YMMV / Jacob's Ladder

  • Awesome Music: Maurice Jarre's haunting score.
  • Narm: Right at the end of the movie, when we see Jacob spasm on in the hospital tent in Vietnam before dying, there's a guy at a typewriter who looks up, sees this, then kind of shrugs and continues typing. His nonchalant reaction makes this quite comical.
    • Fridge Horror if you know that the Reality Subtext is that the actor was a Vietnam veteran who was in those triage tents and had seen many soldiers die like that.
  • Rewatch Bonus: When the horror becomes less shocking, the poignancy and sadness take over. There's a reason the film is a favorite at hospices.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Countless movies have taken their inspiration from the theme, undercranking, mood and dialogue from Jacob's Ladder. Heck, Silent Hill is Evidence A.
  • Uncanny Valley: A lot of the demons, entirely deliberately.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome. There are no, repeat, no optical effects in the film. Everything is "real". To elaborate, there are no post-production effects in this movie. The very horrifying use of the undercrank? Done by shooting an actor slowly waving their head at 4fps, so when played normally, would produce the now infamous effect.