1408 (2007)

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Finds some ingenious methods of visualizing the story's literary whim-whams. Before it finally succumbs to CGI bloat in the last act, it offers up one of the creepiest hours in recent memory.
3/51408 ranks as the summer's smartest, spookiest surprise.
3/4The dread is palpable in this chilling suspense thriller about a hotel room that more than lives up to its evil reputation.
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72/100Don't expect lots of guts and gore, but there's tension aplenty, lots of shocks, and several false ends to the torment, which make it seem even more intense.
3/51408 isn't great cinema, but does an adequate job in spite of its flaws.
3/4It pins you into a claustrophobic chamber of terror for a surprisingly stomach-turning thrill ride.
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C+Evokes the author's good points as well as his bad, but like its fast-talking hero, it was in trouble the minute the door closed behind it.
4/5Enjoyable chiller with some terrific suspense scenes and a superb performance from John Cusack.
C1408 amounts to little more than a radical shock-therapy session for a man still finding his way after the loss of his daughter. Best to leave him alone with his issues.
...one of the most gleefully loony things you'll see this year.

Overall 1408 is just a light turndown in the Stephen King film scheme, but don't worry: it *will* disturb!
BStephen King can be counted on to put the fun back into a ghost story. He did it with The Shining, and again in 1408, a short story that is the basis for this suspenseful chiller about a writer's hallucinogenic night in a haunted room.
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4/5Definitely one of the best King adaptations in years ... and I've seen 'em all.
3.5/4one of the best horror movies I have seen in a few years
Virtually a one-man show by Cusack, and he's up to the task.
3/41408 offers proof that you really can make a creepy and effective, PG-13-rated horror movie.
4/5Never has a King size bed had such an air of imminent menace.
Blair Witch in a hotel room, and way scarier than a bundle of sticks and a pile of rocks. It makes The Shining look like a cheap motel.
B-Director Mikael Hafstrom creates effective atmospherics, and for a good long while 1408 manages to avoid the crutch of F/X.
2/5Not only is the trailer for 1408 oodles more terrifying than the movie itself; worse, for the most part, this pop-horror trifle adapted from a Stephen King short story grows into a formulaic bore.
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Average Rating: 6.6/10
The movie attempts a false ending that doesn't quite work; the picture feels prolonged, dragged out, and its ennui lessens the impact of some of its more terrifying fillips.
The horror wouldn't work without Cusack, who makes what could have been a rote acting exercise -- Be tough! Now angry! Now defensively funny! -- a cathartic ritual instead.
2/4In this mix of recycled scares and half-hearted twists, the only real fright is the sight of an interesting actor wasting his talents in yet another mediocre movie.
3/4Swedish director Mikael Hafsrom, who scored with Evil in 2003 and fizzled badly with Derailed two years later, seems to have regained his footing.
Listen up, all you Hostels, Saws and other purveyors of bloody terror. Lay down your whips, chain saws and paring knives to watch a truly scary movie.
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2.5/41408 is not quite interesting enough to linger long in the mind, but it has enough jack-in-the-box chills to mollify those who feel it's been all downhill since The Uninvited.
3/4If I ever check into a hotel room and the clock radio is playing the Carpenters, I'm going to freak out.
2/4Even as haunted hotel King movies go, 1408 is certainly no Shining. Not even the TV-movie version.
2/4There's ghoulish fun and Hichcockian suspense until the film hits a narrative wall around the 60-minute mark.
This isn’t a horror movie about... screams and yells, it’s more like chills and little moments of revelation.
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