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1408
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

1408 reviews
Critic Score
Metascore: 64 Metascore out of 100
User Score  
6.4 out of 10
based on 27 reviews
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MPAA RATING: PG-13 for thematic material including disturbing sequences of violence and terror, frightening images and language

Starring John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack, Jasmine Jessica Anthony, and Tony Shalhoub

Renowned horror novelist Mike Enslin (Cusack) only believes what he can see with his own two eyes. After a string of bestsellers discrediting paranormal events in the most infamous haunted houses and graveyards around the world, he scoffs at the concept of an afterlife. Enslin's phantom-free run of long and lonely nights is about to change forever when he checks into suite 1408 of the notorious Dolphin Hotel for his latest project, "Ten Nights in Haunted Hotel Rooms." Defying the warnings of the hotel manager (Jackson), the author is the first person in years to stay in the reputedly haunted room. Another bestseller may be imminent, but like all Stephen King heroes, Enslin must go from skeptic to true believer - and ultimately survive the night. (MGM)


GENRE(S): Horror  |  Suspense/Thriller  
WRITTEN BY: Matt Greenberg
Scott Alexander
Larry Karaszewski
Stephen King (short story)
 
DIRECTED BY: Mikael Håfström  
RELEASE DATE: DVD: October 2, 2007 
Theatrical: June 22, 2007 
RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes, Color 
ORIGIN: USA 

What The Critics Said

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80
Washington Post Desson Thomson
Swedish director Mikael Hafstrom creates a compelling ride of a movie. Every beat of the film is weighted with significance, and our mounting dread becomes almost intolerable.
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78
Austin Chronicle Marjorie Baumgarten
The movie appeals to an old-fashioned sense of horror.
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75
Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips
Swift, sharp adaptation of Stephen King's short story (from the "Everything's Eventual" collection).
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75
New York Post Kyle Smith
Sharp little psychological thriller.
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75
San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle
This is the old stuff, the good stuff, the tried-and-true stuff of shrewdly accomplished audience manipulation.
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75
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Bill White
Cusack, who is beginning to look disturbingly like Dustin Hoffman, is not only the film's center, but its orbit as well.
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75
USA Today Scott Bowles
At his best, King's most effective creatures are not the ones behind creaking doors, but inside crooked minds.
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75
Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman
A deft Stephen King freak-out.
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75
ReelViews James Berardinelli
This is the most mature horror movie of the year - far more adult and sophisticated than the tedious Hostel Part II. If you like to be creeped out by movies, this is one to see. It reminds us what it's like to be scared in a theater rather than overwhelmed by buckets of blood and gore.
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75
Rolling Stone Peter Travers
Heebie-jeebies are guaranteed.
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75
Philadelphia Inquirer Steven Rea
An entertainingly hairy paranormal affair.
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70
The Hollywood Reporter Stephen Farber
Even with its flaws, 1408 deserves to be appreciated by connoisseurs of acting and bravura filmmaking.
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70
Variety John Anderson
For star John Cusack, it's a perfect fit.
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70
Village Voice Robert Wilonsky
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.
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70
Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano
In the grand scheme of things, the Dolphin Hotel is no Overlook, but it's no cheesy slaughter motel either.
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70
The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis
The movie is most effective in its early scenes of prickly menace, and while the Dolphin is no Overlook (the haunted hotel in "The Shining"), its old-world creepiness is exactly right.
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63
Premiere Glenn Kenny
While 1408 is no classic, it is refreshing to see a horror picture that just wants to do its job rather than prove to its audience how ruthlessly nihilistic it is.
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63
Boston Globe Wesley Morris
As thrillers go, 1408 leaves too much room for fun.
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63
Miami Herald Rene Rodriguez
For about an hour or so, 1408 has you thinking you're watching The Next Great Horror Movie: That's how good the first half of this adaptation of Stephen King's short story about a haunted hotel room is.
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63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Rick Groen
Really wanting to get into our heads, 1408 tries awfully hard to play both sides of logic's boundary line -- tries and fails, and then succeeds, only to ultimately fail again. On the whole, the frights are frighteningly erratic.
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60
Film Threat Pete Vonder Haar
1408 isn’t great cinema, but does an adequate job in spite of its flaws.
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60
Empire Nick De Semlyen
Not up there with the best King adaptations, but a fun Gothic yarn that, like all good ghost stories, is simple and dripping with dread.
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50
Salon.com Stephanie Zacharek
One night in 1408 stretches out until it ends up feeling more like a routine three-day business trip. The scariest thing in it may be the way the clock radio has a way of turning itself on, loudly, of its own accord. The song is always the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun." Now THAT'S horror.
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50
New York Daily News Elizabeth Weitzman
A curse would be a great improvement on the wishy-washy wickedness of this movie.
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50
The Onion (A.V. Club) Scott Tobias
In the end, 1408 amounts to little more than a radical shock-therapy session for a man still finding his way after the loss of his daughter.
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50
TV Guide Maitland McDonagh
It's an overblown campfire tale that doesn't know when to stop.
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50
Chicago Reader J.R. Jones
Adapted from a Stephen King story, this trite but watchable chiller plays like a scaled-down version of "The Shining," with Cusack driven over the edge by hallucinations of his abusive father and dead daughter.
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What Our Users Said

Vote Now!The average user rating for this movie is 6.4 (out of 10) based on 85 User Votes
Note: User votes are NOT included in the Metascore calculation.

Peter J. gave it a9:
Fantastic movie. One of the best scary movies I've seen in a long time. And the secondary story of his life is riveting. A must see for those of us who still have an attention span.

Ryan D. gave it a10:
This movie was wonderful. I don't what the other people's problem is, except to say that have watched too much modern "horror" movies and have become desensitized. Look, the bottom line is THIS IS NOT HORROR. Which is good, because the horror movies lately have no concept story or suspense. They think good films are measured in buckets of blood and bodycount. This movie is a suspense, and it does a great job.

Eli F. gave it an8:
This is simply a flat-out enjoyable summer horrorfest. It's lacking in much substance or innovation, but you can't deny that the film is just a frightening pleasure to watch. This would be nothing without Cusack.

Mercy M. gave it a1:
The movie didn't make sense and i fell asleep.

Jared B. gave it a10:
If you like psychological thrillers, don't miss 1408. Even an hour after watching this, there are some images that I still can't get out of my head. This was a great film.

Jeff P. gave it a4:
Overrated, pretentious neo-ripoff of The Shining without one ounce of that movie's mounting fear. Cusack's character is unlikeable from the opening scene, and from a ghost/haunting logic point-of-vierw, virtually nothing makes any sense. They say that a great movie is a good story, well-told. This is a mediocre story, badly told.

J S gave it a2:
Ugh ... worst movie in recent memory. I saw it in Hong Kong and the audience actually laughed the the daughter died again. Maybe it was a cultural thing, but I thought the overall effort was laughable.

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