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1408 (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 22 June 2007 (USA)
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A man who specialises in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.

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Mikael Håfström

Writers:

Matt Greenberg (screenplay), Scott Alexander (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Mike Enslin
Tony Shalhoub ... Sam Farrell
Len Cariou ... Mike's Father
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Hotel Engineer
Jasmine Jessica Anthony ... Katie
Paul Birchard Paul Birchard ... Mr. Innkeeper
Margot Leicester Margot Leicester ... Mrs. Innkeeper
Walter Lewis ... Book Store Cashier
Eric Meyers ... Man #1 at Book Signing
David Nicholson 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
Emily Harvey Emily Harvey ... Secretary
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Storyline

The cynical and skeptical writer Mike Enslin writes books evaluating supernatural phenomena in hotels, graveyards and other haunted places, usually debunking the mystery. While writing his latest book, he travels from Los Angeles to New York to spend one night in the Dolphin Hotel's posessed room 1408, which is permanently unavailable for guests. The reluctant manager Mr. Gerald Olin objects to his request and offers an upgrade, expensive booze and finally relates the death of more than fifty guests over decades in the cursed room. However Mike threatens Mr. Olin, promising to sue the hotel, and is finally allowed to check into the room. Later in the night, he finds that guests of room 1408, once they have checked in, might never leave the room alive. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material including disturbing sequences of violence and terror, frightening images and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1408 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,617,667, 24 June 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$71,985,628

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$131,998,242, 8 February 2009
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay for 1408 originally had more lines and detail than the end result film. For example, Kevin O' Malley begs Mike to "fix it" (sew his throat back together) while chasing through the air duct, and the 1950's fat woman who jumped out the hotel window not only cries, but also says "May Jesus forgive me... and fuck you, Henry Smith!" Mike also tries to hug his elderly father in the hotel bathroom, but discovers that he is actually hugging the hotel toilet when he opens his eyes. Katie Enslin's name in the screenplay is written as "Gracie Enslin" instead. See more »

Goofs

When Lily Enslin gets into the cab, the medallion number changes from the outside shot of her entering the vehicle, to when she is shown on the inside. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mike Enslin: Hi. Mike Enslin. Checking in.
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Alternate Versions

The theatrical version is run 104 minutes and the director's cut version is run 112 minutes. See more »


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At Midnight
Written by Alan Blackman
Courtesy of Selectracks Music Services
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Effective Ghost Story
22 June 2007 | by dglinkSee all my reviews

Just when you thought it was safe to check into a New York City hotel, along comes Mikael Hafstrom's chilling "1408." Not since Norman Bates terrorized guests at his motel has a paying customer received such treatment during a night's lodging. Although somewhat more cerebral than viscerally frightening, "1408" delivers its share of shocks and frights, and viewers will stay in their seats not to miss the film's twists and swerves. In a cruel blow to fans of 1970's soft rock, listening to the Carpenters' hit "We've Only Just Begun" afterward may stimulate nightmares and certainly will never be the same again.

John Cusack, a cynical writer who has sunk from producing intimate novels to hack work about haunted inns, is lured to a Manhattan hotel where room 1408 is off limits to visitors, because of its long history of inhospitality. With only a knapsack, but tons of baggage from family misfortunes, Cusack insists on a night in room 1408, despite the management's objections. Cusack triumphs over the staff and settles into the chamber's banal decor, which he idly describes piece by piece into his pocket recorder for the intended article. The evening starts to look like a genuine snooze, when the room's unsettling turn-down service, a chorus from the Carpenters, and a radio that begins an ominous countdown unnerve both Cusack and viewers.

Although the "night in a haunted house" routine has been done endlessly since movies began, Hafstrom for the most part effectively plays his audience with an eerie, often jarring, soundtrack, clever cutting, and a minimum of effects. "1408" is a ghost story, not a horror or slasher flick, and, as effective haunting tales have shown ("The Haunting," "The Uninvited"), the unknown, the unseen, and the unexplained are far more frightening than CGI effects. Although reminiscent of "The Shining," another Stephen King adaptation, this film was evidently made on a modest budget. Thus, Hafstrom worked largely with a one hotel-suite set and one mid-level actor. Besides Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson also appears as the enigmatic hotel manager, who warns Cusack about the room, yet seems to know more that he shares. Cusack is fine as always and carries the film effortlessly and literally through Hell and high water. While perhaps not as scary as the premise suggests, "1408" nevertheless provides intelligent entertainment for lovers of old fashioned ghost stories.


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