Renowned horror novelist Mike Enslin (Cusack) only believes what he can see with his own two eyes. After a string of bestsellers discrediting paranormal events in the most infamous haunted houses and graveyards around the world, he scoffs at the concept of an afterlife. 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 (Jackson), the author is the first person in years to stay in the reputedly haunted room. Another bestseller may be iminent, but like all Stephen King heroes, Enslin must go from skeptic to true believer – and ultimately survive the night.
I’m of the opinion that a good suspense film makes you wonder for two hours if what you are watching is reality or if it’s all in the character’s head. Although it was not Dove-approved, “1408” does this beautifully. The film tight-walks the line between psychosis and reality throughout the film, with plenty of jump-out-of-your-seat moments. John Cusack is phenomenal and carries the film well. This film would flounder with a lesser actor at the helm, considering that the main character is the only one in the scene for the majority of the film. “1408” was not approved due to the language used. In addition, there were many scenes where photographs of a disturbing nature were shown. There was some blood but it was minimal. Overall, this was a great suspense film but one to leave the kiddies at home.