John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack, Tony Shalhoub, Len Cariou, Jasmine Jessica Anthony, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Kim Thomson, Benny Urquidez, Andrew-Lee Potts, Jules de Jongh
Horror novelist Mike Enslin (John Cusack) believes only in what he can see with his own eyes. But after a string of bestsellers discrediting paranormal events, he has no real proof of afterlife. But when he checks into suite 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel, he confronts genuine terror.
Based on Stephen King's short story of the same name - which I have not read -, 1408 is a creepy, disturbing and frightening psychological horror where the main protagonist is a writer going nuts in a hotel - I know, it recalls "The Shining".
Mikael Håfström manages to give the film proper tension, and puts aside the unusual apparitions and the bleeding walls to focus more on the psychological torture the main character is put through for an hour or so.
The special effects, which look quite authentic, the camera angles, and the background music give the film enough restlessness to entertain you, and to keep you on the edge of your seat for most of the time, not giving you even the time to grab some popcorns.
The most important role though is played by John Cusack. He is wonderfully brilliant as the cynical writer, being self-deprecating and at the same time tormented, troubled to perfection. He is always believable, and he basically carry the film by himself. Samuel L. Jackson is also notable in his small, yet important, role as the manager of the haunted hotel. The room can also be consider one great character: the way it is constantly changing really challenges us.
Room 1408: Even if you leave this room, you can never leave this room!
Mike's father: As I was, you are. As I am, you will be.