The PG-13 rating given to 1408 belies this film's truly terrifying effects on its audience. Though it's far less gory than its... Read More
The PG-13 rating given to 1408 belies this film's truly terrifying effects on its audience. Though it's far less gory than its peers, it has frightening moments and a creepy mood throughout. John Cusack (IDENTITY) plays Mike Enslin, a gifted writer who has turned his talents to paranormal travel books. His stays in haunted hotels never shake him, but he's intrigued by New York's Dolphin Hotel. Room 1408 has been the site of dozens of deaths, and this is a selling point for the skeptic in Mike. Despite the warnings of the hotel manager (Samuel L. Jackson, BLACK SNAKE MOAN), Mike resolves to stay in the haunted room. No one has lasted more than an hour in 1408, and Mike has his work cut out for him. <br> <br> Though Cusack got his acting pedigree in comedies, he proves he's able to adeptly carry a horror film. He's in practically every frame of the film, often alone, and he's great at making the audience share in his fear. This is the second English-language film from director Mikael Hafstrom (DERAILED), ... Minimize
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|Stars||John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson|
|Actors||Mary McCormack, Tony Shalhoub|
|Available Formats||DVD: Collector's Edition; 2-Disc Set, DVD: Full Frame, DVD: Widescreen|
|UPC||796019805308, 796019805315, 796019807746|
|Subgenre||Based On A Novel • Writers|
|MPAA Rating||PG-13 (MPAA), Unrated|
|Screenwriter||Larry Karaszewski, Matt Greenberg, Scott Alexander|
|Professional Reviews||(06/22/2007, p.52, Owen Gleiberman): "[I]t's a deft Stephen King freak-out....What happens to Cusack is a roller coaster of a head trip..." -- Grade: B, (06/22/2007, p.6D, Scott Bowles): 3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] faithful and creepy adaptation....Cusack's performance slowly reveals a man trying to exorcise his own demons by debunking others.", (06/22/2007, p.E8, Jeannette Catsoulis): "Directed by Mikael Hafstrom with old-fashioned restraint and a stylish use of close-ups...", (09/01/2007, p.40, Nev Pierce): 3 stars out of 5 -- "A terrific performance from John Cusack as a cynic on a paranormal mission nudges this towards the higher end of King adaps.", (09/01/2007, p.48, Nick De Semlyen): 3 stars out of 5 -- "Cusack, a master of understatement, plays it cool and quiet, so when he does freak out, it's all the more powerful."|
Product Review Summary
21 Reviews from Epinions.com
Oct 11, 2007
Stephen King's Charming Panic Room...
Pros: Tense, startling, disturbing with flashes of humor
Cons: Horror, like Humor, is very subjective... not everyone has the same buttons
Apr 28, 2008
Stephen King and Mikael Hafstrom team up to make a riveting movie
Pros: Very suspenseful; when you think you have the whole thing figured out, it turns
Cons: I really cant think of any
Dec 3, 2008
1408 is mind game you won't want to miss.
Pros: keeps you on the edge on your seat.
Cons: bad language,
Mar 11, 2008
Really Good Movie.
Pros: Cusack and Jackson were great actors in the movie, good horror movie
Cons: Wasn't very suspenseful. Mushy part at the end that screwed up the movie.
Jan 8, 2008
1408 is evil, in a good way!
Pros: scary, mind bending, flawless acting
Cons: some things leave you hanging
Jan 26, 2009
1408 Movie Review - Don't Stay In Room 1408!
Pros: Cusack and Jackson's performances. Excellent, Gripping Story.
Cons: Slow pacing at beginning.
Jun 4, 2008
Room 1408 is going to GET YOU!! (unrated version)
Pros: Really great scares, Okay premise
Cons: The scary scenes don't stay with you and haunt you when the movie's over
Dec 23, 2007
John Cusacks fugue in room 1408
Pros: Excellent acting, and cinematography.
Cons: Probably too disturbing for younger audiences.
Aug 7, 2009
The 411 on 1408
Pros: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson.
Cons: Maudlin flashbacks.
Jan 31, 2008
1408 - Stephen King's Haunted Hotel Room
Pros: great directing, scary without being gory, excellent acting by Cusack and Jackson
Cons: lots of plot holes