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Samuel L. Jackson as Gerald Olin
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Kate Walsh as Mike Enslin's ex-wife
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John Cusack as Mike Enslin
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610.88 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 44 min
P/S 2 / 10
1.64 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 44 min
P/S 4 / 39

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ma-cortes7 / 10

Thrilling film dealing with a supernatural writer determined to check out a mysterious room

A man named Mike Enslin (John Cusack ,though Keanu Reeves was attached for playing lead role in the movie) writes books evaluating supernatural phenomena in hotels, and other haunted locations , as he specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences . Shortly thereafter Mike meets the manager of the hotel Gerald Olin (Samuel L. Jackson) and he checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel . Soon after settling in , he confronts genuine terror and stays locked-up . Later on , he gets to communicate his wife (Kate Walsh was originally cast in this film, but was forced to drop out due to scheduling conflict and she was replaced by Mary McCormack) by means of a computer .

This exciting film based on the terrifying story by Stephen King contains chills , thrills , suspense , and supernatural situations . The picture succeeds because the thriller , tension , suspense , as well as a superbly written script delving into the human psyche in such extreme situation and ours instinctive urges for survival . The screenplay manages to be intelligent , intriguing and thrilling , the good thing about this film is that the director made it on an acceptable budget only having to do a few sets , yet the movie works on many levels but is constantly reconfigured . Extraordinary performance from John Cusack in his second appearance in a Stephen King film adaptation , the first was Stand by Me. The picture bears certain relation with ¨The Shining¨ both movies were also shot at the same studio - Elstree, in London . The story this film was based on was almost never written ,Stephen King originally created the first few pages of '1408' for his nonfiction book, "On Writing," as an example of how to revise a first draft. The story, however, intrigued him, and he wound up not only finishing a complete draft, but adapting it for an audio-book compilation of short stories. Colorful and evocative cinematography by magnificent cameraman Benoît Delhomme . Thrilling and suspenseful musical score by Gabriel Yared who had formerly won an Academy Award for Anthony Minghella's The English patient . The motion picture was compellingly directed by Mikael Hafstrom , an expert on terror and sinister atmospheres as proved in ¨Drowning ghost¨, ¨Evil ¨, ¨The rite¨ , and of course ¨1408¨, he's now filming ¨The Tomb¨. Rating : Good , above average . The picture will appeal to Terror buffs and Joan Cusack fans .This is without a doubt a thought-provoking and mysterious film to be liked for terror fans , turning out to be one of the most original horror movies of the last years .

Reviewed by MartinHafer9 / 10

If the room were only inhabited by ghosts, but instead it's just plain evil!

"1408" is a story taken from a Stephen King short story. Because it's from a short story, it's not surprising that the film has a very simple plot.

Mike (John Cusack) is the author of various parapsychology books about ghosts. One of the specialities of some of the books are haunted hotels and he spends much of his time traveling all over trying out these hotel rooms and then writing about how he saw no evidence of hauntings. However, when he checks out a lead to haunted room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel, he finds that the hotel is intent on convincing him not to stay there! In other words, while most hotels play up the haunted angle to drum up business, this place tries hard to convince folks not to stay in 1408. What follows is Mike's hellish experience staying in a room that seems less haunted and more just evil...and intent on breaking him and driving him into madness by preying on his greatest fears.

This film has one of the simplest plots I can recall and a very tiny cast. In fact, most of the film it's just Cusack and the room of evil! And, given these constraints, it's a pretty amazing horror film. Vivid, scary and very unconventional. It's NOT some typical ghost or horror story, that's for sure. And, the worst part of it? The ever-present danger that the room will once again play the Carpenter's "We've Only Just Begun"...which is does repeatedly!

Reviewed by bkoganbing6 / 10

"I do believe in spooks, I do, I do, I do"

This adaption of a Stephen King novel finds John Cusack as a writer specializing in debunking the occult and makes a pretty good living at it. He's informed about a room at the Dolphin Hotel on Lexington and East 45 Street in Manhattan, number 1408 which has an unusual number of deaths associated with it. You know he's got to check this one out.

It's a Stephen King book so you know the rumors are going to be well founded. Most of the film involves John Cusack in that room 1408 all by himself dealing with an occult freak show. Needless to say, he's a believer by the end of the film.

Cusack does a good job as the cynical writer who turns into a believer. If you listen faintly into the background you can just hear Bert Lahr saying, "I do believe in spooks, I do, I do, I do."

If this kind of film is what you like than this film will be to your liking. Stephen King fans provide a loyal fan base so I expect the film to do well.

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