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Review: 1408
by This is Sparta! (dracadancer)
at October 20th, 2007 (03:32 pm)

1408 (2007)
directed by Mikael Hafstrom
Runtime: 94 mins
Rated PG-13 for thematic material including disturbing sequences of violence and terror, frightening images and language.

Summary: Writer Mike Enslin (John Cusack) is a paranormal skeptic writing books focusing on haunted places. When Enslin gets a random postcard in the mail warning him not to stay in room 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel in New York, he's determined to check out the notorious room himself. Hotel manager Mr. Olin (Samuel L. Jackson) has strong objections to Enslin's stay and warns him no one's lasted more than an hour in the room. Despite Olin's warnings, Enslin is determined to go through with his stay and convinced that the horrific past of 1408 is just mere coincidence and a myth. But what Mike Enslin is about to experience is no myth, as 1408 truly is a room where the guests don't check out at the front desk.

Review - The thing I like about movies based on Stephen King books or stories is that, even if they're not scary, he always gives evil a mild sense of humor. Evil likes to mess with you, and sometimes it messes with you in humorous ways. For a PG-13 horror movie this wasn't that bad. It wasn't really scary at all, and the crazier things got in the room the less scary it was, but it was entertaining to watch. The plot was predictable and had a few gaping holes in it. Like it never explained WHY the room was evil or WHY they let so many people stay in the room when the room kills everybody that goes in it. I mean how many people did they have to go through before they said, "Hey, maybe we shouldn't let people stay in that room"? 56 apparently.

There's nothing here you probably haven't seen before in other 'trapped in a haunted place' type horror movies. It reminded me a lot of Event Horizon in fact, just with less gore and in a hotel room not on a spaceship. There was a kind of 1950s-60s old school horrorish feel about it that I liked though. The bottom line is that John Cusack is a good enough actor that he makes this one man show of a movie work. If you would like to watch John Cusack act like he's going slowly insane, then this movie is worth watching for you, but don't expect any real scary moments. Three and half stars (the extra half a star just for the scene with John Cusack arguing with Samuel L. Jackson in his mini fridge).

Things I Learned From This Movie:
- When Samuel L. Jackson tells you not to stay in the evil effing room, DON'T stay in the evil effing room.
- If you're going to stay in a haunted room, be sure to take lots of liqueur. It makes the whole experience much easier.
- If Evil wants to give you a sandwich, do yourself a favor and just take the sandwich.
- Do not hold Evil close to an open flame. It's extremely flammable.
- Evil sounds a lot like an overly pleasant airline stewardess.


Posted by: horripilatus (horripilatus)
Posted at: October 27th, 2007 07:36 am (UTC)

i still dont get why that crazy ax-guy was on the ship? was the ship haunted and the ship boards were what made the room? that would be a lot more interesting.

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