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1408 (2007)

PG-13 | | Horror | 22 June 2007 (USA)
A man who specializes 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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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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Rated PG-13 for thematic material including disturbing sequences of violence and terror, frightening images and language | See all certifications »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,617,667 (USA) (22 June 2007)

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$71,975,611 (USA) (5 October 2007)
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Paul Kasey, who played the role of the deceased sewing machine salesman Kevin O'Malley, had to wear layers of prosthetic latex face pieces underneath grayish-green coloured face makeup. This took at least two hours to put on, plus the fake jaw piece he had to wear which was meant to detach when Mike (John Cusack) kicked him in the face. Kasey's makeup artist also uploaded a Kevin O'Malley makeup tutorial to the video sharing website YouTube under the title "Room 1408: Official Film Makeup Tutorial (Paul Kasey/Kevin O'Malley)". See more »

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If the room receives a "light turn" once every month, why are there bloodstains showing up on the sheets under the UV light? See more »

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[first lines]
Mike Enslin: Hi. Mike Enslin. Checking in.
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Featured in Getaway: Episode #16.41 (2007) See more »

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We've Only Just Begun
Written by Roger Nichols (as Roger S. Nichols) and Paul Williams (as Paul H. Williams)
Performed by The Carpenters
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Great Film
22 June 2007 | by (New Hampshire) – See all my reviews

First of all a few months ago, I wrote a review for Dead Silence. I don't remember a lot of what I said for that movie, but I do know that in a world of Saw, Hostel, and other movies that try to be horror but can't make the grade, I felt that Dead Silence was a breath of fresh air.

After watching 1408 I know that the REAL breath of fresh air is the amazing almost 1 man performance of John Cusack, as well as the great support work by Samuel L. Jackson and Mary McCormack.

This is a movie that not only made me jump at certain times like Dead Silence did, but it also made me legitimately scream out in fear of a particular scene involving John Cusack on a ledge on the 14th story of a building. I guess my fear of heights also had something to do with it.

This is a movie for guys to take women that they like to, so that when the real scary parts do kick in, the classic jump-into-your-lap-in-terror will happen.

Don't be fooled by the pansy PG-13 rating. It is very scary and even though I didn't read the Steven King book of the same name, I feel that this totally captures King's own personal sense of fear. I definitely give this 10 out of 10 because this is without a doubt one of the most frightening (and I mean that in a good way, not in a crappy slit your wrists because Showgirls sucks kind of way) movies to come out in a very long time.

So go and see it, enjoy it,and let's hope that maybe Hollywood can give us REAL horror movies instead of the cheap, lame wannabes that have disgraced our movie screens before this film came out.


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