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.



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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.

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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 Signing
Paul Birchard
as Mr. Innkeeper
Margot Leicester
as Mrs. Innkeeper
Walter Lewis
as Cashier
Eric Meyers
as Man One at Book Signing
David Nicholson
as Man Two at Book Signing
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 Manager
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
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Critic Reviews for 1408

All Critics (175) | Top Critics (41)

  • Cusack always manages to underscore panic with irony.

    Feb 1, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 31, 2007 | Rating: 2/5
  • Unpretentious and effective.

    Aug 31, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Even if by the closing act the movie has begun to feel a bit preposterous (enter the giant sea storm) and the resolution a bit saccharine, that's a small price to pay for a movie that's trying hard to reinvent horror the old-fashioned way.

    Aug 31, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Things certainly go bump in the night in this slow-burning Stephen King adaptation. But 1408's short story origins are very clear: think a long, if enjoyable, episode of The Twilight Zone.

    Aug 29, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

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

    Jun 23, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 1408

  • Feb 20, 2017
    Good execution of a deeply flawed story. The film added some more elements to explain the halluciation Mike experiences, for a low budget film, it's not too bad, though there was virtually zero scare.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2015
    Underrated and overlooked, "1408" delivers old-school chills with a stand out supporting performance from Jackson.
    Joshua H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 28, 2014
    1408 teeters on the edge of thriller brilliance with a clever ending and shocking psychological tension, however too often feels a bit silly and slightly depressing. Why did Mike flip out at the very first sign of bizarreness? Still it is an above-average thriller with a great John Cusack. Rating: 64
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer


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