream in a way that keeps the audience off guard. It has some similarities to "Flatliners," released the same year, but is far more intense and unsettling. Robbins is good in the lead and the supporting cast includes Elizabeth Pena, Danny Aiello, Ving Rhames, and Jason Alexander. It's something of a departure for director Adrian Lynne, better known for sexy pants movies like "9 1/2 Weeks" and "Indecent Proposal." The title references the Old Testament story.

Mar 19, 2015

Warning - dark, graphic, impossible to look away. I suggest this only be watched by those with a firm hold on reality.

Jan 23, 2015

A great movie along the lines of Donnie Darko.

Aka_Aka_Aka Dec 20, 2014

Believe me - 1990's "Jacob's Ladder" is quite an interesting look at the potential post-war effects of the involuntary taking of experimental, adrenalin-inducing drugs.

Jacob Singer is a Vietnam-Vet now comfortably living in NYC, working for the US Postal Service. He suddenly finds himself haunted and traumatized by the unknown. Jacob is feeling very much like a drowning man who's sinking fast under the pressure of frightening hallucinations that can't be distinguished from reality.

Where the comfort and safety of Jacob's reality ends, and the paranoia and terror of his hallucinations begin, quickly becomes blurred, and obliterated, and impossible for him (or us) to determine.

Jacob is so completely wound up, believing he has nowhere to turn for help, that he suffers a severe panic attack. Neither his close friends, nor his girlfriend, can coherently reach him any longer. In fact, from Jacob's twisted perspective, they all seem to have joined in with this wicked conspiracy that has transpired against him.

Superlatives for "Jacob's Ladder" include - Intelligent. Thought-provoking. Terrifying. Mesmerizing.

Jacob's Ladder was competently directed by film-maker Adrian Lyne of the Fatal Attraction/Flashdance fame.

Alynn J Mahle May 01, 2013

Bubba Louie--

Your reviews are hard to read bc of all the _______s. What's up________with that? It is ______annoying.

Apr 30, 2013

Warning! - This film certainly ain't no stairway to heaven.

Jacob's Ladder is a somewhat confusing, but, all the same, intriguing Supernatural-Thriller that cleverly utilizes the possibility of "soldiers-as-guinea-pigs" as a damning premise for its nightmarish story.

Vietnam vet, Jacob Singer, suddenly finds himself haunted and traumatized by vividly real hallucinations which can't be easily distinguished from that of reality.
As these extremely disturbing illusions accelerate, Jacob is soon convinced that he is being pursued by faceless, violently convulsing demons whose sole purpose is to do him some very serious harm.

And the question is - Does this film not get just a little too carried away with all of this "hallucination" stuff? - You decide for yourself.

But, any way you look at it, Jacob's Ladder is certainly a mighty bizarre film that is definitely well-worth a view.

Nov 20, 2012

Tim Robbin and Adrian Lyne are a lethal combination. This movie pioneered many on camera horror effects (no CG effects in this movie). But all of these accolades aside, the story is gripping, haunting and full of symbolism. One of the best movies you will ever watch.

Apr 18, 2012

Drama - what a trip! This is an interesting view of span which although life long takes place in a very short time, you're unaware of most of it as you're trying to piece it together and oblivious to the extra ingredient. Makes you think, not just of those past but other who returned?

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Jun 08, 2015

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