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1408 (2007)


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

Critics 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.

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 28
Rotten: 10

Critics 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.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 743,167


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

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


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Critic Reviews for 1408

All Critics (171) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (133) | Rotten (37) | DVD (23)

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.

Full Review… | June 23, 2007
Time Out New York
Top Critic

It reminds us what it's like to be scared in a theater rather than overwhelmed by buckets of blood and gore.

Full Review… | June 23, 2007
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 22, 2007
Top Critic

A faithful and creepy adaptation of [King's] 2002 short story.

Full Review… | June 22, 2007
USA Today
Top Critic

Even as haunted hotel King movies go, 1408 is certainly no Shining. Not even the TV-movie version.

Full Review… | June 22, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A genuinely disturbing and ingenious piece of horror that's as much a brainteaser as it is a feast of visual creativity.

Full Review… | June 22, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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

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

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

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

Full Review… | July 7, 2008

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.

Full Review… | April 13, 2008
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.

Full Review… | February 1, 2008
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.

Full Review… | November 30, 2007
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review… | September 12, 2007
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

Full Review… | September 8, 2007
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.

Full Review… | September 8, 2007 of the most gleefully loony things you'll see this year.

Full Review… | September 4, 2007
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.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
This is London

1408 is the best King conversion since Misery.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
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.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007

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.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007

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

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
Daily Telegraph

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


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


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.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


Mike Enslin:
$8 for beer nuts? This room is evil.
– Submitted by ila s (20 months ago)
Mike Enslin:
Sometimes you can't get rid if bad memories, you just gotta live with them.
– Submitted by Melinda S (24 months ago)
Mike Enslin:
Listen, I've been trapped.
– Submitted by Baurushan J (2 years ago)
Mike Enslin:
...but where's the bone-chilling terror?
– Submitted by Baurushan J (2 years ago)
Mike Enslin:
Is this it?
– Submitted by Baurushan J (2 years ago)
Mike Enslin:
Go to hell!
– Submitted by Baurushan J (2 years ago)

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