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Conclusive proof both that one man can power a horror film, and also that John Cusack is one of the most believable actors of his generation, 1408 is an entertaining and surprisingly effective Stephen King adaptation, albeit one that runs out of steam by the final reel.
The premise finds Cusacks character as an author of paranormal books, even though he doesnt believe in such things himself. However, when researching his latest work, he checks into the mysterious room 1408 at The Dolphin Hotel in New York, managed by Samuel L Jackson in an effective cameo. But room 1408 is a room where nobody has lasted more than an hour in it, and thus Cusack considers it the perfect location for some book research.
Its in the build up of its premise where 1408 is very much at its strongest. Cusack is a compelling guide through the story, and the film delivers some effective chills and jumps as the tension ratchets up. Into the final act and this control is relaxed, and as a result some of the potential is wasted, but youre still hard-pushed to feel short-changed as the credits role. For 1408 proves to be both an effective little horror film, and one of the best Stephen King adaptations in many, many years. --Simon Brew --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Although it has deep themes of grief et al, this essentially boils down to one man in a room being plagued by psychological and physical attacks, with the intended chills and shocks surreal in presentation. It's all very twisty and big on conundrums, which makes a second viewing something of a necessity, whilst Cusack's performance is also reason to check in for another viewing. However, it's not the scary movie some have lauded it as, in fact it's more fun-house palaver than anything terrifying, but there's no doubting the intelligence and skill of the writing. The mind is a curious, wonderful and troubling thing, and 1408 wants us to know it. 6/10
An excellent supernatural thriller!
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No English subtitles just Italian it seems like it's made for Italian market! Not been warned about it!!!Published 17 days ago by Adrianna Kazmierczak
Great film. Nice twist at the end. Well acted by both main characters.Published 2 months ago by gerrard mckeever
Yet another story from the boundless dark mind of Stephen King. The build-up of the danger of Room 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel in the conversation between John Cusack's cocky... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ozymandias
A brilliant horror movie wot say much as don't want to spoil it but definitely worth a watch very scary.Published 6 months ago by james