A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.
The cynical and skeptical writer Mike Enslin writes books evaluating supernatural phenomena in hotels, graveyards and other haunted places, usually debunking the mystery. While writing his latest book, he travels from Los Angeles to New York to spend one night in the Dolphin Hotel's evil room 1408, which is permanently unavailable for guests. The reluctant manager Mr. Gerald Olin objects to his request and offers an upgrade, expensive booze and finally relates the death of more than fifty guests over decades in the cursed room. However Mike threatens Mr. Olin, promising to sue the hotel, and is finally allowed to check into the room. Later in the night, he finds that guests of room 1408, once they have checked in, might never leave the room alive. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mike opens the room's Bible at random to Chapter 11 of Samuel 2; "11" and "2" added together equal "13." (Not to mention, the book sharing its name with Samuel L. Jackson.) Also, though it may be pure coincidence, the 13th verse of this same chapter is a close analogy to Mr. Olin's dealings with Mike: "At David's invitation, he [Uriah] ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master's servants; he did not go home." (New International Version.) This is part of the famous story of how King David sent Uriah out to die in battle so that he could marry Uriah's wife Bathsheeba. Olin's last line in the film implies a similar duplicity. See more »
When Mike Enslin enters 1408, he flicks on the first two light switches nearest to him. The camera cuts away and when it cuts back, only the middle switch is flicked down. See more »
A truly great horror film, with outstanding performances by both Samuel L. Jackson and Cusack. Well worth your money and time. If you are a Stephen King fan, then you will love this movie. I also suggest that you pick up and read the short story Room 1408. The movie truly captures the essence of the story, and when watching it, you'll think "Wow... this is definitely a Stephen King movie."
The film is so convincing that I couldn't believe that King didn't write the screenplay himself. This is a wonderful way to spend a few hours; I'm definitely going to see this one again.
This film also breaks away from the (at least recent) standard of having a crummy, thrown together story with copious amounts of gore thrown in in place of plot. This movie has an excellent story that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
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