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1408 (2007)

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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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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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Cast

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 (170) | Top Critics (37)

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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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…
Salon.com
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A faithful and creepy adaptation of [King's] 2002 short story.

June 22, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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.

June 22, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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1408 is one of the good Stephen King adaptations, one that maintains its author's sly sense of humor and satiric view of human nature.

June 22, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for 1408

½

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.

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