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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.
There are a handful of jump scares throughout, some that actually work effectively and some that are rather cheap, but "1408" still really gets under my skin numerous of times, and really is more of a psychological character study than you'd ever expect that is also an fantastic acting showcase for John Cusack's in easily one of his best performances to date. Mikael Hafstrom knows to use slow building suspense as well as a unsettling atmosphere, there's some really impressive visual work here, and you get to see Samuel L. Jackson wonderfully ham it up for the 10 minutes he gets. One of the better and most underrated Stephen King adaptations.
It's definitely entertaining. It has so many alternate endings probably because there isn't really a point to the movie and there isn't really a definite ending either. But, up until the end it keeps you thinking, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat.
It's genuinely scary and pretty faithful to the story, for most of it, until the numerous twists and false endings bog it down. Cusack is pretty good, as he manages to be a likeable leading man while also portraying his character's quick descent into madness, but Sam Jackson is wasted (unfortunately!), save for his one great line. The direction is impressive and adds to the terror, and the effects are solid without being too flashy. But the last half hour or so adds too many twists on top of one another, and the result is far from effective. It veers too far from the source material, and the ending is confusing in the worst way. Still, it's a fairly decent King adaptation, and I did find it scary.
i absolutely love this film, but i forgot just how UPSETTING it all is.... just....... free me
Pues es de esas peliculas que va de mas a menos, con lo cual uno se siente un poco defraudado, es probable que sea porque esté basado en una historia corta y la historia se llega a alargar demasiado y eso se nota.
Tiene momentos inquietantes muy buenos y la esencia en si está muy bien, pero cuando ya hemos visto todo lo que nos ofrece, que es la habitacion del hotel, la pelicula se mete en un terreno farragoso sin salida y a pesar de los varios red herrings la cosa no mejora. Para ver una vez, yo por desgracia le di una segunda oportunidad.
Heart-wrenching, genuinely eerie, and wildly entertaining, 1408 is a well-paced and effective horror film as well as one of the best and most underrated Stephen King adaptations, with sharp direction from Mikael Hafstrom, chilling and inventive scares, a wonderfully creepy atmosphere, and superb performances from John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.
Mike Enslin isn't a particularly revolutionary character. Neither is his arc or the means beyond his transformation. In fact, its hard to find anything about 1408 that stands out beyond just being entertaining, heart wrenching, and fully entertaining. Everyone involved manages to make something good out of not particularly inspired parts, and I think that makes it all the more impressive. I'm also just a big Cusack fan, and he carries the movie really well. Darkly funny and emotionally true, 1408 could be a hell of a lot worse.
Took me ages to watch this film since I didn't really like the short story. This film had potential but there weren't any scares that actually 'got me.' I spent the whole film waiting for it to amp up the horror and the most that happened was that it started snowing... Not for me!
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