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1408 (2007)

Mike Enslin (John Cusack) is a paranormal investigator who doesn't believe in much. One glorious afternoon, he receives a mysterious postcard warning him not to stay in room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel. Well, gosh, who could resist something like that. I mean honestly, that is a triple dog dare if I've ever heard one. Anyway, of course he goes, and of course it's bad news. 1408 is based on a short story by Stephen King, and Directed by Mikael Håfström. It also stars Samuel (I'm tired of these motherfuckin' ghosts in this motherfuckin' room" Jackson.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know there aren't ghosts in the room and that it's just all evil and stuff. But whatever you want to call it, something is in the room and it has issues with John Cusack. Which is weird, because he seems like a pretty good guy. Even though in the movie he ran out on his wife after their daughter died (from tumoritisosis or lubriderma or something equally horrific). Anyway, clearly this hotel room has issues, and it has chosen to take them out on John. 

I was really pleased, because 1408 genuinely creeped me out. I jumped numerous times even when I knew stuff was coming. I was also pleased because a lot of Stephen King's more recent film adaptations have been major suckfests (It's a lamp monster. . . ahhhh).  This movie is good stuff. The evil is never really explained, and stuff is always scarier when it's unknown. I did just about go ballistic when it seemed like the movie was taking an easy way out for the ending, but know worries it delivers. 

I know this isn't terribly relevant to this movie (or at all relevant really) But who do you think would win a steel cage death match between John and Joan Cusack. John may be stronger, but Joan is slathered in the crazy (she gets that crazed look in her eye like a cornered animal) My money is on Joan. 

And was anyone else sad that Samuel Jackson didn't have a bigger part in the movie? Briefly I thought "How cool would it be if he was the main character. Then I realized it would sucked, 'cause he would have gone all crazy and opened a can of whup ass all over the malevolence.

In Summary:

1) Gratuitous surfing

2) Tape recorder Fu

3) Random acts of carpentry

4) Lamp Fu

5) Buggery

6) and a very expensive moltov cocktail

All in all, I give it 4 out of 5 skulls


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