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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.
John Cusack stars as the famous author of paranormal books, Mike Enslin, who is determined to find a famous hotel room - number 1408 -, where there are rumors of supernatural events. His idea is to prove that the stories on the site are nothing but myths, but the writer will never live another terror like that.
1408 is another film based on a story written by Stephen King and contrary to many other adaptations it's a piece of crap. Honestly, the film starts out well, the first minutes are actually very promising because the original premise seems nice and the initial atmosphere works wonderfully. Yet, after half an hour within the film, we start realizing that 1408 might not…
Expanding on Stephen King's short story, Mikael Håfstrom's "1408" is a solid horror film that misses opportunities to be striking. Following an author who writes about all manner of haunted locations, the film observes the effects of a reputedly haunted hotel room on that writer. Håfstrom's direction creates on expansive and good-looking canvas, but the film's script limits how effectively "1408" plays out.
John Cusack plays writer, Mike Enslin, and puts forth a weary charisma. Spending a night in yet another hotel room reputedly appointed with apparitions, Enslin quickly finds he has gotten in over his head when the room's reputation is proved to be based in fact. It is not a standard haunted house tale or ghost story, as…
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…
The alternate ending is definitely better than the theatrical version I saw, but the jump scares... oh the jump scares...
Okay so I rented this on demand and was like okay good movie but pretty shitty ending so then I was looking at the Wikipedia page and saw that this was the third alternate ending??? Why would you put an alternate ending on this copy of the movie??? With no choice to view the theatrical ending??? And literally every ending I read except the one I saw seems great I'm really confused. Also Samuel jacksons character was way too cool to be so minor
Much like watching air slowly leak from a balloon.
Starts out fine and ends up empty and flaccid.
#281. A great suspense horror film, and although it seemed a bit drawn out toward the end, it was a fun ride.
Spooktober 2016 Movie #20
Fuck me this was dull. How you make a movie that has john cusack aggressively destroying a minibar dull I don't know but they fucking managed it. First 30-45 minutes are actually pretty decent but then it quickly goes to shit with the one saving grace being the minibar scene which is simply hilarious. Besides that it's a whole bunch of empty scares that aren't actually scary at all. Except for the heights part of course but I'm not gonna give the movie credit for me being afraid of heights.
The opening credits suck. This is a decent film though for the Halloween season (as I am currently in). This film is amongst those that film students and low budget filmmakers envy because of its one location premis (give or take a few more locations and tricky air vent scene). But overall, it's pretty okay.
Just a ton of fun for haunted house fans.
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Director Mikael Hafstrom "Derailed" (2005), who fares far better here than his debut, never resorts to the cheap tricks and gruesome visuals, while creating scares through a suffocating sense of claustrophobia and suspense. The movie appeals to an old-fashioned sense of horror that differs from your typical slasher flicks loaded with unrelenting carnage.
Mike Enslin (John Cusack) is a professional skeptic. He makes his living by visiting supposed haunted houses and writing about the absence of ghosts. For him, room 1408 at New York's Dolphin Hotel is too good a challenge to pass up. In its nearly 100 years of existence, 56 people have died in that room. The hotel's manager (Samuel L. Jackson) advises in the strongest terms that…
A cynical writer who investigates haunted hotels books a night at the Dolphin hotel in an "evil fucking room".
Adapting a Stephen King story into a decent movie has to be one of the more difficult tasks as a movie maker. Unless your last name is Kubrick, Reiner, DePalma or Darabont, the odds are it's going to be a huge failure. I'm not saying that there aren't any other directors capable of making a King story into a decent movie, but it's very rare.
1408 is one of King's short stories from Everything's Eventual. I read it once, and it was so impactful, that I completely forgot I read it. It's not that it's an awful story, but it's not…
I really wanted to like this. I'm a big Stephen King fan, but for me, the plot was it's ultimate downfall. It's disjointed, and genuinely felt like someone was making it up as the production progressed. It bounces around, suggesting things, but doesn't follow through on anything. The twist upon another twist just leaves you feeling confused. The ending isn't unexpected, and again, bits and pieces happen that actually make little sense. Overall, the plot and story feel completely pointless.
Having said all of that, there is enough there to want to see the film through, as the premise really is interesting. Cusack is over the top but likeable. If you're looking for a horror film, do not turn to this. It's by no means scary, just a head fuck.
Ultimately disappointing, but there may be replay value to it, if you can get through it a second time.
Extra half star for featuring one of my favorite all-time things that very few movies actually contain: a character missing a basketball shot.
Help me out with this one guys.
"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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