1408 Reviews

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September 8, 2007
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.
September 4, 2007
...one of the most gleefully loony things you'll see this year.
August 31, 2007
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.
August 31, 2007
1408 is the best King conversion since Misery.
August 31, 2007
"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.
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.
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.
August 31, 2007
It all rather sidesteps the question of why reluctant manager Samuel L. Jackson fails to demand a written disclaimer from a guest insisting on a room that has seen 56 deaths, including drowning in chicken soup.
August 31, 2007
Unpretentious and effective.
August 31, 2007
Check in if you are a fan of Cusack or King.
August 31, 2007
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.
August 31, 2007
All good fun, but if horror films are meant to make you leap from your seat, this is an abject failure.
August 31, 2007
Despite faltering with an overblown second half, and stealing no thunder from Kubrick's haunted hotel effort, 1408 remains one of the more accomplished King adaptations. A deliciously old-school surprise.
August 31, 2007
A terrific performance from John Cusack as a cynic on a paranormal mission nudges this towards the higher end of King adaps. Eventually lets itself down, but not before shaking you up.
August 31, 2007
Not up there with the best King adaptations, but a fun Gothic yarn that, like all good ghost stories, is simple and dripping with dread.
August 30, 2007
Enjoyable chiller with some terrific suspense scenes and a superb performance from John Cusack.
August 29, 2007
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.
August 7, 2007
in terms of quality, 1408 is neither executive suite nor basement broom cupboard.
July 29, 2007
This presses all the right buttons, and is perfect accompaniment to the theater's air conditioning. A definite must for fans.
July 25, 2007
A horror movie that eschews today's penchant for torture porn and gets back to the basics.
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