An entertaining movie, much like a good meal, is worth the price you pay. And even though a bad movie, unlike a bad meal, probably won’t give you the runs, paying $10 dollars to see it will make you feel like shit.

Archive for 1408


Production Budget:$25M

Worldwide Gross: $76.1M

The new hack and slash breed of horror films is little more than a creative exercise in how many ways “Evil X” can disembowel “Innocent Y”. Taking that into consideration, 1408 is actually a refreshing step back in time. More in the realm of the suspenseful and psychological horrors of the past, 1408 leads you through a supernatural exploration of the mind of a tortured man. The father of a dead child, and the estranged husband to a wife three thousand miles away, author Mike Enslin (Cusack) scours the world searching for proof of the afterlife. When he stumbles upon the Dolphin Hotel’s room 1408, his search for the afterlife turns into a fight for his life.

The room, aptly described by Samuel L. Jackson’s character as an “Evil Fucking Room”, seems to understand the vulnerabilities of Enslin, as it terrorizes both him and the viewer throughout the course of the movie.

The strength of this movie is in the creative and consistent ways it scares the shit out of the audience. For the better part of the second half of the movie, most everyone in the theater was white knuckled, and for good reason. The weakness of the movie was that I kept asking what? How? Why? As with most modern Stephen King stories; I simply attributed those questions to the after-effects of King being run over by a car, and then I stopped thinking, and just enjoyed the show.

If you have a taste for horror movies not dependent on blood, guts, and overt gore, than you will enjoy this movie. If you are pregnant, have a heart condition, pacemaker, or weak bladder, pass on this one, or invest in some Depends. If you have grown accustomed to cookie cutter horrors like The Hills have Eyes, or the Saw series, this may not be the film for you.

Recommendation: To make this movie worth your buck, Rent the DVD as a new release.