YMMV / Jacob's Ladder

  • Award Snub: No noms for Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Pena, Maurice Jarre's score or Bruce Joel Rubin's screenplay.
  • 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.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Macauley Culkin has an uncredited role as Jacob's son.
    • How about Lewis Black showing up for three seconds as the doctor who comes to help when Jacob has his mortally high fever?
    • Eriq La Salle (ER's Dr. Benton) and Ving Rhames play two of Jacob's fellow veterans, before either of their actors had those roles.
    • Jason Alexander also has a small role as the lawyer.
    • When Jacob is running a high fever and freaking out, Kyle Gass helps fill his tub with ice.
  • 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, visuals, mood and dialogue of Jacob's Ladder. The "blurry face" undercranking effect has almost become a cliche.
  • Uncanny Valley: A lot of the demons, entirely deliberately.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome. There are no post-production effects in the movie. The very horrifying use of the undercrank is done by shooting an actor slowly waving their head at 4fps, so when played normally, would produce the now infamous effect.