1408 (2007)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Relying on psychological tension rather than overt violence and gore, 1408 is a genuinely creepy thriller with a strong lead performance by John Cusack.


Movie Info

Renowned horror novelist Mike Enslin believes only in what he can see with his own two eyes. But after a string of bestsellers discrediting paranormal events in the most infamous haunted houses and graveyards around the world, he has no real proof of life...afterlife. But Enslin's phantom-free run of long and lonely nights is about to change forever when he checks into suite 1408 of the notorious Dolphin Hotel for his latest project, "Ten Nights in Haunted Hotel Rooms." Defying the warnings of … More

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material including disturbing sequences of violence and terror, frightening images and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen King, Larry Karaszewski, Matt Greenberg, Scott Alexander
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 2, 2007
Box Office: $71.9M
Runtime:
MGM/Dimension - Official Site

Cast


as Mike Enslin

as Lilly Enslin

as Sam Farrell

as Father

as Kevin O'Malley

as Young Woman at Book ...

as Mr. Innkeeper

as Mrs. Innkeeper

as Cashier

as Man One at Book Sign...

as Man Two at Book Sign...

as Surfer Dude

as Mailbox Guy

as Secretary

as Desk Clerk

as Assistant Hotel Mana...

as Bellboy Noah

as Claw Hammer Maniac

as Factory Owner

as 1950s Lady

as Mailbox Worker No. 1

as Mailbox Worker No. 2

as Mailbox Worker No. 3

as Taxi Cab Driver

as Cop No. 1

as Fireman
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Critic Reviews for 1408

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (37)

Like shacking up with a cheap hooker in a moderately priced hotel, 1408 delivers dirty thrills with few frills.

Full Review… | November 3, 2012
TheShiznit.co.uk

Another actor may have made 1408 seem as thin and fake as an episode of Tales from the Crypt, but Cusack lends it that badly needed extra milligram of conviction.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Sight and Sound

1408 is another Stephen King adaptation where the main protagonist is a writer. It is also a fine psychological horror movie and welcome change of pace from the ultra violent, gore polluted, torture porn flicks currently infecting cinema.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

The success of 1408 rests squarely on [John Cusack's] Hawaiian shirt-clad shoulders, and he pulls it off. The role, that is. The tacky shirt stays on pretty well the whole time.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010

A good, old-fashioned horror flick, one that relies on supernatural chills, psychological twists and top-shelf special effects -- as opposed to the recent trend toward ball gags, bound wrists and bad lighting.

Full Review… | July 24, 2009
Times-Picayune

Cusack's gritty, near over-the-top performance goes a long way, as does the subtle slow burn from director Mikael Håfström, but Samuel L. Jackson needed to be nudged awake as the hotel manager.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for 1408

Cusack, my favorite actor of all time, in a another top notching film. I thought his performance in t his was great.

jmanard52
John Manard

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½

This exciting film based on the terrifying story by Stephen King contains chills , thrills , suspense , and supernatural situations . The picture succeeds because the thriller , tension , suspense , as well as a superbly written script delving into the human psyche in such extreme situation and ours instinctive urges for survival . The screenplay manages to be intelligent , intriguing and thrilling , the good thing about this film is that the director made it on an acceptable budget only having to do a few sets , yet the movie works on many levels but is constantly reconfigured . Extraordinary performance from John Cusack in his second appearance in a Stephen King film adaptation , the first was Stand by Me. The picture bears certain relation with ¨The Shining¨ both movies were also shot at the same studio - Elstree, in London . The story this film was based on was almost never written ,Stephen King originally created the first few pages of '1408' for his nonfiction book, "On Writing," as an example of how to revise a first draft. The story, however, intrigued him, and he wound up not only finishing a complete draft, but adapting it for an audio-book compilation of short stories. Colorful and evocative cinematography by magnificent cameraman Benoît Delhomme . Thrilling and suspenseful musical score by Gabriel Yared who had formerly won an Academy Award for Anthony Minghella's The English patient . The motion picture was compellingly directed by Mikael Hafstrom , an expert on terror and sinister atmospheres as proved in ¨Drowning ghost¨, ¨Evil ¨, ¨The rite¨ , and of course ¨1408¨, he's now filming ¨The Tomb¨. Rating : Good , above average . The picture will appeal to Terror buffs and Joan Cusack fans .This is without a doubt a thought-provoking and mysterious film to be liked for terror fans , turning out to be one of the most original horror movies of the last years . 3 1/2 Stars 11-6-07 (Updated)

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Bruce Bruce

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