I must admit, I was somewhat disappointed in 1408. Admittedly, I had been psyching myself for this movie for quite a while, since it was the one I had planned to watch with South Korea as soon as I could find a cute chick to come along, since he refuses to watch thriller/horror movies with me under any other condition (you pussy >_<). Anywho, since that plan backfired and I couldn't find a chick for him before the movie was no longer shown in Danish cinemas, I was psyched to find it among the many movies I borrowed from my neighbour.
Unfortunately, like I said, it was somewhat of a let-down. If I were to make an analogy, it was like really bad sex; it peaked way too soon and was followed by moments of “!?!? O.o“, things that seemed out of place, dullness, and confusion with an ending that leaves you unfulfilled and disappointed. And like with really bad sex, the only redeeming features were the decent acting skills…

The concept of the movie was pretty simple; John Kusack portrays Mike Enslin, an author of several books about his ‘journeys’ to haunted sites, e.g. “Top 10 most Haunted Hotels.” Anywho, he gets a postcard in the mail about room 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel in New York and upon going there finds out that 56 people have died in the room (some of natural causes, others from insane suicides).

The hotel manager notes that the room is not haunted per se, there are no ghosts, poltergeists, spirits or similar haunting the room, the room itself is evil… DUN DUN DUUUUUN! [name] of course ignores all warnings, decides to spend a night in the room, and all hell breaks loose, apparently quite literally, as he starts speaking of the circles of Hell (I assume it’s a reference to Dante’s Inferno from “The Divine Comedy“; if you haven’t read it, do so, it’s pretty good: link. I recommend the Mandelbaum edition) and says that he notices some pattern. Regardless, the room begins its reign of terror in order to drive Enslin into suicide, which the room calls “making use of the express check-out service

What I didn’t like about the movie was that there were inconsistencies left and right; stuff that were never explained, such as the managers role in all of this, since he OBVIOUSLY knows more about the room and what goes on than he lets on; and basic character background info. It’s impossible to relate to the main character’s fears or understand why the things the room shows him have such a devastating psychological impact, because the character himself isn’t explained properly, so several scenes will make little to no sense on your first time watching it, but the movie sucks too bad to warrant a second viewing.

All in all, it was a crappy movie with a total BS ending that actually made me go “what kind of crap is this..?” The concept was decent though, and there’s no doubt that what Enslin experiences would scare anyone enough to make them crap their pants, but since the audience can’t relate to him, it fails as a thriller. Scenes was amazing though, so kudos for being able to pull that off (it was like Jumanji in a single room).

So if you’re a thriller movie fan like me, don’t bother with this one, it’ll leave a bad taste in your mouth. If you want to have a fright night with your friends, this shouldn’t be in the movie basket; aside from one “HOLY FUCK, WHERE’D SHE COME FROM!?!?” scene, and the slightly eerie scene (with awesome choreography) that leads right up to it, you’d have more luck getting frightened by Winnie the Pooh in his Cowboy ice cream scoop shoot-off cartoon.

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