Based on a Stephen King story, 1408 is an eerie tale of Mike Enslin who writes travel guides to haunted houses. We see that in spite of his occupation, he has a healthy level of skepticism about the supernatural. One day he receives a postcard inviting him to explore room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. When he arrives and asks about room 1408, he's told its unavailable. When he insists, the hotel manager, played by Samuel L. Jackson, tells him the whole story of how so many people died after staying in that room, that the hotel no longer rents it out. But Eslin is undeterred and does indeed check in to room 1408 and eventually finds himself trapped in a house of horrors.
John Cusack is one of my favorite actors. He never fails to throw himself completely into every character he takes on, and his often quirky choices of scripts just tickles my funny bone. Although I suspect he took on this role more for his bank account than any other reason, it hardly matters. 1408 is a truly scary film that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our November, 2007 issue.
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