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1408: Collector's Edition [2007] (2 discs)

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Director:Mikael Håfström
Writer:Larry Karaszewski
Matt Greenberg
Scott Alexander
Composer:Gabriel Yared
Length:216 minutes
(3 hours 36 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Friday 13
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
IMDB Rating:6.8/10
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
  • Suspense / Horror
  • Drama
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Synopsis: This collection has both versions on two discs. I prefer the theatrical ending.


Reaction: This movie establishes a great atmosphere in the first half and that is where this one shines above its competition.


Personal Rating: 9/10


Highlights
Original Version

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Mikael Håfström => Director
Larry Karaszewski => Writer
Matt Greenberg => Writer
Scott Alexander => Writer
Gabriel Yared => Composer
Stephen King => Short Story
This set contains the following titles:
TitleYearLength
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Rating
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MPAA RatingIMDB
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Rotten Tomatoes
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140820071049PG-136.878
1408: Unrated Version20071128UR6.878

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • John Cusack's second appearance in a Stephen King film adaptation. The first was Stand By Me.
  • The story this film was based on was almost never written. Stephen King originally created the first few pages of {1408} for his nonfiction book, On Writing, as an example of how to revise a first draft. The story, however, intrigued him, and he wound up not only finishing a complete draft, but adapting it for an audio-book compilation of short stories.
  • [?] Kate Walsh was originally cast in this film, but was forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with the television show [Grey's Anatomy]. She was replaced by Mary McCormack.
  • There are many references to the number "13" throughout the movie. The room is numbered "1408", add each number together equals 13. The room is on the 14th floor, and the Hotel skips the 13th floor, so the room is technically on the 13th floor. The room's key lock also has "6214" etched into it, which adds up to 13. And the first death was in the year 1912, which adds to 13.
  • One of the first victims of the room was named "Grady." Grady was a character in The Shining, Stephen King's other horror story about a hotel.
  • While addressing his audience at the book signing, Mike says, "Stay scared." This is a phrase traditionally used by director [?] George A. Romero, a friend of Stephen King's. Romero has said this at numerous conventions and often uses it as part of his signature.
  • At one point in the movie Mike wears a hat that says "Paranoia is total awareness". This is a nod to one of Stephen King's favorite quotes, "Perfect paranoia is perfect awareness".When the clock starts counting down from 60:00, the movie ends exactly one hour later.
  • The axe the fireman uses to break down the hotel door at the end of the movie is the same axe that Jack Nicholson used in The Shining (both movies were also shot at the same studio -- Elstree, in London)
  • Mary McCormack was pregnant throughout filming, explaining why most shots of her are filmed above the waist.
  • In the movie John Cusack's character says to his recorder, "hotel rooms are just naturally creepy places, don't you think? I mean How many people have slept in that bed before you? How many of them were sick? How many were losing their minds?" Stephen King wrote this in his explanatory note of 1408 in his compilation book of short stories.