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1408 (2007)

aka 1408

"The only demons in room 1408 are those within you."

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Details: 104 mins · English · PG-13 (USA)

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This was one heck of a ride. Our main character spends his career checking out hotels that claim they’re haunted (so they can get more business/attention/press). He is eventually invited to the Dolphine Hotel’s room 1408 which has been site of several deaths in the past and is closed off to the public. Being a bit jaded he goes in to prove that the room isn’t a death trap.

Once he checks in for the night though, things get down right freaky. Obviously, apparitions appear, the room tries to kill him, etc etc. Even though that’s what I went in expecting, I was still a nervous wreck by the end of the movie. It was done so well it kept my attention to every detail to see what was coming next. Heck, there’s this song that comes on the alarm clock in the movie that I seriously never want to hear again. It’s not even a spooky song, something upbeat and a little old-fashioned, but this movie has ruined it for me.

Everything was well done here, I can’t even think of something I did...(more)

This was one heck of a ride. Our main character spends his career checking out hotels that claim they’re haunted (so they can get more business/attention/press). He is eventually invited to the Dolphine Hotel’s room 1408 which has been site of several deaths in the past and is closed off to the public. Being a bit jaded he goes in to prove that the room isn’t a death trap.

Once he checks in for the night though, things get down right freaky. Obviously, apparitions appear, the room tries to kill him, etc etc. Even though that’s what I went in expecting, I was still a nervous wreck by the end of the movie. It was done so well it kept my attention to every detail to see what was coming next. Heck, there’s this song that comes on the alarm clock in the movie that I seriously never want to hear again. It’s not even a spooky song, something upbeat and a little old-fashioned, but this movie has ruined it for me.

Everything was well done here, I can’t even think of something I didn’t like. Honestly, I’ve watched this movie 3 times now and still don’t have an issue with it. (less)

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Cast:

Small Mike Enslin
Small Gerald Olin
Small Lilly Enslin
Small Katie Enslin
Small Sam Farrell
No_movie_poster junge Frau
No_movie_poster Sekretärin
No_movie_poster Noah
No_movie_poster Clay
Small Mr. Innkeeper
Small Mike's Father
No_movie_poster Secretary
Small Mike Enslin's ex-wife
No_movie_poster Young Woman at Book Signing

Crew:

No_movie_poster Doug J. Meerdink Art Direction
Small Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Small Stephen King Original Story
No_movie_poster Gabriel Yared Music
No_movie_poster Scott Alexander Screenplay
No_movie_poster Larry Karaszewski Screenplay
No_movie_poster Peter Boyle Editor
No_movie_poster Lorenzo di Bonaventura Producer
No_movie_poster Benoît Delhomme Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Natalie Ward Costume Design
No_movie_poster Andrew Laws Production Design
Small Mikael Håfström Director
No_movie_poster Matt Greenberg Screenplay
No_movie_poster Jake Myers Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Stuart Kearns Art Direction
No_movie_poster Karl Derrick Makeup Artist
No_movie_poster Paul Corbould Special Effects
Small Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Small Stephen King Story Contributor

Taglines:

"The only demons in room 1408 are those within you."

Plot:

Mike Enslin (John Cusack) is a skeptical author who, after the death of his daughter Katie (Jasmine Jessica Anthony), writes books appraising supernatural events in which he has no belief. After his latest book, he receives an anonymous postcard depicting The Dolphin, a hotel on Lexington Avenue in New York City, bearing the message "Don't enter 1408". Viewing this as a challenge, Mike forces the hotel to allow him to book a stay in the room. The hotel manager, Gerald Olin (Samuel L. Jackson) tries to dissuade Mike from checking into the room, explaining that 56 people have died in the room over the past 95 years and that no one has lasted more than an hour inside it. Mike, who does not believe in the paranormal, insists on staying in the room.


Once inside the room, Mike records on his mini-cassette the room's dull appearance and its unimpressive lack of supernatural phenomena. During his examination, the clock radio suddenly starts playing "We've Only Just Begun", but Mike assumes this is a trick of Olin's. At 8:07, the song plays again and the clock's digital display changes to a countdown starting from "60:00". Mike begins to experience supernatural events, including the window slamming down on his hand, the hotel operator calling about food he didn't order, and spectral hallucinations of the room's past victims as well as of his family, particularly his daughter. Mike's attempts to leave the room are in vain; the doorknob breaks off the door, climbing through the air ducts prompts an escape from the corpse of a former room victim, and climbing onto the window ledge reveals the windows of the other rooms are gone. The ledge scenes have a lot of similarities to King's short story "The Ledge".


Mike uses his laptop to contact his estranged wife Lily (Mary McCormack), but the sprinkler system shorts out his laptop. The room temperature drops to subzero when the laptop suddenly begins to work again, and Lily tells him the police have entered 1408, but the room is empty. A doppelgänger of Mike appears in the chat window and urges Lily to come to the hotel herself. The room shakes violently and Mike breaks a picture of a ship in a storm, flooding the room. He surfaces on a beach, the result of a surfing accident earlier in the film, and after returning to a normal life and reconciling with Lily, he assumes it was all a dream. Lily persuades him to write a book about it, but when visiting the post office to send the manuscript to his publisher, he recognizes a construction crew as the hotel staff, and they destroy the post office to reveal Mike is still trapped in 1408, the walls now burnt and broken. A vision of Katie appears to Mike, and after some reluctance, he embraces her before she crumbles to dust. Mike hears the clock radio begin to play and looks for it in the rubble, seeing it count down the final seconds. When the countdown ends, the room is suddenly restored to normal, and the clock radio resets itself to 60:00.


The "hotel operator" calls Mike again, and informs him that he can relive the hour over and over again, or take his own life. Mike sees a hangman's noose and has a vision of himself hanged, but refuses. Mike uses a bottle of cognac he received from Olin to make a Molotov cocktail and sets the room on fire. The hotel is evacuated and Lily is prevented from entering. Mike then throws an ash tray at the window, causing a backdraft. Fire fighters enter the scorched room, and pull Mike to safety. In his office, Olin quietly says, "Well done, Enslin. Well done." As Mike recovers with Lily at his bedside, he tells her about Katie, but Lily doesn't believe him. The two reconcile and Mike moves back in with Lily. During the move, Lily finds a box of items retrieved from the rubble of 1408. Mike retrieves his tape recorder and after some tinkering, gets it to play. As Lily unpacks their stuff, he replays the conversation with him and Katie. Lily overhears the recording and drops the boxes, staring at Mike in horror. Mike stares at her grimly, as the scene blacks out.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2007-06-22 : United States of America