Classic Review: Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

Jacob’s Ladder is a high dive into the fractured mind of Jacob Singer; a divorced Vietnam War veteran who carries the mental scars of war and the loss of his youngest child with him. The film opens with his battalion under attack from an unseen enemy. Panic, unease and chaos usually accompany war scenes as they do here, but in this case we understand something unusual is happening though it is unclear what. In the aftermath of these disturbing events, Jacob is taunted by what he can only describe as demons, hellish beings. Some of them are without faces; sometimes they pull him out of reality, bring him close to death and lay bare his issues. Continue reading “Classic Review: Jacob’s Ladder (1990)”


Classic Review: Videodrome (1983)

A word of warning, since this is a classic review, spoilers are contained herein. Though this article will not dilute the effectiveness of Videodrome for first time viewers, those sensitive to plot details are advised to watch the movie before reading this review

“Why would anybody watch a scum show like Videodrome?” asks its curator, Barry Convex (played by the late Leslie Carlson), head of the Spectacular Optical Corporation, an eyeglasses company that behind the scenes, specializes in NATO weapons manufacturing and serves as the antagonistic presence in the David Cronenberg movie that birthed the term “Cronenbergian”. Continue reading “Classic Review: Videodrome (1983)”