Rated: PG-13

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John Cusack plays Michael Enslin, a skeptical writer who travels around the country investigating paranormal events within various places (hotels, houses, mansions, graveyards, lighthouses, etc). He happens upon the story of a haunted room in the Dolphin Hotel, where every visitor who has stayed within room 1408 dies a grisly death within an hour. No one has yet to survive a night’s stay. Michael, against the warnings of the manager (Samuel L. Jackson), chooses to stay in the room, unfazed by the stories and unbelieving. But the room has been waiting for a visitor for a very long time, and now that it has one, the room is extremely reluctant to let Michael go.

John Cusack is AMAZING in this movie! There is never once you don’t believe he is the tragic, skeptical character of Michael Enslin. He has great emotional depth. You will be wanting to slap him and root for his safety all at the same time.

Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t have a huge part in this movie but he gives a terrific performance as the manager who is determined by all means to convince John Cusack’s character to stay away from room 1408. My favorite line in the movie, “It’s an evil f***ing room.”

1408 is more than just another horror flick. It has a heartfelt story mixed into all the gore and devastating past of the hotel room. The master of suspense and horror, Stephen King, does yet another magnificent job! 1408 is a psychological thrill ride! There is not a moment you aren’t gripping your seat or in my case, hiding under your comforter. This movie will have your heart pounding and your palms sweating. Just as The Shining made me want to check my bathroom every time I go in to take a shower, 1408 made me never want to stay in a hotel room again!


Director: Mikael Håfström

Running Time: 104 minutes

Rating: 10/10 stars