Movie Fact #875 – November 3rd, 2015:

The 1990 American psychological horror film “Jacob’s Ladder” is about the character Jacob “Professor” Singer (Played by Tim Robbins, a Vietnam veteran whose experiences prior to and during the war result in strange, fragmentary flashbacks and bizarre hallucinations that continue to haunt him. The poster for the film itself implies a literal head-shaking form of this mental breakdown. This was pulled off in a very simple but genius way.

See, all of the film’s special effect sequences were filmed in camera, with no use of post production effects. This mean, in the several scenes of “Jacob’s Ladder” with that poster’s headshaking, director Adrian Lyne used a body horror technique on-camera. How this technique worked was an actor is recorded waving his head around at a low frame rate and then, played back, this results in a horrifically fast motion. Lyne said, in the Special Edition DVD’s commentary track, that he was inspired by the art of the painter Francis Bacon when developing the effect.

I’m just going to say it…now that is a head-turner.

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