Jacob's Ladder

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Jacob Singer isn't sure what's real anymore.

The nightmares he keeps having are tearing his life apart, one day at a time. They might be after-effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from his term of military service in Vietnam. They might be the side-effects from a secret and illegal drug trial that he and his platoon were unknowingly exposed to. Or they may be a result of his own mind slipping into insanity from the trauma of his young son's death.

But there is one possibility that terrifies him, even though day by day it seems more and more likely. The demons and monsters he keeps seeing- out of the corner of his eye, hiding in the shadows, lurking in his darkest nightmares- might be real. And if they are, then they're coming for him - and there's nothing he can do about it...

Jacob's Ladder (1990) is a psychological Thriller / Horror film directed by Adrian Lyne, based on a screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin. It stars Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Pena, Danny Aiello, and Jason Alexander. Actor Macaulay Culkin appears briefly in an uncredited performance.

This movie was one of the primary inspirations for the Silent Hill franchise of games.

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