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1408 (2007) movie review

Horror for Hire

A writer who specialises in writing up paranormal locations finds a room the dredges up the horrors of his own past.

Mike Enslin (John Cusack) has a process. He is a travel writer of a special type -- visiting and documenting sites of supposed paranormal activity. For him the out-of-the-way is every-day, and he applies a well-developed skepticism.

He receives an anonymous lead that takes him to The Dolphin Hotel room 1408 (1+4+8). Ordinarily he is welcomed by the purveyors of haunted habitats, but to book into room 1408 of The Dolphin requires legal action.

Movie poster, 1408; Festivale film review

Movie Poster, 1408

The Dolphin Hotel invites you to stay in any of its stunning rooms. Except one.

What is it about room 1408? Why is the management (Samuel L. Jackson) so eager to 'save' him from a room?

Told with copious special effects, 1408 is a classic what-is-it? Is it real? Is it a dream? Will Enslin survive?

1408 is horror that relies on the story, not noise and gore. Ably performed by an excellent cast, including the underused Mary McCormack it's worth the ride.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 11 Oct 2007
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See also: Mary McCormack plays the lead in the television series In Plain Sight. John Cusack also appears in Gross Pointe Blank

Just the facts:

Title: 1408 (2007)
Written by: Matt Greenberg, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski. Short story by Stephen King.
Directed by: Mikael Hafstrom
Edited by: Peter Boyle
Director of Photography: Benoit Delhomme
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The Players: John Cusack; Samuel L. Jackson; Mary McCormack;

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