Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Directed by Mikael Hafstrom.
2007. Rated PG-13, 104 minutes.
John Cusack
Samuel L. Jackson
Mary McCormack
Tony Shalhoub

Author Mike Enslin (Cusack) makes his living writing about places that are supposedly haunted. After numerous stays in numerous "haunted" locations he's never seen anything remotely supernatural. All of that changes once he checks into room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel. Cusack delivers his usual excellent performance. Only this time, he's not the extremely quirky type he normally plays, just a guy who is genuinely freaked out. There aren't many 'gotcha' moments but the tension is amped up from the moment Samuel L. Jackson appears on screen (though he really has a small part) and rarely lets up. Its just well executed with a creepy ending.

MY SCORE: 7.5/10

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