Camus-reading postal worker Jacob (Tim Robbins) finds himself besieged by demonic visions in Adrian Lyne’s phantasmagoric headtrip, a rendering of ‘70s era Brownstone Brooklyn as shadowy Boschian hellscape.
Mourning the death of his son (a pre-Home Alone Macaulay Culkin) and still shaky from his tour of duty in ‘Nam, Jacob’s already tenuous hold on reality is starting to slip: strangers with blurred faces twitch on passing subway cars, hobos nervously tuck away their devil tails and Jake watches as his girlfriend gets her freak on with slithery tentacles straight out of Zulawski’s Possession. Having spent the ‘80s pioneering the feature length music video (Flashdance, 9 ½ Weeks), Lyne took a hard left turn with this schizo thriller, taking inspiration less from aerobics videos and more from the likes of William Blake’s mad visions and Joel-Peter Witkin’s baroque grotesques. Robbins has rarely been better, and the Bergen F stop has never looked so ominous. "A bold, powerful psychological horror film" –Jonathan Rosenbaum
Director: Adrian Lyne. 116min. 1990. 35mm.
Part of the series Basic Cable Classics.
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