Jacob’s Ladder has gone out of its way to invent a new vision of heaven and hell

It is not until the end of the film that Jacob ascends the stairs in his house to heaven. First, he has to go through a lot of hell…

When he first wakes up on the subway, Jacob sees a sign that says drugs can really make your life hell. It is not until much later that we learn that he and the men of his military unit were given a drug called Ladder, becoming the victim of a chemical warfare experiment that was once in a lifetime. terrible way. When talking about the film’s approach to hell, Lyne also mentioned the drug thalidomide, a sedative that caused the birth defect crisis in the 1950s and 60s. He continued:

“I also like the idea of ​​the horror side of it, the demonic side of [hell] is based on the flesh. So it’s almost thalidomide, so it’s not easily recognized, so you can’t get rid of it. Francis Bacon, I love his pictures. They’re just fun because they’re blurry and grotesque, but you can’t quite see what’s going on. You have to fill it with your imagination, and I think that’s much more interesting and scary than seeing the images you’ve seen before. “

The aforementioned disco scene is a prime example of a shot in the flesh but it’s hard to lock onto anything with the naked eye other than the tail of a demon moving between Elizabeth’s legs. Images like these ensure that the hell and heaven in “Jacob’s Ladder” will be one that audiences will never forget.

1990 was a good year for Rubin; In addition to “Jacob’s Ladder,” he also penned the highest-grossing film of that year, “Ghost,” and received an Oscar nomination for it. Lyne, meanwhile, returns to direct in 2022 with her first film in 20 years, “Deep Water”.

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