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1408 [2007]

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Director:Mikael Håfström
Writer:Larry Karaszewski
Matt Greenberg
Scott Alexander
Composer:Gabriel Yared
Length:104 minutes
(1 hour 44 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Friday 13
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
IMDB Rating:6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:78%
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  • Suspense / Horror
  • Drama
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Synopsis: Michael Enslin is a writer who investigates sites of alleged hauntings for his job, but he is not ready for what awaits him in room 1408.


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

Select Cast and Crew
Mikael Håfström => Director
Larry Karaszewski => Writer
Matt Greenberg => Writer
Scott Alexander => Writer
Gabriel Yared => Composer
Stephen King => Short Story
Emily Harvey => Secretary
Isiah Whitlock Jr. => Hotel Engineer
Jasmine Jessica Anthony => Katie
John Cusack => Mike Enslin
Kim Thomson => Desk Clerk
Len Cariou => Mike's Father
Margot Leicester => Mrs. Innkeeper
Mary McCormack => Lily
Paul Birchard => Mr. Innkeeper
Samuel L. Jackson => Gerald Olin
Tony Shalhoub => Sam Farrell
Walter Lewis => Book Store Cashier
William Armstrong => Clay the Lawyer

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Mary McCormack was pregnant throughout filming, explaining why most shots of her are filmed above the waist.
  • The initial story inspiration for 1408 came from a collection of real-life news stories about parapsychologist [?] Christopher Chacon's investigation of a notoriously haunted room at the famous Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, CA, as well as another undisclosed hotel on the East Coast.
  • As Enslin is walking to 1408, reading the files Olin gave him, he comes across a page that says "My brother was eaten by wolves on the Connecticut Turnpike." This is a reference to Stephen King's short story. As Enslin loses his mind in the room, that is the last intelligible thing he says to his tape recorder. His brother actually died of lung cancer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • John Cusack's second appearance in a Stephen King film adaptation. The first was Stand By Me.
  • Mike Enslin has a Chicago White Sox hat. Chicago is John Cusack's home town. Also, in a previous film, Eight Men Out, Cusack portrayed White Sox third-baseman [?] George "Buck" Weaver. Cusack himself is both a devoted Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox fan. He has said so in numerous interviews.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In addition to the numbers of the room adding up to 13, the hotel is mentioned to be at 2254 Lexington Street in New York City. 2254 adds up to 13.