Welcome to Day 2 of my review week. I have wanted to talk about this 2007 old-school horror flick for a while. 1408 stars John Cusack, and features Samuel L. Jackson in a strong supporting role.
The premise of this movie is fairly simple, John Enslin (Cusack), a writer who's subject in the paranormal, ghosts, spirits, hauntings, etc... finds out via an anonymous tip, about a New York hotel, one room in particular, that he won't be able to spend a night in. Enslin, being a no-fear kind of skeptic, takes up the challenge and attempts to book that particular room. The hotel manager, a mysterious fellow played by Samuel L. Jackson, tries to talk Enslin out of staying in that room, telling him about the number of deaths that have taken place in it over the years. Enslin decides to go for it, and the scary ride begins.
Look, I have never been a fan of horror films, but they don't really leave me quaking in fear, either. I'll admit that when I was a little kid, I was afraid of the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz (true story), but that's about it, and I got over that by the time I was thirty nine. Since that time, only one other horror flick has ever... disturbed me, and that was Stephen King's "IT". This has held true, until I saw 1408.
Like I said, the scary ride starts as soon as Enslin gets inside the room. If you have seen this movie already, you know what kind of things happen in the film, if you haven't, I won't give everything away, but I will tell you that Enslin sees, hears, and interacts with a number of phantoms, ghosts, and really freaky electronic communications devices. He sees and speaks to his dead father and has a heartbreaking scene with his dead daughter.
Now, there have been horror films that are much more gory than this one, in fact, this movie isn't what I could call super-bloody, but the camera-work is fantastic, the suspense is palpable, and the writing is tight. I dare you to watch this without a significant rise in your pulse rate.
This movie is one he** of a ride, from the beginning ALL THE WAY TO THE LAST SECOND.