Written by: alex1176
Unlike most films based on a short story by Stephen King, "1408" doesn't suck. It's a creepy psychological chiller filled with some disturbing images and truly frightful moments. The whole thing is very 'X-Files'-esque. The movie's title refers to a room located in a posh New York hotel. Samuel L. Jackson plays the manager who warns John Cusack (a skeptic who writes novels on haunted sites) about the "evil f***ing room". It seems that a number of mysterious deaths have occurred in 1408 and Cusack is more than willing to spend a night in it.
Swedish director Mikael Hafstrom brings the right amount of tension to the film. The movie is slow-paced, but every minute is a grabber especially since Mike Enslin (Cusack) is given only an hour to live by the room's evil presence. I liked the fact that the film is an excercise in creepiness rather than gore and Cusack gives a good performance as the writer who lost his daughter to cancer. Touching flashbacks allow the viewer to see his tragic loss and so we can sympathize with the jagged character. That's one of the reasons why the movie works so well: it has a likeable protagnoist. And while "1408" isn't a horror masterpiece to rank up with "The Shining" (another King story set in a hotel), I'd say it's the best movie horror adaptation of a Stephen King story since 1990's "Misery".