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1408 (2007)

PG-13 | | Horror | 22 June 2007 (USA)
A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.

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Storyline

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 posessed 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

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material including disturbing sequences of violence and terror, frightening images and language | See all certifications »

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22 June 2007 (USA)  »

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Soba 1408  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,617,667 (USA) (24 June 2007)

Gross:

$71,985,628 (USA)
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Trivia

Additional reference to the number "13": when talking on the phone towards the end of the movie, two of the voices identify themselves as previous "victims" of Room 1408; "This is Number 5..." and "this is Number 8....", both of which add up to 13. See more »

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Before and after the "Blue Light Scan" scene, there is a chocolate on the pillow. During the scan, there is no chocolate. See more »

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[first lines]
Mike Enslin: Hi. Mike Enslin. Checking in.
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References Aliens (1986) See more »

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At Midnight
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Shined Up
20 September 2008 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

Shined Up

I decided to watch this after Polanski's "the Tenant" and that was probably a bad choice, because that film is precious.

This one consists of three elements, typical of the King formula.

The first is the expression of terror, shaped safely so that you can watch but not be personally threatened. I think this is a King invention. Here, we know WE would have taken seriously the warnings so he deserves what he gets. It relieves us.

The second element is trite, so far as I am concerned. Also a King specialty is to weave some sort of emotional trauma into the otherwise merely decorative horror. Here it is the death of our character's child, which happened before we meet him. This allows for the final zinger.

The third element is the stuff I study and that King knows well. I call it narrative folding. Situations are nested in each other. Time gets shifted, at the same time that the period in the room proceeds in real time, even with a clock counting down. Ghosts inhabit ghosts and all people are ghosts. Cold is hot. Water is land. Daughter is wife.

This is the stuff that makes the film work, and I think it is done pretty well. Its why they picked Cusak. He understands this stuff. Has since "Malkovich" and "Fidelity" and mastered in "Identity."

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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