Directed By: Mikael Håfström
Written By:Matt Greenberg and Scott Alexander
Based on the Steven King story
I bought this movie on a whim when I was actually staying in a hotel room alone one time, it served me well. It isn’t a great movie but it’s creepy, it’s effective, and it has Samuel L. Jackson. 1408 is based off a short story I didn’t read by Stephen King. I am a big Stephen King fan but I didn’t really like his first novel about an evil hotel and I think a short story about an evil hotel room means he was running out of good ideas. I’d have to check to say this with any accuracy but I would bet this is only loosely based on a Stephen King story and his name was added to increase interest in the film. I think this was effective because I bought this movie spontaneously, I bought it new. Typically I only buy a movie new if I really loved it or I absolutely knew it would be awesome even though I hadn’t seen it. This was neither but I took a chance, and if I was on the fence at all it was Stephen King’s name that won me over.
Now, since this is the first opportunity I have to talk about him, let’s cover the great Samuel L. Motherfuckin Jackson. He may always be the same character, Jules from Inglewood, in the majority of his roles, but what movie isn’t enhanced by that character? I think we all know that while the wallet may have belonged to Tarantino, Samuel L. Jackson was, is, and always will be the “Bad Motherfucker.” If he had said nothing else in this movie other than “it’s an evil fucking room man” the movie still would have been that much better. He plays this role so well that you start to wonder if his character is supernatural and not just a hotel manager. He really read all the books by the author John Cusack was playing? If it was anybody else you would be asking yourself “what are the chances of that?” but when it’s the Bad Motherfucker you just think “whoa, maybe he isn’t just a hotel manager, maybe he just…knows things, maybe he has…powers.”
I see this being a forgotten film in the end, but I enjoyed it. I took a chance on it and wasn’t disappointed, it may have played into my circumstances and had an unfair advantage, but the movie is worth your time and I would recommend it.
This film has all of the elements of a successful horror film. I thoroughly enjoy it. I am not the biggest John Cusack fan, but I do think that he realistically portrays his character in this film. A writer that used to smoke but doesn’t anymore yet carries the cigarette behind his ear for superstition’s sake. I also love the line he uses when Samuel L. Jackson asks if he drinks, “I said I was writer.” Speaking of the great Samuel L. Jackson, I think he was the best part of the movie. They even stuck in some “fucks” here and there, and the movie wouldn’t have been the same if Jackson didn’t say his signature word. I love him. I won’t go into too much detail here about him though, as we have a plethora of movies that will feature his awesomeness.
All in all this a great movie where you don’t have to think too much into and you can just sit back and watch it for what it is. It will make you jump here and there and it will make you feel for the main character and his pain of losing his daughter. Check this one out if you are in the mood for a scary flick.