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1408 (2007)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
John Cusack Mike Enslin
Samuel L. Jackson
Mary McCormack
Tony Shalhoub
Jasmine Jessica Anthony
Paul Birchard Mr. Innkeeper
Margot Leicester Mrs. Innkeeper
Walter Lewis Book Store Cashier
Eric Meyers Man #1 at Book Signing
David Nicholson Man #2 at Book Signing
Holly Hayes Lady at Book Signing
Alexandra Silber Young Woman at Book Signing
Johann Urb Surfer Dude
Andrew Lee Potts Mailbox Guy
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Horror; Thriller
Director Mikael Håfström; Mikael Hafstrom
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Writer Matt Greenberg; Scott Alexander; Larry Karaszewski
Photography Benoît Delhomme
Musician Gabriel Yared
Studio Weinstein Company
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 104 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 7.1 (34,085 votes)
As creepfests go, 1408 is right up there with The Shining, also inspired by a Stephen King work and featuring a menacing hotel and the wobbly sanity of a writer lodging there. "It's an evil [bleep]-ing room!" intones Samuel L. Jackson, who plays the smooth but vaguely sinister manager of the Dolphin Hotel. John Cusack is stellar as Mike Enslin, a cynical Everyschlub who writes "occult travel guides," but believes in nothing, especially anything resembling an afterlife.

What happens in room 1408 of the Dolphin may change Enslin forever--if he survives the first hour. The thrills range from jumpy "gotcha" moments involving mirror images, to more traditional horror fare like bleeding walls, to truly diabolical touches like the recurrence of the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun." (Shudder.) The film does a nice job of weaving the operatic horror effects with the truly heart-breaking backstory of the death of Enslin's young daughter and his marriage--perhaps the only two things Enslin has ever believed in. And thankfully, there's just enough humor to leaven the intensity at key moments; Cusack is unparalleled when it comes to delivering a self-deprecating wisecrack, even as his life passes before his eyes. Get your adrenaline pumping and check into this room. Oh, and sorry, no refunds. A.T. Hurley

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 1028
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 12/30/2007
Links Amazon US
DVD Empire
Product Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 796019805308
Release Date 10/2/2007
Subtitles English; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Filming Locations:
England, UK (more)

At one point in the movie Mike wears a hat that says " Paranoia is awareness". This is a nod to one of Stephen King's favorite quotes, "Perfect paranoia is perfect awareness". (more)

Revealing mistakes: Mike's notebook computer runs Microsoft Windows XP. In one scene it crashes and displays a "blue screen", which rapidly changes into a blue screen from Windows 98. (more)

Mike Enslin: [yelling] I want... my *drink*! (more)

1 nomination (more)

Movie Connections:
References Duck Soup (1933) (more)

Extra Features
John Cusack on 1408
Inside Room 1408
Theatrical Trailer