The cynical and skeptical writer Mike Enslin writes books evaluating supernatural phenomena in hotels, graveyards and other haunted places, usually debunking the mystery. While writing his last book, he travels from Los Angeles to New York to spend one night in the evil room 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel, which is permanently unavailable for guests. The reluctant manager Mr. Gerald Olin objects to his request and offers an upgrade, expensive booze and finally the reports relating the death of more than fifty guests along decades in the cursed room. However, Mike threatens Mr. Oiln, promising to sue the hotel, and finally checks in the room. Along the night, he finds that guests of room 1408 can check out when they like, but they can never leave the room alive.
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"Even if you leave this room, you can never leave this room!"
These words are very relevant to this horror/thriller ghost story based on the short story by Stephen King.
A skeptical writer Mike Enslin(John Cusack) investigates supposed paranormal activity within hotels and other generally creepy places. While writing his latest book he receives a post card about an evil room at the Dolphin Hotel in New York(room 1408). The manager Gerald Olin(Samuel L. Jackson) is reluctant to have Enslin stay in 1408 because of all the deaths that have occurred in that room. But Enslin is insistent on staying the night there and nothing Olin says will change his mind...then Enslin's nightmare begins...
Nothing the best Stephen King adaption but it's one hell of a fun ride. With it's building story to the obvious but unexpected jump scares it outshines previous gore fest films. I highly recommend this if you're a Stephen King fan or just a pure horror movie fan and remember...
"Don't Stay in Room 1408."