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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 loved the premise of a skeptic staying at supposed haunted hotels and debunking them in his books!
Psychological trauma dispensed by top notch actors like John Cusack whom basically was a one man show and a brief appearance by Samuel L. Jackson that was equally as powerful!
John Cusack left me gasping for air when Stephen King opted to prey on some of his audience's fear of heights! Cusack took us on an devastatingly frantic rollercoaster ride that touched on sensitive nerves that left me clinging to the ceiling like Sylvester the cat from looney tunes fame!
I preferred the ending in the Theatrical version over the Director's Cut!
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, unsuprisingly, it's another 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 be as good as…
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…
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.
brilliantly paced, very forgettable generally though
John Cusack plays a cynical paranormal writer with a drink problem who gets tormented by an evil hotel room while dealing with demons from his past. It's blandly competent throughout, fairly watchable but nothing special, and there's very little to say about it at all. It is, perhaps, the ideal film to watch at 7am when your cat has decided that you WILL NOT be allowed a lie-in.
My review -- this film is now on DVD and it made a very good profit margin of roughly $107 million just from $25 million budget. The storyline/contents are based on a book from the legendary writer Stephen King. We find Mike Enslin as he arrives at this hotel in search of the truth behind mysterious yet deadly rumours about a certain room within this hotel [room number 1408,] but is Mike willing to pay the ultimate price to find out? The good thing is you don't have to pay any consequences maybe perhaps a DVD or Blu-Ray rental but that is about it, to find out what happens in this fearful room? I would like to begin by saying…
Watched at Parrs Wood
1408 boasts a strong opening. An interesting character in John Cusack's Mike Enslin. Mike is a writer who specializes in debunking paranormal happenings in various places, such as mansions and hotels. He gets a tip to a somewhat notorious Dolphin Hotel with a mysterious room, room 1408. Room 1408 has a history of over 50 deaths, and the first 15 minutes of Mike Enslin in the hotel room is, in some ways, masterfully done. The director keeps far away from the standard horror picture, and puts a tone that is subtle and creepy, while keeping the room shrouded in mystery and terror.
Unfortunately, this movie then takes a turn that might be too ambitious and narcissistic. It turns into a poor Shining imitation, maybe because the source material is from Stephen King as well. But, this movie would have been more intriguing and even more ambiguous if it was more simplistic.
Started good but got a little worse as it went on. Theatrical release seems a lot better (watched Directors cut).
Watched the Director's Cut. Movies that rely on everything possibly being a hallucination work a fine line between what actions are really happening and what consequences are real. I thought 1408 dropped the ball, so deducting stars for a thoroughly unsatisfying resolution .
Since John Cusak is alone for most of the movie, his performance is the main thing selling it, and for what it's worth I thought he did a pretty good job. He plays a great "arrogant skeptic" and his subsequent descent into madness is also believable, if a bit quick. Some things don't make too much sense, and the false ending is really obvious, but it's got some unique spookyness to it as well that, combined with Cusak's performance, make it a worthwhile watch.
I think this movie is terrifying. Seriously. Like, not only does it make me jump like crazy, but just the overall idea is frightening. I don't normally care for John Cusack. He's okay, but he chooses roles for movies that I would never really care about seeing. He was great in 1408. The entire cast was. This movie always makes me think for hours after I finish it. Could you imagine if something like this could be possible? I don't think I could mentally handle it. Lol.
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