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- DescriptionThe 15 rating given to 1408 belies this film's truly terrifying effects on its audience. Though it's far less gory than its peers, it has frightening moments and a creepy mood throughout. John Cusack (IDENTITY) plays Mike Enslin, a gifted writer who has turned his talents to paranormal travel books. His stays in haunted hotels never shake him, but he's intrigued by New York's Dolphin Hotel. Room 1408 has been the site of dozens of deaths, and this is a selling point for the sceptic in Mike. Despite the warnings of the hotel manager (Samuel L. Jackson, BLACK SNAKE MOAN), Mike resolves to stay in the haunted room. No one has lasted more than an hour in 1408, and Mike has his work cut out for him. Though Cusack got his acting pedigree in comedies, he proves he's able to adeptly carry a horror film. He occupies practically every frame of the film, often alone, and he's great at making the audience share in his fear. This is the second English-language film from director Mikael Hafstrom (DERAILED), and he does a good job of establishing tension. A lot of the credit is due to the film's sound crew, whose detailed work goes far in giving 1408 its unsettling feeling. Like THE SHINING, this is based on the writing of horror maestro Stephen King, and it's a similarly creepy tale set in a hotel. But in its execution, 1408 is far more indebted to classic horror films such as the original 1963 version of THE HAUNTING.
- Leading Role 1John Cusack
- Director 1Mikael Hafstrom
- Leading Role 2Mary McCormack
- Leading Role 3Tony Shalhoub
- Additional Roles bySamuel L. Jackson,Emily Harvey,Jasmine Anthony,Noah Margetts,Alexandra Silber
- ProducerLorenzo Di Bonaventura
- ScreenwriterLarry Karaszewski,Scott Alexander,Matt Greenberg
- Score ComposerGabriel Yared
- EditorPeter Boyle
- Release FormatDVD
- Release Year2007
- Additional GenreGeneral
- Running Time101 minutes
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- spiritual00129 Nov, 2017by
One of the best films I've ever seen
This film is full of surprises and worth watching
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: Pre-owned
- janidan80a22 Feb, 2017by
well worth watchingg.
This is a psychological film that you have to concentrate on. Very well acted and it left me quite tired.
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: Pre-owned
- 2011busylizzy1206 Aug, 2012by
1408 horror film-DARE YOU TO WATCH IT..!
If you love to watch horrors with a story,its the one for you. I bought it because i was told it was worth watching. I agree it is...ie theirs no silly monsters ect. It is scary,as you dont know what to expect next. Warning- watch carefully,cause you dont want to miss any little details. The first 5-10 mins is a little slow..but dont let that put you off. Great Film....Dare you to watch it..!
- caberg8021 Nov, 2011by
Absolutely not to be missed !
Probably THE spookiest film I have ever seen. No blood or gore ( well not much ) but I would advise anyone watching this not to do so on a full bladder !
- greenkimothy66625 Sep, 2011by
A writer renowned for debunking infamous paranormal events is confronted by a force that he cannot explain upon checking into room 1408 of the notoriously haunted Dolphin Hotel. Mike Enslin (John Cusack) is an author who specializes in horror, but who only believes in what he can see with his eyes and touch with his hands. Having constructed an entire career on his ability to dispel superstitious "haunted house" rumors, Mike is convinced that the afterlife is a manmade construct designed to offer false comfort to the weak minded. Mike's latest project is a book entitled "Ten Nights in Haunted Hotel Rooms," and it seems that in room 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel, this skeptical scribe may finally find proof of the supernatural. Implored by the hotel manager (Samuel L. Jackson) not to enter room 1408, Mike defiantly procures the key and prepares to dispel yet another spectral sham. Now, as is the case with many of life's most profound epiphanies, the writer who thought he knew it all is caught entirely off guard at the precise moment he least expected it. Subsequently faced with undeniable proof of an afterlife, Mike may have a best-seller on his hands if he can simply survive until sunrise. Mary McCormack and Jasmine Jessica Anthony co-star in director Mikael Hfstrm's (Derailed) adaptation of an original short story by horror icon Stephen King. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Read full review
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