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Gamer's Movie Review of 1408.
Jump over to Rotten Tomatoes to check the score, read a few of the one line reviews and jump back.
A Fresh rating?
Sure. If you consider 70-79% a C for average.
I love classic, no gore, horror movies. The kind that made the genre that Saw and Hostel ride the back of. Being in a Silent Hill mood, I looked around for a good movie to fill the Silent Hill shaped whole in my brain until Origins comes out. While in a hotel room the night before my brother's wedding, I saw a trailer for 1408 and promptly had a nightmare. I'd found what I was looking for.
1408 introduces us to a ghost hunter who, after years of looking for some evidence of the afterlife, has become a cynical occult writer in need of a therapist and a few AA meetings. He needs a hotel to fill the last chapter of his latest book. And a postcard from the Dolphin hotel with "Don't Enter 1408" calligraphied on the back falls into his hands.
1408 (which adds up to the number 13) is the 13th room on the 13th floor of the hotel and in the words of Samuel L. Jackson, "It's a f--ing evil room."
I agreed... for about 30 minutes.
There was a very intense Silent Hill feel to the first 30 minutes of Cusack's stay in the room. After that, the movie continually and seriously dropped the ball at every opportunity. Instead of continuing the creepy vein, they went for explosions and cheap trick twists. The 'ghosts' looked like George Lucas was allowed to touch the original film, and the moving paintings reminded me of Halloween at Hogwarts. I only jumped once the entire time and it wasn't during the genuinely creepy crawl through the air ducts.
I drove home with my husband in the passenger seat coming up with a hundred ways that the movie could have been better.
The best part of the movie was the end when Cusack's character man's up and decides to fight fire with fire. Literally. It was tense and funny in a very creepy way.
I give it a weak three out of five.
Why three? Even with it's flaws, it still makes for a good cult flick.