Jacob's Ladder title

AKA: Dante's Inferno

Tag Line : You can't run from your own mind.

Jacob's Ladder Perhaps not a horror film in the true sense of the word, but undoubtedly one of the weirdest I have ever had to review, was this surreal shocker by director Adrianne Lynn, concerning the antics of a former Vietnam veteran who finds himself being haunted by his past, in a very literal sense!

Tim Robbins stars as the films main character Jake Singer, a New York postal worker who's haunted by flashbacks of his tour of duty in Vietnam and of the death of his son from his previous marriage. Unfortunately, these flashbacks appear to be getting all too real, and as the film progresses what is real, and what's in his mind becomes increasingly unclear.

One moment he awakes to find himself still in Vietnam fending off an enemy attack, then he finds himself back with his first wife and their son isn't actually dead, only to then find he was only dreaming about the past and he is really divorced and now living with his new partner.

He sets out to try and discover the reasons for these flashbacks, only to then find he is being followed by strange demonic people, who seem to be trying to kill him. Which reality he is actually living in and why these demons are chasing him round isn't explained until the very very end of the film (which I won't spoil for you), but even then it takes some serious afterthought to fathom out all the intricate plot twists.

Jason Alexander, of Seinfeld fame, stars in the film as Geary, and "Home Alone" star Macaulay Culkin puts in an appearance as Jacob's dead son Gabriel. Overall this is quite an entertaining film, but due to it's surreal nature is one of those that splits the audience as to whether they love or hate it. I enjoyed it, but was very confused by the ending which I felt didn't fully explain the bizarre plot, but if you want to find out what I mean you'll just have to see it for yourself!

Overall Marks : 6/10.

Other Information.

  • British director Adrian Lynne also directed the cult 80's teen pic "Flashdance", before going on to direct the notorious films "9 1/2 Weeks", "Fatal Attraction", "Indecent Proposal" and the controversial "Lolita".

  • The films budget was $25,000,000.

  • Jason Alexander is undoubtedly best known for his role of George in "Seinfeld". His first acting role was curiously enough in the cult slasher pic "The Burning".

  • The scenes at Bergen Street station were filmed in a disused lower level of the station, which had to be re-tiled and painted up to look like it was still in use.

  • Director Adrian Lynne turned down the directors job on "Bonfire of the Vanities" so he could direct this. Ironically, Tom Hanks was originally offered the role of Jacob, but turned it down to do "Bonfire if the Vanities"

  • Several scenes were cut from the theatrical release, but re-instated for the US DVD. These include Jacob being given an "antidote" for his hallucinations, which causes more terrifying visions. A scene in Grand Central station in which Jacob, thinking he's cured, tries to flee New York City to Chicago, and a scene showing the revelation of Jezzie's true nature.

  • A production featurette included on the US DVD also showed a missing scene where Jacob discovers a male rape taking place in the initial subway station scene. Also shot, but never shown, was Jacob discovering Michael's severed head in Michael's apartment.

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