"If you're afraid of dying, and you're holdin' on, you'll see devils tearin' your life away."
Jacob's Ladder is impressive film-making for the 90's and rightfully claims its spot on every top ten most disturbing film list. I can only imagine the visual horrors a faithful modern remake would conjure. Though, there doesn't need to be a remake because this version is already so good and holds up so well. It's hard to discuss the story without spoiling anything so I won't say much. I will say this film gave me anxiety. One scene in particular when Jacob begins having an anxiety attack at a dance club. He sees his girlfriend grinding on another man. Someone is staring at him, but they don't look human. The man with his girlfriend begins transforming into a demon, or something else. During this vision the strobe light hasn't stopped, the music is loud, Jacob can't breath, the grinding has become intercourse, and everyone is looking at Jacob, who collapses on the floor. Was any of it real? Is any of this real? Is Jacob dead? This is the mental state the audience exists in. It's a mind game and it's one worth playing.