Director: Mikael Håfström
Writer/s: Matt Greenberg, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Stephen King
Starring: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, and more.
Requested Review from Logan Elkin!
When Logan requested this movie I instantly thought I had seen this before wayyyyy back when it came out in theaters. For whatever reason, however, I could not remember much about it. The hotel room concept was familiar, and I knew Sam Jackson was in it, but that’s about where my memory stopped. Pressing play on this one was practically like starting a new watch, and I was quite excited.
“A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.”
It only took 20 or so minutes to make me hit the AHA moment where I remembered that I most definitely saw this before. However, giving it a grown-man watch made me appreciate it far more this time around, as one could expect.
“1408” is filled with solid moments of classic genre horror as well as intense trauma and grief. There are certain scenes that made me mouth “damn” a handful of times because of the sheer heartache they induced. That’s essentially all there is to “1408.” It knows what it is and delivers these genre moments and grief-inducing scenes, and it keeps up that pace for its duration.
Leading the way for this cast is John Cusack. Here’s a little secret for you: I am not the biggest Cusack fan. I don’t know what it is, but his style of performance never really works for me, “1408” included. But he’s passable in this film, which is good since he is truly its core member. We get a little Samuel L. Jackson sprinkled in from time to time, which I wish we had more of, but the headliner is Cusack. A number of supporting actors come in the forms of all the ghosts haunting the room, and they have really great scenes as well. For me, it is this story that is the true driver of horror and storytelling, not so much the performance.
This was a nice revisit once my memory came back of the time I saw this movie in theaters. It is a nice adaptation of a Stephen King novel and a fun watch for the the horror genre. If the name Samuel L. Jackson draws you in like many movies do to me, don’t expect too much of him. However, for those who love the genre and enjoy a quick watch, especially if you like horror movies with jump scares and grief-ridden elements—if you get the chance to see this on streamers, go ahead and press play.
Edited by Erica McNatt
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