1408 (2007) Review

Mike Enslin is a man who specialises in debunking paranormal occurrences and checks in with a lot of resistance from the staff at the Dolphin Hotel into room 1408! It doesn’t take long for him to confront genuine terror and fear.


In all honesty before watching this film back in May now I hadn’t even heard of it before, but for whatever reason in the UK it seemed to have gone rather viral! Jumping on that bandwagon and the fact that when something is popular on Netflix it places it higher up when you go onto Netflix. Given the fact it has both John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in it was obviously a big pulling point!

I wasn’t expecting however to be totally creeped out by different scenes and thought it really did go that extra mile to produce some genuinely awful moments. The psychological impact within a horror film is certainly more scary than jumpy moments and this really does pack it all in!

From the start we can see going into that hotel was a bad idea but Mike lived without any fear and on a mission to visit the supposed haunted places and did not really seem all that bothered. Despite Gerald Olin trying to stop him from staying in room 1408 with the previous guests all ending up dead you can understand why he was reluctant, as the others did not even last an hour inside the room. The death count is up to 56 deaths!

When the digital display on the clock radio changes to 60:00 in minutes and starts playing “We’ve Only Just Begun” by The Carpenters it is straight into the horror and torture that will follow. Seeing ghosts of the rooms past victims and then flashbacks of Katie and his sick father, Mike actually panics and attempts to leave. None of this works! When attempting to use his laptop to contact Lily asking for help the sprinkler system comes into play and destroys the laptop.

It moves to really strike Mike where it will hurt with everything happening in his personal life and wouldn’t that actually be one of the worst things to happen to you in that sense. If it was just things within the room you could probably accept that a little bit more than it being so personal. Anything that gets into your own life is always going to be worse than random things happening.

You struggle to catch your breath at times throughout the film which can only be seen as a compliment towards the way they did everything within the film, I am not going too much into what else happens to him to avoid spoilers and the ending is rather open. Although I have since found out that it has three different endings and that the original ending had been changed as well.

Cusack is very impressive in the leading role, I always find that he is an actor that I pretty much enjoy in all of the films he has been in. Something good about his career is that he has been in so many different genres and that can only be seen as a very good and positive thing. Throwing in Samuel L. Jackson alongside him was also a good thing, I mean he is and has always been the man right?

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