This is a film that I would categorize as a psychological horror movie with some extremely well performances from John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. Most of the movie’s setting takes place in the notoriously haunted Dolphin Hotel.

John Cusack plays a writer (Mike Enslin) known for solving the paranormal. Unconvinced that any place that he visits is haunted, he decides to check into the Dolphin Hotel ,known for numerous murders that occurred in the room 1408. After a very intriguing discussion with the hotel’s manager, (Samuel L. Jackson) he still decides to investigate room 1408. Not long after checking in, Mike Enslin encounters many disturbing events that lead him to believe that the room is haunted. He soon learns that checking out of 1408 is much more difficult than checking in.

 Very effective lead performance from John Cusack makes the movie convincing. I would have liked to see more of Samuel L. Jackson, but his absence through the rest of the movie gives John Cusack a chance to shine, as he did. Great acting keeps the movie moving along at a brisk pace. A breakthrough performance from veteran actor John Cusack.

The creepy atmosphere of the room gives the movie an authentic effect. The setting was done so well that you actually feel like the events that are occurring are real. The design of the hotel was so elegant that it seems like any ordinary hotel, giving the viewer a realistic perspective of the movie. Great set design and creepy atmosphere.

Without exposing too much gore and maintaining a deserved PG-13 rating, this is a horror movie that is actually horrifying in a believable way. It’s flaws are overlooked thanks to a spectacular performance from a very underrated actor. Not the best Stephen King adaption but certainly is close. 1408 displays the way the horror genre was meant to be. I would recommend this movie to those looking for less brutality and more scares.

4 thoughts on “1408”

  1. I totally agree with your review. This is my type of scary movie, I like to be creeped out, not grossed out. But I do think I would have enjoyed it just a little more had I been sitting at home, alone, in the dark. That would have made it even a little more creepy for me.

  2. You are right, Cusack was very good. And what actor wouldn’t want to attempt play a role with so much screen time? I personally prefer more characters in a movie so its not so much like a one man, three act play. The movie needed more Samuel L.

  3. I was on the edge of my seat through the first half of this movie, but felt that the false ending, for one thing, came to early, for another, was kinda stupid, and that the scares in the film were less than interesting.

    The “evil” of the room also seemed inconsistent to me, which is probably why it wasn’t a film I talked about after I had seen it.

    Cusack was, of course, great. Sam Jackson was, of course, wonderful. But even their characters started to bore me toward the end of the film and I really wanted to hit the delete button and get David Koepp to rewrite the ending.

  4. I love this movie.
    I plan to write my own review in the near future.
    On DVD I’m suprised to say that the Director’s cut is rather disappointing, and that I prefer the Theatrical cut of the film. (which I’ve never sided with before)
    Love Cusack, anyone who can carry a film that takes place in a single room (which is a character in it-self) has my approval.
    I was on-edge the first time I viewed this movie, which was in my living room, lights off, surround sound cranked up.
    The ending of the theatrical cut was decent. I love the false ending, when the room sucks him back in! Cusack pleeds “I was out!” that’s great.
    The director’s cut, geez – please don’t set up for a sequel.
    Also I really enjoy the music in this flick.
    Overall, a great picture I would recommend it.

    *see Derailed by director Mikael Håfström.

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