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Renowned horror novelist Mike Enslin believes only in what he can see with his own two eyes. But after a string of bestsellers discrediting paranormal events in the most infamous haunted houses and graveyards around the world, he has no real proof of life...afterlife. But Enslin's phantom-free run of long and lonely nights is about to change forever when he checks into suite 1408 of the notorious Dolphin Hotel for his latest project, "Ten Nights in Haunted Hotel Rooms." Defying the warnings of the hotel manager, the author is the first person in years to stay in the reputedly… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The tale is skimpy, mostly set in a New York City suite that, despite its bustling midtown location, is said to host unspeakable evil-and it doesn't even have Wi-Fi."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A faithful and creepy adaptation of [King's] 2002 short story."
‑ Scott Bowles, USA Today
"Like shacking up with a cheap hooker in a moderately priced hotel, 1408 delivers dirty thrills with few frills."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"The success of 1408 rests squarely on [John Cusack's] Hawaiian shirt-clad shoulders, and he pulls it off. The role, that is. The tacky shirt stays on pretty well the whole time."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Forcing the audience to experience his terror with an almost first-hand immediacy, Cusack runs the emotional gamut ..."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"It reminds us what it's like to be scared in a theater rather than overwhelmed by buckets of blood and gore."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Even as haunted hotel King movies go, 1408 is certainly no Shining. Not even the TV-movie version."
‑ Rob Salem, Toronto Star
"Another actor may have made 1408 seem as thin and fake as an episode of Tales from the Crypt, but Cusack lends it that badly needed extra milligram of conviction."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Sight and Sound
"A good, old-fashioned horror flick, one that relies on supernatural chills, psychological twists and top-shelf special effects -- as opposed to the recent trend toward ball gags, bound wrists and bad lighting."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Una buena idea y unos 20 minutos iniciales inquietantes y sugestivos se descarrilan rŠpidamente hacia la parafernalia y el exceso visual. Nada convence, excepto el esfuerzo de John Cusack por convencernos de que se lo ha tomado en serio."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"The movie attempts a false ending that doesn't quite work; the picture feels prolonged, dragged out, and its ennui lessens the impact of some of its more terrifying fillips."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"A genuinely disturbing and ingenious piece of horror that's as much a brainteaser as it is a feast of visual creativity."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"1408 is another Stephen King adaptation where the main protagonist is a writer. It is also a fine psychological horror movie and welcome change of pace from the ultra violent, gore polluted, torture porn flicks currently infecting cinema."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Cusack's gritty, near over-the-top performance goes a long way, as does the subtle slow burn from director Mikael HŚfstrŲm, but Samuel L. Jackson needed to be nudged awake as the hotel manager."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"From the start, it builds to a point of unbearable tension and then rewards us with a payoff that is cleverly executed and genuinely terrifying."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
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