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.
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.
1) Gratuitous surfing
2) Tape recorder Fu
3) Random acts of carpentry
4) Lamp Fu
6) and a very expensive moltov cocktail
All in all, I give it 4 out of 5 skulls