1408 (2007, USA) C-104m. SCOPE ** D: Mikael Hafström. Starring John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack, Tony Shalhoub, Len Cariou. Title refers to a supposedly haunted hotel room in NYC that makes perfect final chapter for ghost-house writer Cusack, or so he thinks. The room turns out to be evil indeed and Cusack, a non-believer with a sad history is in for the ride of his lifetime. Well-made and acted, but with a script this predictable, the film only goes so far. Based on a short story by Stephen King, who seems to recycle ideas from many of his previous stories and films here (IT, SHINING, MISERY to name but a few). Unrated version runs 112m.

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