don't want to go into that room"
Mike Enslin (Cusack)
writes books about the most haunted placed in America. Staying over night,
he gives them ratings out of ten for how scary they actually are but when
he receives a mysterious postcard telling him not to stay in room 1408 in
the Dolphin Hotel in New York, Mike is instantly intrigued. Discovering
that over fifty people have lost their lives in that room, Mike endeavours
to stay in the room, much to the annoyance of hotel manager Gerald Olin
(Jackson), who insists that no one stays in that room. As he enters, Mike
realises that this is not a hoax and his worst nightmares are about to come
Movies based on
Stephen King stories are a very mixed bag but can '1408' make a reservation
in the good category?
The problem with
Stephen King adaptations is that for every 'Green Mile', 'Stand by Me',
'The Shining', 'Misery' and 'Shawshank Redemption' you also get 'Dreamcatcher',
'Pet Cemetery', 'Sleepwalkers' and 'The Tommyknockers'. The fact that this
is nothing to do with the author himself, it is filmmakers and studios adapting
them for the silver screen that disappoints fans. When they get it right
you have some of the best suspense, horror, supernatural and human stories
to grace the silver screen but when they go wrong they are usually disastrous
messes that really make fans of the author really upset. Unfortunately '1408'
isn't going to win over fans of the author because this movie is a bit of
Based on one of
his short stories, '1408' is about Mike Enslin an author who debunks haunted
houses and other paranormal tales but when he hears of the Dolphin Hotel
in New York and the room 1408. The is a room that over fifty people have
died in, all under suspicious circumstances and because of this hotel manager
Gerald Olin has closed the room to all visitors, that is until Mike Enslin
uses his connections and forces Olin to let him stay in the room. As soon
as he enters however, he realises that the room is in fact haunted by the
spirits of those who have died and his worst nightmares are about to come
true. This of course leads to some frightening apparitions and the boundaries
between what is real and what is imagined become increasingly blurred but
the problem with this is that it is neither original nor frightening.
What Stephen King
movies do manage to attract a good cast and '1408' is no exception. In fact
it is the saving grace of the movie. Leading the film into the room is the
performance of John Cusack as Mike Enslin. Cusack has always been one of
Hollywood's most watchable actors and someone who is extremely cool in anything
he appears in. He is the everyman actor who everyone who like to be or meet.
As the novelist and debunker, we follow him into his own insanity and he
provides enough paranoia and doubt to draw you in at first but as the script
gets more and more far fetched even Cusack's skill can't really save the
movie. The support also does its best with the material with Mary McCormack
and the always-cool Samuel L. Jackson standing out.
'1408' is another
disappointing Stephen King adaptation that doesn't really create enough
horror or suspense to really get you really terrified. While the performances
are good and it is visual treat, the story is neither original nor horrifying
enough to get you on the edge of your seat, never mind running out of the
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Widescreen 1.85:1
Anamorphic with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, the transfer is good.
John Cusack on 1408: A
Webisode (2.33 mins)
The lead actor talks about his character, the story, Stephen King and
the 56 deaths associated with room 1408.
Inside Room 1408: A Website
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, special visual effects supervisor Paul
Carbould and stars John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson talk about adapting
the Stephen King short story and making and designing the Room.
Theatrical Trailer (2.28
Watch the trailer that previewed the movie in theatres and online.
Deleted Scenes (11.28 mins)
Entitled 'Contacting Lily', 'Thought with guilt', 'I warned you about
1408', 'Tilting room and Lily pleads at the door' and 'Arriving at the
Dolphin (Director's cameo)', these deleted scenes have optional commentary
by director Mikael Håfström and writers Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander.
Secrets of 1408
Director Mikael Håfström, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and stars John
Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson and Mary McCormack talk about the characters,
the director, the physical effects and the production design on '1408'
Director Mikael Håfström and writers Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander
talk about the production of '1408'. The group talk about the construction
of the plot, the characters, Stephen King's original story and the introduction
of horror, as well as giving away many a behind the scenes story. This
is a good track that fans will enjoy.
The DVD treatment for '1408'
is a little run of the mill but the commentary track makes up for the
average shortcomings. With enough behind the scenes footage and interviews
the featurettes are your usual patting on the back type but there is enough
here for fans to enjoy.
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