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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!
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, 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.
This is by far one of Steven King's best book adaptations. What I enjoyed most about the movie was its ability to change pace so often and keep you interested. The visual effects were amazing and Jackson / Cusack did a great job developing Cusack's character and the hotel room history.
Had a bit of trouble with this one, I thought I was going to be seeing more spirits or would have gotten a lot more of an explanation on why the room was the way it was, but overall it was a decent experience to see a man fighting his own demons. One would have thought the room a gateway to Hell and perhaps it was for some people who stayed there and died soon after. Not completely riveting, but had some interesting scenes.
It has its tropes, but 1408 will hold your attention and occasionally your surprise at times.
A paranormal expert/author checks into a hotel room that is supposed to be haunted.John Cusack is very good in the lead role ably supported by Samuel L Jackson as the hotel manager.Don't know if this is supposed to be a horror but it was more thriller I would of thought.
The special effects are pretty good and the movie has enough tension to keep you interested.One of Cusacks better roles and the movie is well worth spending a couple of hrs watching.
“1408” is based on a short story by Stephen King. Although King’s books are perfect material for movies, sometimes it’s not very effective to make it into a two hour long film. It did work with “The Shawshank Redemption”, but “1408” loses its power after a while.
A welcome extension though is the bigger role for hotel manager Olin, played by Samuel L. Jackson. He is barely in the book, but his character is crucial in the build-up for the movie. The scene with Olin and Mike Enslin talking about the hotel room from the title, is very important. But Enslin’s words are even more powerful. At first, the horror stories about room 1408 sound to him like a fun…
A haunted house tale
Placed in a new setting and
Providing good scares.
John Cusack sporting his typically cynical, disaffected, and disenchanted role, just within a horror-esque ambiance; I enjoyed the slight, suggestively structuralist themes of material conditions influencing, perhaps even determining, any participating individual's interpretations of their reality, and the subsequent dissociation that occurs upon the loss of one's ability to accurately perceive those conditions and/circumstances. Regardless, the dialogue kind of devolved in the wake of the initial banter between Jackson's character and Cusack's, and its cinematography wasn't anything truly remarkable (then again, I'm not very technically inclined). Overall, not bad for a horror film.
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John Cusack got rekt for like 2 hours gg get shittied on
But in a more legit, brief overall feeling of this movie, it was a mediocre horror-thriller where John Cusack plays a cynical asshole who has some baggage that, while it does get touched on, never felt properly finished. There were a few really cool camera movements/shots that the DOP set up, and some special effects that were neat, but this film as a whole felt lackluster in most regards. The most interesting piece of dialogue was probably in the first half where Sam Jackson and John Cusack just subtlety bite at each other.
Watch this film if you want a brainless thriller.
Certain preconceptions and expectations naturally come with a film such as this, written by Stephen King, arguably the horror genre's most most prolific author to date. But if one is able to disassociate themselves from this, then what one is left with is a pretty decent horror/suspense story.
There are certainly elements elements of The Shining within the story; mostly due to the basic plot, which involves John Cusack's character, Mike Enslin, a writer, who finds himself gradually breaking down within isolation, as he finds himself trapped within a hotel room that is infamous for all of its previous occupants being killed in. John Cusack perfectly suits the somewhat arrogant sceptic in this film; I've felt in the past that…
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