Directed by Mikael Hafstrom. Written by Matt Greenberg, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Based on a short story by Stephen King. Starring John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack and Tony Shalhoub.
Plot: a writer checks into a hotel room to debunk rumors that it is haunted
So, here comes John Cusack, writer extraordinaire of supernatural books, but who is himself, completely skeptical of supernatural events. He comes to the Dolphin Hotel and is told by a very serious Samuel L. Jackson, NOT to enter room 1408. He’s even given some examples of people who have and have not dealt well. But does Cusack listen? NO! And there comes your lack of Freddy Claws.
Cusack is an ass in the beginning. You’re kind of just wishing bad things would happen to him. You understand he’s had it hard with his daughter dying, but still. Calm down, dude. Hug a stuffed monkey or something.
Anyway, if you’re looking for actual murder, go elsewhere. No one gets dead. And there are no rules. And it’s not that scary. Although, DJ was scared of the one part where Cusack enters the air vent. DJ said that if it had happened to him he would have “exploded into a bunch of little fear particles”.
There’s a great cast, but the short story is, of course, better. The story in the movie had us wondering too many things that weren’t ever answered. For instance, why is the room evil anyway? What is the point? Why was his daughter there at all? Is she in hell? Is that hell? And why was she on the tape at the end? Sorry, Stephen King, but we don’t recommend it.
Our score: 30.