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1408 Review

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  • 4.0

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    Even with its flaws, 1408 deserves to be appreciated by connoisseurs of acting and bravura filmmaking.

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  • 75

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    USA Today

    At his best, King's most effective creatures are not the ones behind creaking doors, but inside crooked minds.

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  • 75

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A deft Stephen King freak-out.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Swift, sharp adaptation of Stephen King's short story (from the "Everything's Eventual" collection).

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Hotel room horror is more mental than physical.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this horror film is more about psychology than gore, though the main character, Mike, does sustain some bloody injuries from the various attacks on him (flying furniture, collapsing architecture, and more). He also suffers increasing emotional distress and irrationality, remembering both his young daughter, who died of a disease (scenes show the wasting girl and arguments between her parents), and his resentful, despairing, wheelchair-bound father. The nightmare-style narrative is illogical and sometimes disturbing, including ghosts, loud noises, jump scenes, and grotesque images of insects and bloody corpses. Mike drinks frequently and smokes once (very dramatically). Language includes one use of "f--k" and plenty of other words: "s--t," "ass," "bitch," etc.

  • Families can talk about the enduring appeal of ghost stories and haunted house tales. Why are they so popular? Do you think strong emotions can continue to "occupy" a place? How does the movie make room 1408 seem scary before viewers even see the inside? How does Mike's past become part of the room's arsenal of disturbing imagery? Families can also discuss why people like being scared at the movies. What makes some horror movies better at accomplishing this than others?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Cynical writer learns to cope with grief and guilt through supernatural experiences; much of the movie takes place in a room described as "evil."

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: A surfer is hit by a wave and sinks underwater, then appears unconscious on shore; some brutal violence is indicated in newspaper and file photos (bodies are bloody, dead by suicides -- including drowning, throat slicing, gun shots, and hanging). A couple of ghosts jump out of the hotel room window (woman screams as she falls); hand smashed by window bleeds (bloody smears on walls, in sink, on shower curtain); man almost falls off building ledge; room "assaults" Mike, first overheating, then freezing, then collapsing, crashing, bleeding, and burning.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Dead bodies in a tub appear very briefly undressed (not explicit); bikinis and swimwear on beach.

  • language false3

    Language: Moderate language, used in frustration and fear. One "f--k," plus repeated uses of "s--t," "ass," "damn," "hell," and a few of "bastard," "a--hole," and "bitch."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Dell laptop, Yahoo email.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Mike drinks frequently (cognac, hotel liquor bottles); Mike thinks he's been "dosed." Mike's mirror image smokes; a former smoker, he ritually keeps a cigarette near him so he might use it if necessary -- by film's end, he does.