Spooptober Day 6: Jacob's Ladder
One of my favorite video games is the original Silent Hill. Yeah, the first three sequels are good, but something about the first one just sticks in my head. Jacob's Ladder was very influential on the development of Silent Hill. If that isn't reason to see this, I don't know what is.
Jacob's Ladder opens in Vietnam where our protagonist, Jacob, is stationed as a soldier. Suddenly a gunfight breaks out and then cuts to find Jacob riding on a subway in New York. He's heading home from a long day as a postal worker. Jacob asks the other passengers if he might have missed his stop but they just stare at him. He gets off the subway. Wait, what the hell was that?
As the film progresses, the audience begins to descend into madness alongside Jacob. The world he inhabits is full of weird monsters, insane people, and the ghost of his deceased son. Jacob sets out to find out the truth behind the mystery of what happened to him in Vietnam.
Jacob's Ladder is an unsettling movie with the way it is shot and lit. The entire film oozes with a sick surrealism you'd only find in a nightmare. Go into Jacob's Ladder with an open mind and you'll have a good time.
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