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Overall Rating
3.6

Awesome: 11.11%
Worth A Look49.21%
Average: 30.16%
Pretty Bad: 7.94%
Total Crap: 1.59%

6 reviews, 27 user ratings


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1408
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by robertrosado

"Thrills and chills galore."
4 stars

I'm happy. With the likes of "Zodiac", "Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon", "The Host", "Mr. Brooks", "28 Weeks Later", "Vacancy", "Hostel: Part II", "Bug", "Disturbia", "Severance", and "Grindhouse", 2007 is shaping up to be a stellar year for fright flicks of all shapes and sizes (we can forget that "The Hills Have Eyes II"," The Hitcher", and "Dead Silence" happened, right?).

The latest is "1408", based on the short story by horror master Stephen King, and I'm pleased to say that this one packs a real punch. It is, by turns, scary, disturbing, funny, and moving (at times, within the same scene). The plot details are best to be left unsaid, although the trailer did a great job of mapping it all out.

John Cusack ("Say Anything..."), though he has been working steadily for years, is one of our most underrated actors. No matter WHO he playing, even a cynical jerk like Mike Enslin, he gives the role unaccountable layers and depth of feeling, without ever losing the specificity of his characterization. This has to be one of his best performances. For a large chunk of the film, it is a one-man show, and he pulls it off without even seeming to try. A tour de force, methinks.

Credit must also be given to Samuel L. Jackson ("Pulp Fiction"), who does SO much with two or three scenes. He practically is the build-up to the payoff.

Not gonna give anything away, but there are scenes in here (a lot, actually) that have the potential to become genre classics. So many spine-tingling moments (the air shaft and the window across the street being two highlights). There comes a point in the third act where it seems that special effects and strange twists will overpower the story, BUT (once again) the movie pulls the rug from under us. There is also a sadness and thoughtfulness in the latter part of the movie, which I didn't expect, that makes the experience complete and more fulfilling.

And NEVER have The Carpenter's seemed so sinister.

If you want to enjoy a really spooky movie without all the gore and chopped testicles of late, check it out.

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originally posted: 06/27/07 03:50:17
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User Comments

9/12/17 morris campbell a solid spookshow 4 stars
3/08/15 stanley welles a good old fashioned scary movie 3 stars
6/28/14 Quicksilver2477 Brilliant, if you don't get see it again or pick up a book once in awhile. Cusack was great 4 stars
1/22/14 Charles Tatum Nicely done horror pic 4 stars
3/21/11 holly sines was expecting a better ending... 3 stars
11/24/09 RobU Grabbed my attention up until around the mid-point but it goes downhill from there. 3 stars
10/19/09 auzzie chickie good movie... But whats up with the room? 3 stars
1/07/09 mr.mike Good up until its several endings, none of which is really satisfying. 3 stars
5/02/08 Frenzy Stupid movie 2 stars
3/17/08 daveyt Tragic offspring death = disaffected parent story no.697. I want to know about the room!! 2 stars
10/22/07 ALICE Good acting but seen it all before.. 3 stars
10/11/07 mike i'm not really sure wtf I just watched. I think I wasted an hour and a half 1 stars
10/08/07 Crestfall Not bad, Cusack solid as always, but lacking in total interest 3 stars
10/05/07 action movie fan familiar seen it all before=not scary -silly and goes nowhere 2 stars
10/02/07 Rick excellent thriller, focuses much more on suspense than gore 5 stars
7/18/07 Crystal Worst thing I've seen. Nothing made sense 2 stars
7/18/07 damalc i've seen much scarier, but had a really good story 4 stars
6/27/07 Lynn John Cusack rules!! BTW, Brian - you turned me on when you wrote "mind-fuck" 5 stars
6/27/07 Paul Burke Excellent movie. Filled with comic relief. Exquisite ending for such a great thriller. 5 stars
6/25/07 DonnyM Loved it. Would See It Agian. Also kind of funny. 5 stars
6/25/07 Anthony G Brilliant film, best horror movie in years. 5 stars
6/25/07 Chris The sequal probably would be called " Return to 1408 " or " Back to 1408" like that. 4 stars
6/25/07 ahnold Good movie, worth a look and the ending was good too. 4 stars
6/24/07 Ole Man Bourbon Boo!!! The Movie 2 stars
6/24/07 Brian Mckay Fun movie that only occasionally gets too formulaic. Has fair share of creepy mind-fucks 4 stars
6/24/07 Tyrantis An actually good horror movie... zounds. 5 stars
6/23/07 Quigley Very creepy psychological horror film. Ending was kinda lame. Cusack is awesome. 5 stars
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USA
  22-Jun-2007 (PG-13)
  DVD: 02-Oct-2007

UK
  31-Aug-2007 (15)

Australia
  06-Dec-2007 (M)




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