My eyes are green with envy at Mike Enslin’s job as an author who writes about haunted places. I’m not envious of the haunted part, but more the being able to travel and write about it for a living. Every day brings me closer to trading in my car for a van and just driving across the continent.
1408 is based off of a short story by Stephen King. Of course a writer is writing about a writer, do you notice how that happens a lot? 1408 follows Mike Enslin as he’s trying to find a hotel to feature in the final chapter of his latest book highlighting haunted hotels.
He receives an unexplained invitation to investigate room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel. This room torments him, and it’s a fun ride. There was never a moment I was scared, however the suspense in this movie was excellent. I often couldn’t figure out how Mike could end his torment and actually escape room 1408.
Many of the effects are cheesy and clearly of their time, but this doesn’t subtract from the already tense situation. However, it doesn’t add anything either.
Room 1408 enters your mind and plays on your deepest regrets, pains, and traumatic experiences. Mike’s personal tragedy, that he literally ran from years ago, comes back into the same room with him. His mental toughness is what ultimately saves him in the end.
I would recommend this movie if you’re scared easily. This movie will give those types of viewers quite a thrill. For others, I’d say expect to not be scared, but to have a pleasant stay at the Dolphin Hotel.
I’m thinking of starting to give the movies I watch a rating. Since it’s horror maybe something like, it gets 7 out of 10 skulls or something like that. This is a bit of a joke from the movie, but I’m also actually considering it.
This movie only increased my desire to travel, however I’m not one for staying in fancy old hotels. Don’t get me wrong, I love the atmosphere, but I just don’t like to dwell on the probable history of racial prejudices practiced by those kinds of hotels. They didn’t need my money then, and they don’t need my money now to continue their legacy.
Things I learned:
- If Samuel L. Jackson tells you to not stay in the room, then don’t stay your motherfucking ass in the motherfucking room.
- Mental fortitude is incredibly important. My depression would probably mean I’d last 5 minutes.
- If someone offers you an upgrade to a penthouse suite, TAKE IT!
- Top Ten Lists are and will always be moneymakers.
- I need an agent. Please leave any leads in the comments.