This one left me speechless (a babbling brook of mindless expletives aside).
Part horror film, part war film, part government/military conspiracy coverup film, part supernatural thriller, Jacob’s Ladder hit me harder than a beat up old car driven by demons speeding down an alley right for me. There are several films here in this one masterpiece. There’s a horror movie about a man losing his mind and/or encountering real demons because he is dead and in hell or possibly suffering from some injury in his past. There is a movie about a group of Army veterans of the Vietnam War still suffering years later from their incursion into hell. And possibly a sinister military conspiracy that is being covered up. There’s a supernatural film going on about a man who longs for his former wife and their family together, and especially their son who passed away in a tragic accident some time ago, a man who sometimes is still united with his family despite nightmares where he lives with a coworker lover who may be a demon. Or maybe she is a supportive friend who suffers along with him and his recurring dreams about his former family… Head trippy film adventure this one. Don’t know how I managed to go the first 27 years of its existance ignorant of its power – and a powerful film it is. Moving, scary, confusing, comforting, discomforting… This is what films should be like. This is a movie that most certainly does NOT suck!