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1408: Unrated Version [2007]

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Director:Mikael Hfstrm
Writer:Larry Karaszewski
Matt Greenberg
Scott Alexander
Composer:Gabriel Yared
Length:112 minutes
(1 hour 52 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
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: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Mikael Hfstrm => 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:

  • 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.
  • [?] 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.
  • 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)
  • 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 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.
  • Mary McCormack was pregnant throughout filming, explaining why most shots of her are filmed above the waist.
  • John Cusack's second appearance in a Stephen King film adaptation. The first was Stand By Me.
  • The bottle that Gerald Olin offers Mike Enslin is named "Les Cinquant Sept Dcs". In French, it means literally "The fifty seven deaths". And just after that we learn that in the room 1408 there were 56 deaths. So we could have guessed that Mike's fate was "written".
  • 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.