More than two decades on, the cult horror thriller “Jacob’s Ladder” remains a trippy mind f**k with its fusion of paranoia thriller, non-linear narrative, visually distinctive effects and Cronenberg-esque body horror.
Now, LD Entertainment and “Midnight Meat Train” writer Jeff Buhler are teaming for a remake of the project, albeit with a new angle. Buhler is penning a new version that will build upon an earlier draft by Jake Wade Wall.
The producers are reportedly more keen on doing a homage rather than an outright remake. The plan is also to “contemporize the story with new situations and characters but still maintain a story that examines issues and poses existential questions.”
The 1990 original came from “Flashdance” and “9 1/2 Weeks” filmmaker Adrian Lyne and was his first film following the enormous success of “Fatal Attraction”. Reviews were good, but ‘Ladder’ barely made back its budget at the box-office.
In the film, Tim Robbins played a Vietnam veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who begins experiencing increasingly bizarre hallucinations that bleed into his everyday life.
While many have debated the final twist of the film, the movie is mostly remembered for the truly bizarre and intensely surreal moments it sports such as the party scene with Jacob’s wife on a dance floor seemingly grinds against a giant HR Giger-esque monster.
From an effects point of view it broke new ground as no post production special effects were employed, everything was recorded in camera. This included the first cinematic use of the now frequently copied trick of filming someone’s head moving around at a low frame rate – resulting in unsettling super fast head shaking when brought back up to normal speed.
The film was a major inspiration for the “Silent Hill” video game series, and film scholars have spoken of its influence in various other cinematic works and genres since its release.
Source: Heat Vision