Saturday, April 9, 2011

13. 1408

Title:        1408
Year:        2007
Genre:      Supernatural Thriller
Type:        A-Movie
Run Time: 104

Director: Mikael Håfström

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Based on a story by suspense master Stephen King, 1408 is a gripping ""roller-coaster of a head trip"" (Owen Gleibermaqn, Entertainment Weeklu) that will have you on the edge of your seat. 

John Cusack delivers a ""tour de force performance"" (Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter) as a skeptical writer investigating paranormal events. When he insists on staying in the reportedly haunted room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotelagainst the grave warnings of the hotel manager (Samuel L. Jackson), he discovers the room's deadly secret - an evil so powerful, no one has ever survived an hour within its walls. In the tradition of King's The Shining and Misery, 1408 is ""a psychologically thrilling movie that leaves you gasping in the end"" (Desiree Belmarez, Denver Post)

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Personal Thoughts

1408 is a 2007 American supernatural thriller,  directed by Swedish director Mikael Håfström, starring John CusackSamuel L. Jackson, and Mary McCormack. The film is based on Stephen King's 1999 short story of the same title. 

“1408" in my humble opinion, is a magnificent piece of horror. The movie centers around Mike Enslin (John Cusack), a renown horror novelist who believes in only what can be seen with his own two eyes. His life however takes a drastic turn (the skeptic in him appeased once and for all) when he decides to check into suite 1408 of the infamous Dolphin Hotel. What he refused to believe then, he's forced to believe now!


1408 is definitely my kind of flick. To say that I enjoyed it would be a bit of an understatement, and that's not to say it was perfect. It has flaws just like most other movies out there on the market. But I guess you can just say that I'm a sucker for these types of movies. 

John Cusack and Samuel Jackson in my opinion, give solid performances (though Samuel Jackson's role is small in this film). I liked the "skeptic who's in for a crude awakening" style storyline. I loved the chilling tales of those who had so tragically succumbed to the evil forces of room 1408. And I also liked the cinematography, atmosphere and vibe of the movie.

Though the movie's not really scary, it does still have some parts that might make you jump!

If you're a fan of haunted house, scary places and ghost movies, then 1408 may be worth taken a look at.

SPECIAL NOTE: it's been said that the title 1408 = the number 13 ... 1+4+8 = 13 ... thus we've chosen to make this movie our 13th recommendation!

What I liked:

- The ghostly undertones
- The mood, atmosphere and setting
- The 1408 room, along with its chiller history
- The fact that the movie makes mention of "Mount Hope Cemetery" from Rochester New York, where I'm from

What I didn't like:

- The movies feels as though it can drag at times
- There are a few plot holes
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