June 25, 2015 @ 12:51 AM

Title: Jacob's Ladder (1990)

The most frightening thing about Jacob Singer's nightmares is that he isn't dreaming

Actors: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Pena 

Jacob Singer 

Background: One of the very first Tim Robbins' movie that I have watched and I became a fan eversince. Tim portrayed Jacob Singer so convincingly that you would never realize what the film was truly about until the ending.  The following citation by Meister Eckart sums up most of the premise: "The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of you that won't let go of life, your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away. But they're not punishing you", he said. "They're freeing your soul. So, if you're frightened of dying and... you're holding on, you'll see devils tearing your life away. But if you've made your peace, then the devils are really Angels, freeing you from the earth." This film is hard to sit through as it showcases a vietnam war veteran suffering from all the effects of PTSD as if he had never left the warzone mentally...but did he? Jacob's Ladder is one of those movies one must watch before they die, it is superbly cinematographed, sound effects and score were absolutely on par, the nightmare sequences are copied by so many great horror filmmakers, and Tim Robbins' performance was top-notch but these hallucinations have lives of their own and were nothing short of WTF moments.

WTF Moments - Jacob's ladder

 

Wanna join us for a scare?! WTF

 

Oh my, no legs but still scaring away-- Creepfest or what? 

Missing limbs - Hallway guy

 

WTF: What's up with the blind doctor?

Blind doctor

For real, what's up with that doctor, why??

Jezzie aka Jezebel

 

Jezebel finally out. 

Jezebel gets it

WTF!!!!!!????

Jacob's ending