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1408 (2007)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 170
Fresh: 133 | Rotten: 37

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

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 9

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

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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

Oct 2, 2007

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The tale is skimpy, mostly set in a New York City suite that, despite its bustling midtown location, is said to host unspeakable evil-and it doesn't even have Wi-Fi.

June 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comment (1)
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It reminds us what it's like to be scared in a theater rather than overwhelmed by buckets of blood and gore.

June 23, 2007 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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The movie attempts a false ending that doesn't quite work; the picture feels prolonged, dragged out, and its ennui lessens the impact of some of its more terrifying fillips.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Salon.com | Comments (14)
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A faithful and creepy adaptation of [King's] 2002 short story.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Even as haunted hotel King movies go, 1408 is certainly no Shining. Not even the TV-movie version.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comments (7)
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A genuinely disturbing and ingenious piece of horror that's as much a brainteaser as it is a feast of visual creativity.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Like shacking up with a cheap hooker in a moderately priced hotel, 1408 delivers dirty thrills with few frills.

November 3, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
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.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
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.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
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.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

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.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
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.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Forcing the audience to experience his terror with an almost first-hand immediacy, Cusack runs the emotional gamut ...

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

Una buena idea y unos 20 minutos iniciales inquietantes y sugestivos se descarrilan rápidamente hacia la parafernalia y el exceso visual. Nada convence, excepto el esfuerzo de John Cusack por convencernos de que se lo ha tomado en serio.

April 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Comment (1)
Uruguay Total

From the start, it builds to a point of unbearable tension and then rewards us with a payoff that is cleverly executed and genuinely terrifying.

April 9, 2008
San Francisco Examiner

Cusack always manages to underscore panic with irony.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

I'm very hard to please when it comes to the horror genre, but pleased I am with 1408, a dread concoction from Stephen King, sharply committed to film by a clever screenplay, solid direction and terrific performances.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The legitimately creepy exposition turns into relentlessly typical "haunted house" boilerplate.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Comment (1)
Antagony & Ecstasy

Though not especially original, this is frightening and disturbing film and the effects take a while to wear off.

September 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

For all of 1408's shortcomings, all that's really needed to lift it a level is some decent scares, but one or two spooky moments just isn't enough.

September 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Comment (1)

...one of the most gleefully loony things you'll see this year.

September 4, 2007 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

You leave the film once again feeling that Stephen King is either not quite as good as his reputation or that most film-makers can't replicate the subtleties of his style.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London | Comments (4)
This is London

1408 is the best King conversion since Misery.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

"No one lasts more than an hour," goes the saying about the room. It's probably how long your attention lasts too. But it's one hell of an hour.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper
thelondonpaper

John Cusack's edgy, likeable performance carries this paranormal chiller, based on a Stephen King story and highly reminiscent of his landmark shockfest The Shining.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Cusack, who is in almost every scene, is astutely cast: his sardonic persona gradually disintegrates as the room plays its malevolent tricks on him.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Audience Reviews for 1408

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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A cynical writer who specialises in debunking ghostly guest houses checks into a hotel room with a reputation for a long history of mayhem and soon begins to question his assumptions and sanity. Dear Lord, it's yet ANOTHER Stephen King adaptation containing the usual hokey premise and telegraphed "twists" that lumber over the horizon directly on cue in a Twilight Zone inspired chiller by numbers. It actually starts rather well as John Cusack is as watchable as ever and the scene in which he verbally spars with Samuel L. Jackson is quite good fun and like the similar Identity, also starring Cusack, it's quite intriguing right up until the moment you realise it's just the usual half-hearted horror nonsense rather than the off beat thriller you were hoping for. Most of the film just sees our hero within the same four walls staving off every scary movie cliche in the book and it soon becomes obvious that despite Cusack's winning charm, the idea just hasn't got the legs to last the full feature length. In the end, the hotel room location and obligatory King style chills just served to remind me how much better The Shining was and how much I'd rather have been watching that instead.
May 4, 2013
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    1. Mike Enslin: $8 for beer nuts? This room is evil.
    – Submitted by ila s (13 months ago)
    1. Mike Enslin: Sometimes you can't get rid if bad memories, you just gotta live with them.
    – Submitted by Melinda S (17 months ago)
    1. Mike Enslin: Listen, I've been trapped.
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (18 months ago)
    1. Mike Enslin: ...but where's the bone-chilling terror?
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (18 months ago)
    1. Mike Enslin: Is this it?
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (18 months ago)
    1. Mike Enslin: Go to hell!
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (18 months ago)
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