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The only demons in room 1408 are those within you.
A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.
I think by now we all have the basic formula for recent Stephen King adaptations memorized by heart.
1. Have an alcoholic and lonely lead. (Author or writer optional)
2. Have a good setup and build mysterious atmosphere
3. Go full retard from there
There are exceptions to that formula of course, but 1408 is slave to this formula. It tries to break free, bless its heart, but at the end of the day its just an average little thriller with Stephen Kings weird little fingerprints all over it.
With point number 1, we have the alcoholic lead. And it looks like he went with the alcoholic AUTHOR option on top of it all! The lead, Mike Enslin happens to…
Much like watching air slowly leak from a balloon.
Starts out fine and ends up empty and flaccid.
I would have rated this higher but on this re-watch I saw the directors cut of the film and the ending is completely different! I liked the way it ended in the theatrical version much better. It gives Cusack's character much more of an arc, in this version he basically has NO arc.
Other than that, this is a very well adapted short story from Stephen King. The visuals and things that happen to Enslin are right out of King's brain and the director does a good job of depicting that.
1408 is a movie about the horrors of a certain hotel room. Everytime someone stays the night in that room they are brutally killed by some supernatural force. The protagonist of the movie is a ghost hunter who never believes in ghosts, but unfortunately he is in for a big shock. Once he enters, the room is in control.
To basically sum up the movie the famous line from the man outside the Willy Wonka factory came to mind "Nobody ever goes in, nobody ever comes out." Except for the first part, because a lot of people go in.
For someone who loved horror movies when he was growing up you would think that the last decade would of been a wonderful time for me. Well not so much. The last several years of horror movies for me have not been great for me at all. It seems like every time I watch one I leave it less then impressed. The first Saw was great but I didn't like any of the sequels that I saw and gave up after part 4. Paranormal Activity I disliked right from the get go and most of the remakes from the horror movies of my youth just felt flat to me. When I first threw on 1408 I didn't have any expectations…
"It's an evil fucking room."
I've been Kinging for Stephen lately, and figured I'd watch this one again. It's a pretty good adaptation, even if it doesn't capture the sheer dread of the short story. 1408 is one of the scariest short stories I've ever read in fact, because as you read it, you actually feel as though you are going insane. And in this film you could change the score around in scenes and you'd think you were watching a comedy about an alcoholic with bad luck.
Mike Enslin is a skeptic horror novelist - he visits all the "haunted" locations around the country, debunking the myths and writing about them. He gets an invitation to the Dolphin Hotel…
You'll be widening your eyes thinking wtf had I just watched. Not scary, but one of the creepiest movie ever watched.
I was on the fence on this the whole way through. For me a bad ending can ruin everything that came before in a movie like this. I hated the ending so didn't give it a pass. Not a horrible watch though.
Starts off great with some suspense, keeps going fine with random, over the top but entertaining horror tropes, then all goes downhill when John Cusack starts having to work out his stock bullshit Stephen King emotional issues.
Not a bad little Stephen King adaption. And when I say not bad I also mean not great. It falls somewhere in the middle of King's adaptations that have thus been released so far.
Why is it not bad but not great, let me list thee ways:
It's mysterious but predictable.
It's fun but overlong.
It's well made but unoriginal.
It's well acted but over the top.
It's like a low rent shining mixed with low rent In the Mouth of Madness.
It's got a great ending but only the unrated cut.
It's got an average ending but only the theatrical cut.
It's passable entertainment but it won't blow you away.
It's not scary enough.
Yeah, that's about all I got for this one.
Why would you let him go in Samuel L. Jackson, why
why are all stephen king characters writers or authors kinda pretentious dont you think
I WAS OUT I WAS OUT
Even if you leave this room... You will never leave this room.
1048 is a Stephen King thriller that gave me chills, and made me remember why scary movies don't agree with me. I still watch them because it sends my heart rate through the roof. 1408 was not one of those gory gross movies such as SAW or anything like that. No, this was more involving the paranormal, a writer decides to take one of his biggest mistakes by going inside this New York apartment in a deluxe hotel called the Dolphin.
Now, to get the bad things out of the way, the movie didn't really get a point across to anything, at least in my views. Although this…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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