1408 (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

1408 (2007)



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 the hotel manager, the author is the first person in years to stay in the reputedly haunted room. Another bestseller may be imminent, but first he must go from skeptic to true believer--and ultimately survive the night.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
MGM/Dimension - Official Site


John Cusack
as Mike Enslin
Mary McCormack
as Lilly Enslin
Tony Shalhoub
as Sam Farrell
Len Cariou
as Father
Paul Kasey
as Kevin O'Malley
Alexandra Silber
as Young Woman at Book ...
Paul Birchard
as Mr. Innkeeper
Margot Leicester
as Mrs. Innkeeper
Walter Lewis
as Cashier
Eric Meyers
as Man One at Book Sign...
David Nicholson
as Man Two at Book Sign...
Johann Urb
as Surfer Dude
Andrew Lee Potts
as Mailbox Guy
Emily Harvey
as Secretary
Kim Thomson
as Desk Clerk
Drew Powell
as Assistant Hotel Mana...
Noah Lee Margetts
as Bellboy Noah
Benny Urquidez
as Claw Hammer Maniac
Ray Nicholas
as Factory Owner
Tina Maskell
as 1950s Lady
George Cottle Jr.
as Mailbox Worker No. 1
Julian Spencer
as Mailbox Worker No. 2
William Willoughby
as Mailbox Worker No. 3
Angel Oquendo
as Taxi Cab Driver
Chris Carey
as Fireman
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Critic Reviews for 1408

All Critics (171) | Top Critics (37)

An excursion through the psychological intrigue of the human mind that is precise, tense, atmospheric and performed with great dramatic intensity.

Full Review… | January 27, 2016

Definitely one of the best King adaptations in years ... and I've seen 'em all.

Full Review… | August 28, 2015

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

Full Review… | November 3, 2012

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
Georgia Straight

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.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


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)

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


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