1408 (2007)

October 11, 2007

Director: Mikael Håfström
John Cusack – Mike Enslin
Samuel L. Jackson – Gerald Olin
Mary McCormack – Lily Enslin

Writer Mike Enslin, an author of two hit books, focuses on supernatural phenomena. As research for his latest book, Enslin is determined to check out the notorious room 1408 in a New York City hotel by personally staying as a guest in the fabled room. With the intention that 1408 is just a myth perpetuated by stories and rumor that Enslin has collected for his past works. However, hotel manager Mr. Olin has strong objections to Enslin’s stay and only warns him of possible danger to come. But Enslin is determined to go through and convinced that the horrific past of 1408 is just mere coincidence and a myth. But what Mike Enslin is about to experience is no myth, as 1408 truly is a room where the guests don’t check out by noon.

I’m not a horror chiller fan by design, but I do like a good scare if it’s a decent one.  This film starts off well enough with a interesting if fairly typical introductory opening half hour, here’s the character, here’s the plot and here’s the scare angle.  Then the scares begin, which also start out pretty well for about twenty minutes and its downhill from there.  The suspension of disbelief disappears *poof*.  S L Jackson doesn’t have a part worth crediting but John Cusack does his well as per usual.  The twists are forecast and the formula is die cast.  I used to love Stephen King’s books, but like them, his films of late have taken a down turn.