The following review is sponsored by the movie 1408.
Another horror/thriller adapted from a short story by Stephen King, the 1408 movie follows supernatural writer Mike Enslin, an author of two hit books focusing on supernatural phenomena. Enslin is determined to research the notorious room 1408 in a New York City hotel firsthand, by personally staying as a guest in the fabled room.
Before I continue, I should state that I’m a Stephen King fan. I’ve read The Stand (Unabridged), The Tommyknockers, Cell, The Dark Tower, Dreamcatcher, and From a Buick 8. The Stand is among my top 3 favourite books.
For those that have not read King before, you probably have seen one of the movies based on his books. Some of the more notable films adapted from King’s writings are: The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Shining, and Carrie, proving that King’s books can pass onto the big screen just as well as they fare on paper.
Below is the trailer for 1408, please take a look before reading on:
I’m not the biggest fan of the horror genre, but I definitely love thrillers. I believe that John Cusack fits Enslin’s role perfect here, and is a perfect match for this movie.
I can’t help but compare this to Cusack in the 2003 horror/mystery/thriller, Identity. Cusack was perfect in Identity and so I’m glad that he has decided to follow-up in this genre. I believe the director of 1408, Mikael Håfström, chose Cusack for this very reason.
Playing opposite Cusack is Mr. Samuel L. Jackson. It will be very interesting to see just how much a role Jackson has in the film since he appears to be just the hotel manager. Those who are familiar with King’s writings know that his role may turn out to be more than just the hotel manager…
The 1408 movie comes out on June 22nd. If you’re a fan of King, Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, horror, mysteries, or thrillers, then you may want to put 1408 on your list of movies to watch this summer.