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John Cusack Stars in "1408."
OPENING WEEKEND: $18,000,000
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $47,000,000
OTHER PREVIEWS: Alatriste (7/10)
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March 5th, 2007: Renowned horror novelist Mike Enslin (John Cusack) only believes what he can see with his own two eyes. After writing a string of bestsellers discrediting paranormal events in the most infamous haunted houses and graveyards around the world, he scoffs at the concept of an afterlife. 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 (Samuel L. Jackson), the author is the first person in years to stay in the reputedly haunted room. Another bestseller may be imminent, but Enslin must first survive the night.

What to Expect: The film is based on a Stephen King short story by the same name, which originally appeared as a King audio book, called Blood and Smoke, and was subsequently included in his 2002 short story collection Everything's Eventual. The title, 1408, refers to the hotel room where the terrifying action will take place, and is derived from the fact that most hotels do not acknowledge the thirteenth floor, and actually claim that it is the fourteenth, all due to superstition. Add the fact that the sum of the individual numbers in the title add up to thirteen as well, the room becomes the epitome of bad luck and evil.

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According to King, the short story is so frightening that he himself was scared when he re-read it. In fact, he was quoted commenting on the trailer for the film, stating “the trailer is terrific, it looks like The Shining, only hot instead of cold,” referring to the ending.


At the end of the movie, Enslin sets fire to the room, in his attempt to escape.


While his seal of approval is great, the story is only a few pages long, and the goal is to squeeze out a two-hour feature film. Matt Greenberg was tasked with the job, but his script was later re-written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Neither is a newbie to writing, the duo have teamed-up on screenplays for such films as Ed Wood, Man on the Moon and The People vs. Larry Flynt, winning a Golden Globe for the latter. As for the filming, since there is no such building as the Dolphin Hotel in Manhattan, most of the shooting took place in London, with the exterior shots provided courtesy of The Roosevelt Hotel in NYC.

On more than one occasion a Stephen King story did not translate well into a full feature film. In fact, you would have to go all the way back to The Green Mile, to find a movie worthy of King's storytelling. Judging by the source, 1408 could join the many King failures, as the writers are working with limited material, which is already evident in the film. Some of the complaints from early screenings revolve around lack of story, claiming that the entire movie is just Cusack's character in a room. This is why we get a dead daughter, the room filling with water and Enslin seeing himself in the adjacent building, as was shown in the trailer.

The task of setting the mood will be handled by Samuel L. Jackson as the ominous hotel manager Mr. Olin, who desperately attempts to prevent Enslin from staying in the room. Many have suggested that Mr. Olin is somehow connected to the events taken place, which the movie hints at, but does not reveal with certainty.


During the time when Enslin thinks that he has escaped from the room, the hotel manager appears to lock him back in and taunt him with an "I told you so." While it may just be another hallucination, at the end of the film we see Mr. Olin being extremely calm when the room catches ablaze.


The book suggests that the manager is a pudgy white man with some European background, but director Mikael Håfström believes Jackson "can take this guy a step further." In the first half of the story, Olin creates a creepy atmosphere by telling the many tales of death that occurred in the room, including guests slicing their wrists, cutting off their genitals and even drowning in a bowl of soup. That is why it will be Jackson's job to set the mood from the get go. Unfortunately, he is only given 10-15 minutes to do so, as his role is very limited. This is a clear case of using a big name to promote the movie and get people into the theaters.

The film’s main act in the hotel room is likely to last for about an hour and will probably be shown in real time.


In the short story, King gives away the ending half way through, explaining that Enslin only lasted 70 minutes, eventually escaping. The film sets this up as well, by showing the alarm clock adjusting itself to a one hour countdown, with the finale staying true to the story.


In Conclusion: Unlike most other horror films, 1408 will attempt at thrills through creepy and inexplicable events rather than gore. Many have complained that while the paranormal events are tense and scary, the film does not offer an explanation for what is taking place. In this kind of movie, an explanation can only damage the story, since there really is no good reason for ghost sightings or for walls to be melting in a hotel room. Also, early viewers were a little disappointed at the lack of screen time for Samuel L. Jackson, as they expected his character to break into the room any second and yell out "I have had it with these mother****ing ghosts in this mother****ing room!"

If you happen to be one of the people that was looking forward to a good Stephen King adaptation, you will not find that with 1408, but feel good in knowing that Cell, Creepshow and Pet Cemetery are currently in development.

Similar Titles: The Shining, Secret Window, The X-Files: The Movie
June 22nd, 2007 (wide)
October 2nd, 2007 (DVD)

The Weinstein Company LLC, MGM

Mikael Håfström

John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack, Tony Shalhoub, Andrew Lee Potts

Total: 117 vote(s).

Horror, Suspense

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material including disturbing sequences of violence and terror, frightening images and language.

94 min





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