It’s been a long road for David Rosenthal’s Jacob’s Ladder. The updated-for-2019-audiences remake of the classic 1990 psychological horror was originally scheduled for release earlier this year only to vanish completely before it hit the box office. In May, Deadline reported that the film’s U.S. rights had been acquired by Vertical Entertainment who were planning a July release on DISH that would soon follow a theatrical release in August.
Directed by David Rosenthal (How It Ends) from a script written by Jeff Buhler (The Prodigy, Pet Sematary), Jacob’s Ladder stars Michael Ealy (The Intruder), Jesse Williams (The Cabin in the Woods), Nicole Beharie (Shame), and Karla Souza (How to Get Away with Murder). And while the new trailer warns that “The only thing that burns in hell is the part of yourself that refuses to let go,” it is very good news indeed to know that Rosenthal’s film will not continue to collect dust in the studio’s archives.
Plot Synopsis from Deadline:
In Rosenthal’s Jacob’s Ladder, Jacob Singer is getting his life back together after his brother is killed in Afghanistan. Jacob has a beautiful wife, a newborn child and a successful career as surgeon in a VA hospital. When a stranger approaches Jacob and reveals that his brother is actually alive and living in an underground shelter with other homeless vets, Jacob’s life starts to unravel. He begins hallucinating, believes he is being followed by violent attackers and becomes paranoid about the truth of what really happened to his brother. When he discovers that his brother is alive and addicted to an experimental drug, he uncovers a secret he never could have been prepared for.
Jacob’s Ladder premieres to DISH subscribers July 2019 followed by a full theatrical release August 23, 2019. Are you excited to see David Rosenthal’s remake of the 1990 psychological horror Jacob’s Ladder? Let us know your thoughts on the trailer and how badly the original terrified you when you first watched it over on Twitter, in the official Nightmare on Film Street Subreddit, and in the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!