My top-ten horror films #8

8 – JACOB’S LADDER (1990)


Absolutely terrifying. Tim Robbins plays Jacob Singer, a Vietnam vet with a filthy chuckle who is suffering from hallucinations. It becomes likely these are post-traumatic flashbacks, incited by his experiences during the war, a suspicion enforced when ex-Army colleagues begin to show up, convinced they are at the heart of a grim conspiracy. The truth behind the mystery is shocking, but by the time you find out, you’re almost grateful for it, so intense and claustrophobic and downright horrifying are the assaults on Jacob’s psyche.


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