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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…
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.
The alternate ending is definitely better than the theatrical version I saw, but the jump scares... oh the jump scares...
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Man is understandably driven insane by the clock-radio in his hotel room constantly playing the same Carpenters song, even when it's unplugged. The end.
Ah, if only that was the end, I might have liked this movie more! While it's not a terrible film, a promising opening act gives way to a disappointing middle and end because of one reason: The room is omnipotent, it seems to follow no discernible laws or reality, and thus, ceases to be frightening. When anything can happen, the next sadistic twist to befall poor John Cusack isn't disturbing or surprising anymore. In one of the movie's fake endings, of which there were two or three of them, they present one of those "snowglobe/it was all a dream" explanations. And while it's cliche, they should have stuck with it as at least it would've gone a long way towards explaining the rest of the movie.
Based on the novella of the same name from the collection Everything’s Eventual, 1408 stars John Cusack (High Fidelity, 2012) as Mike Enslin, a cynical and skeptical writer whose work consists of evaluating haunted places such as hotels, graveyards and the like whist usually debunking the mystery. Whilst writing his latest book, he travels to New York in an attempt to spend a night in room 1408 of The Dolphin Hotel, which is usually permanently unavailable to guests. The manager, Gerald Olin (Samuel L. Jackson; Pulp Fiction, Unbreakable) is reluctant to hand over the key, even offering a free upgrade to their best suite. When he realises that Enslin isn’t going to back down, he takes a more direct approach,…
The first 30 minutes of this movie are probably the most effective build up I've seen in a horror movie this side of The Shining. When he was unlocking the door to room 1408, I had chills down my spine. Unfortunately the rest of the movie doesn't entirely live up to the first 30 minutes, but it does continue to be intriguing and fairly creepy throughout.
"Even if you leave this room, you can never leave this room!"
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yeah I went in more or less blindly cause I only knew it was based on a Stephen King short story and had Samuel Jackson and John Cusack in it. it was intriguing at first but got soooooo slow towards the end it nearly ruined the experience for me. there are like four different endings out for 1408 and I watched the one we had on Netflix which had a scare in it that terrified me holy shit but yeah the rest has some very intense moments as well. I'm not particularly a fan of Cusack but he was okay I think. effects meeeehh 50/50 cause half the time I was like nah really?yeah uhm pretty vague review but I really want you to go in without knowing too much, except for that it's kinda messed up and worth a watch.
I was greatly impressed with 1408. It's a well done movie with a remarkable performance from John Cusack. It's not incredibly scary, but the premise is outstanding and it has some great chills in the first half. It goes off the rails a bit the second half, but Cusack's performance never falters.
a nice little horror flick
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Based on the short story by Stephen King. John Cusack stars as Mike Enslin, an author who used to write "real" novels. Now he's writing the latest in a series of books debunking supernatural places like lighthouses, mansions, etc. His latest book is about haunted hotel rooms. He receives a mysterious post card suggesting he check out the Dolphin Hotel in New York, with a cryptic message about not staying in room 1408. He tries to book the room, only to be told it's unavailable. Intrigued, Mike travels to the Dolphin where he meets the hotel manager, Mr. Olin (Samuel L. Jackson). Olin tries to persuade Mike that 56 people have died as a result of staying in 1408. Mike…
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