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By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Hotel room horror is more mental than physical.

Movie PG-13 2007 94 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 7 parent reviews

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
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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

Is It Any Good?

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If you've read or seen The Shining, you've probably seen it all, too -- or at least what goes on in this room. Considerably more claustrophobic than that story's Overlook Hotel -- it is, after all, set in just one room -- 1408 nonetheless deploys the same gimmicks: cracked, bloody walls; babies crying; ghosts in emotional disarray; and flashbacks to distressing personal history (in this case, Mike's daughter, dead of a disease that makes her very pale and dark-eyed). Mike actually feels bad about a number of family traumas, including having abandoned his wife Lily (Mary McCormack) in order to drown his misery in sad-sack drinking, beach-bumming, and lazy writing.

The room locks Mike inside and then proceeds to bring all of his roiling emotions to the surface, sometimes very cleverly but more often very tediously (a window smashes his hand, the room turns hot and cold, the walls collapse, the room changes temporal dimensions, etc.). The room's most deliciously perverse (and always jarring) assault is the clock radio's auto-turn-on, which repeatedly blares the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun." But even better, when Mike looks out a window to a room across the street hoping to signal for help, he sees a mirror version of himself -- dressed differently, unspeaking, apparently from another time. Unable to communicate with himself, Mike discovers that he is, after all, quite stunningly alone. Such moments grant Cusack a chance to disintegrate subtly rather than raging about in a spooky-horror-filmy fashion, and he takes full advantage of the opportunity.

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
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors
  • 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: July 3, 2023

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