Film 1408
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  • I was disappointed at the end of the film

    • by selphiealmasy8
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      I had been looking forward to the big screen adaption of Stephen King’s excellent short story 1408 from his collection Everything’s Eventual. I’d heard quite a few positive reviews and heard that it didn’t do too bad at the box office either, which was unexpected and hopefully a good hearld.

      As in the story, it features skeptic Mike Enslin’s stay at one of the most terrifying hotel rooms ever to slip under the paranormal scope. once again, Enslin


      (John Cusack) is terrified. The film differs from the short story by expanding the tale of Mike Enslin, giving him a backstory featuring a young daughter who died of cancer. As a result his stay in room 1408 has a lot of elements about this tragedy and about life and death.

      I didn’t like the addition. I didn’t quite know what the film was trying to say. Why was Enslin so damn sure to prove that his child ...


      • wasn’t anywhere? Why was he kind of cocky when given proof that the daughter he loved was stuck in a hellish room and not in Heaven? For that matter, why was Enslin even so sure that the girl he saw in the room was his daughter and not the room offering up another trick? This was more than possible. I mean I have little understanding why she would even be there, having never seen the room before.

        I

        was disappointed at the end of the film. The performances were okay but merely adequate. While the original short story was one of terror, and creepy in its eerie style, the adaption did not capture that atmosphere. Sure there were a few scary moments but many failed, seeming somehow cheesy almost.

        I also hated the denoument and how Enslin escaped the room. It was not nearly as frightening, dire or darkly funny as in the short story.




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