“According to this, you’re already dead.”
Bruce Joel Rubin’s screenplay for Jacob’s Ladder had been making its rounds for nearly a decade before Adrian Lyne read it and latched on to it. After Fatal Attraction, he had been looking for the right project to do. He had been tapped to do the adaptation of The Bonfire of the Vanities, which certainly fits within his psychological/sexual storytelling, but Rubin’s script drew him in and he opted to hop over to this instead. (Plus, Carolco Pictures was giving him more directing freeom, which surely was a selling point.) He turned out a twisted, Cronenbergian, dark psychological film that works exceptionally well, even if it does leave us with some questions. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we celebrate the holidays with a holiday bonus episode for all of our wonderful members – a conversation about Lyne’s 1990 film Jacob’s Ladder.
What did we think of Jacob’s Ladder?
The psychological, horrific journey that Jacob Singer, as played by Tim Robbins, is quite a ride. New York is filled with terrifying—Hold on there! This is only available for members because it’s a member bonus episode. Why not become a member so you can listen to it too? We’d love it if you became a member to support our show, but you’d love it because of everything you get. We have monthly member bonus episodes that only members can access. You also get monthly Flickchart re-ranking episodes, access to members-only Discord channels, and early releases for every episode. We have a special episode we release at the end of each series called Retake during which we break down our overall thoughts of the entire season. Plus, you get to vote on the movies we discuss in our members only episodes! What can we say? It pays to be a member. Learn more about supporting The Next Reel film podcast through your own membership — visit TruStory FM.
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