I've been dismissing the TV spots for 1408 because it just seemed a little on the cheesy side, but that was before I saw the full trailer. This creepy little preview actually made me jump several times. And since we were just talking about our favorite horror films being the ones that are ghostly and freaky but not full of torture and gore, 1408 seems to more than fit that bill.
Based on a short story by Stephen King, the movie follows Mike Enslin (John Cusack), a writer of horror fiction (familiar, eh King?) whose young daughter dies. Mike scoffs at the idea of paranormal activity and goes around discrediting allegations of ghosts and hauntings. However, when his work leads him to a haunted hotel room (with the room number 1408) where "nobody lasts more than an hour," Mike starts to experience things he never knew were possible. Samuel L. Jackson plays the hotel manager.
To let the spookiness begin,
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