So the theme for September will be movies adapted from Stephen King or ones he created on his own. I can’t think of any better way to set the tone than by looking at 1408.
The movie was adapted by a short story with the same name and the plot is about a cynical author who stays at reputable haunted places, and writes about them in a way to try to disprove the existence of the supernatural. He is then led on a case of a haunted hotel room that will challenge his sanity and more.
This movie does very well in the scare factor and showing how room 1408 messes with peoples minds. It feeds upon fears and despair that is already there, and magnifies it. The end result sees people brutally killing themselves to escape the room. In this case, the room preys on the author loss of his daughter and the estranged marriage that resulted from it. It doesn’t help the fact of the author having a bit of a drinking problem to boot. Samuel L Jackson has a small role as the hotel manager who tries to dissuade the author from staying in the room to no avail. That’s humans for you, we never listen.
Is it possible a room could be evil or is it the result of so much pent up psychic energy? All the negativity just building up more in a space can manifest very powerful things. Which is what we see here. Whether the author can escape from it without irreparable damage remains to be seen. It’s a very intense ending and there is some trickery involved that I thought was very clever.
This film is available to rent via Amazon Prime for you to check out at your own leisure. If you already seen 1408, feel free to leave your thoughts below!
Till next time, stay scared!