Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Hotel room horror is more mental than physical.

PG-13 2007 94 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 58 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 16+

Really eerie!!

My husband and I saw this years ago, really great creepy story!! My husband is still afraid when I say the name Of this movie lol

This title has:

Too much violence
age 14+

Good psychological horror

The plot has the form of a loop. What's interesting, our opinion about the reality of the events is changing a few times during the film, and I can't be sure that the final impression is right. After watching the feeling of unsolved conundrum remains. And at the same time the movie is not too complicated for perception. Old tricks such as a haunted room with blood oozing from walls and defective taps and doors are really creepy here (but the zombie is not). I like that in 1408 there are no violent or disgusting gory scenes, the man only gets his hand caught by the window. There are some philosophical ideas about our loved once, missed targets, beliefs and broken hopes. The film is sad, the main character's past was shown to spectator step by step. And I like the choise of actors for this movie, and their acting, of course. In my opinion, the tired movie tropes that probably shouldn’t have been there are: locked murderous room, and everyone said to the protagonist "Don't go there" (it was useless of course). But anyway it is appropriate and atmosphere. Maybe for me there's a lack of information about how and why this room became such.

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Movie Details

  • In theaters: June 21, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: October 2, 2007
  • Cast: John Cusack, Mary McCormack, Samuel L. Jackson
  • Director: Mikael Hafstrom
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 94 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: thematic material including disturbing sequences of violence and terror, frightening images and language.
  • Last updated: March 8, 2023

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