This Day in Halloween: "Jacob’s Ladder" opens across the U.S. in 1990. / Illustration by Justin Pakneshan.
Jacob’s Ladder opens across the U.S. in 1990. The psychological horror movie about post-Vietnam, PTSD-filtered disillusionment, struggles at the box office but becomes a cult hit. Screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin penned other afterlife-themed movies Ghost, Brainstorm and Deadly Friend.