Jacob's Ladder had a huge effect on me. Huge effect. But in spite of all the disturbing images, the part that has stuck with me over all these years is the bit Louie tells Jacob near the end:
"Eckhart saw hell too. He said: The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of you that won't let go of life, your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away. But they're not punishing you, he said. They're freeing your soul. So, if you're frightened of dying and... and you're holding on, you'll see devils tearing your life away. But if you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the earth. It's just a matter of how you look at it, that's all. So don't worry, okay?"