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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

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  • 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


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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Cusack, my favorite actor of all time, in a another top notching film. I thought his performance in t his was great.

John Manard
John Manard

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