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1408 (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror | 22 June 2007 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mike Enslin
Paul Birchard ... Mr. Innkeeper
Margot Leicester ... Mrs. Innkeeper
... Book Store Cashier
... Man #1 at Book Signing
David Nicholson ... Man #2 at Book Signing
... Lady at Book Signing
... Young Woman at Book Signing
... Surfer Dude
... Mailbox Guy
... Sam Farrell
Emily Harvey ... Secretary
Bill Armstrong ... Clay the Lawyer (as William Armstrong)
... Desk Clerk
... Assistant Hotel Manager
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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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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,617,667, 24 June 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$71,985,628

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$131,998,242, 8 February 2009
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There are many references to the number "13" throughout the movie. The room is numbered "1408;" add each number together and it equals 13 (1+4+0+8=13). The room is on the 14th floor, and the Hotel skips the 13th floor, so the room is technically on the 13th floor. The room's key lock also has "6214" etched into it, which adds up to 13 (6+2+1+4=13). And the first death was in the year 1912, which adds to 13 (1+9+1+2=13). Even the month and year of the movie's release date, June 2007, sums up to 13 (6/07; 6+7=13). The exact date the film was released in the United States was on June 22, 2007. See more »

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The hunting picture over the bed shows the horse reared up a couple of scenes before Mike sees the changes in all the paintings. See more »

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[first lines]
Mike Enslin: Hi. Mike Enslin. Checking in.
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different, subtle, and very, very good
4 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

Please note that this review refers to the theatrical version, and not the Director's Cut DVD release which features a completely different ending.

Mike Enslin is a cynic. He is the author of books that detail and debunk popular ghost stories and haunted hot-spots, and it quickly becomes obvious that he is somewhat disenchanted with the life that he leads. That is, of course, until he receives an invitation to Room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel, a room in which lies his and arguably John Cusack's biggest challenge yet.

It soon becomes apparent that 1408 is not your standard horror movie, as what follows, after an enjoyably creepy encounter with hotel manager Gerald Olin (Samuel L Jackson), is essentially 90 minutes of John Cusack in a room. On his own. Save for, of course, whatever lurks inside 1408. It is a challenge that Cusack rises to expertly; we all know he's a good actor and a brilliant everyman (I don't remember a film in which I've wanted to see him crash and burn), but 1408 allows him to display his range to great effect as the room confronts him with the physical dangers of the present and the emotional tragedies of his past.

While it's relatively light on big scares, 1408 instead creates a powerful sense of unease that combines wonderfully with Cusack's portrayal of a man enduring his own private hell. Each challenge thrown up by the room takes the movie somewhere new and unexpected, ensuring that the movie never really gets tired or repetitive, and as a result each scene in the room is tense, surprising, and very, very creepy. However, that's not to say that it doesn't lose its way occasionally. Some of the CGI usage is quite ineffective, and about two-thirds through the movie it feels like it's about to go the wrong way, but it recovers well for the final act, and its haunting ending ensures that you'll remember it long after you leave the theatre.

A brilliantly acted, well developed version of King's short story, 1408 is a different type of horror movie, but in all the right ways. Very good!


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