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.
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Critic Reviews for 1408
It reminds us what it's like to be scared in a theater rather than overwhelmed by buckets of blood and gore.
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.
A faithful and creepy adaptation of [King's] 2002 short story.
Even as haunted hotel King movies go, 1408 is certainly no Shining. Not even the TV-movie version.
A genuinely disturbing and ingenious piece of horror that's as much a brainteaser as it is a feast of visual creativity.
Audience Reviews for 1408
This could have been a smart psychological horror but instead feels sterile and pointless, missing the chance to explore the possibilities of its premise and the character's issues. Besides, it becomes repetitive after some time, even though John Cusack compensates with a strong performance.
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)
|Mike Enslin:||$ 8 for beer nuts. This room is EVIL|
|Mike Enslin:||$8 for beer nuts? This room is evil.|
|Mike Enslin:||"Sometimes you can't get rid if bad memories, you just gotta live with them"|
|Mike Enslin:||Sometimes you can't get rid if bad memories, you just gotta live with them.|
|Mike Enslin:||Listen, I've been trapped.|
|Mike Enslin:||...but where's the bone-chilling terror?|