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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 would rather stay 1 hour in Room 237 of the Overlook Hotel than in 1408 of the Dolphin!
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…
Much like watching air slowly leak from a balloon.
Starts out fine and ends up empty and flaccid.
Nice to see Stephen King branch out here. Famous for a story about an alcoholic writer who freezes to death in a haunted hotel, King now brings us this story of an alcoholic writer in a haunted hotel who ALMOST freezes to death. Really groundbreaking work.
chega um momento em que você simplesmente desiste de entender o que está acontecendo e relaxa (mas tudo volta a ficar tenso e te surpreende).
more dull than funny on the terrible movie meter, plus it gets way worse as it goes along.
scarier than scary
1408 is a dizzying maelstrom of spectres that is pulsing with atmosphere but feels overwritten. Cusack is endearingly sardonic even as his grip on reality becomes more and more tenuous.
There are some commendable scares here, but nothing to rival what lurks inside another hotel imagined by Stephen King that rhymes with 'overtook'.
Director Mikael Håfström filmed three alternate endings as he believed King was going for ambiguity in his short story. But the problem with allowing for so many narrative possibilities is that the stakes never feel too high. The fates of characters don't matter as much, because if they are not alive on this plane of existence, no sweat. You can bet they are alive somewhere else.
Creepy up until the 60 minute mark when the movie disappears up its own ass and becomes a Zemeckisy special effects showcase.
Very well done in parts, though it feels largely like a made-for-TV The Shining. Samuel L Jackson and Cusack as great, but there are some not as good supporting performances, and the script leaves something to be desired.
"It's a fucking evil room."
Quite possibly the shittiest ending to a film I've ever seen; it did start off promising, but ultimately gets worse with every second.
La prima parte del film è ottima, ti prende subito, la tensione cresce costantemente e tu sei prontissimo a cagarti addosso.
Il gioco però dura troppo e allora tu spettatore cominci ad adattarti, inizi a pensare che quello che vedi è solo nella testa del protagonista o che comunque non è tutto necessariamente reale. Che sia vero o falso non importa, il succo è che capisci che il film vuole prenderti per il culo da come cerca disperatamente di farti rimanere col Dubbio in testa per un'ora e mezza. In sintesi, 1408 non riesce a gestire la tensione fino in fondo, ma anzi la perde progressivamente fino a suscitare (attenzione, spoiler) un po' di noia e qualche sbadiglio di troppo.…
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