Starring two of my favorite actors; John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, this movie takes place in a haunted hotel run by Samuel L. Jackson's character.
The synopsis of the story is simple. John Cusack's character is a horror novelist who only believes what he can see with his own eyes. He has been writing books discrediting the paranormal and his next book is intended to discredit the haunted hotel. He plans to spend ten nights in the haunted hotel but can he even survive one?
I'm a fan of Stephen King books and some of his movies. I find the movies based on short stories always translate best. The longer stuff such as The Stand and Tommyknockers do not survive the cutting room floor and end up terrible. This one looks like it will be good. Because this is based off of the short story 1408 I have no doubt that it will make a good transition to the silver screen.
I can't remember the last real good horror movie I saw. Some might say that the third Star Wars prequel was a horror movie due to some bad acting but, I digress. To me, a good horror movie has to have a few things:
- What good horror needs
- Good actors
- Good story
- Simple plot
- A chance it could really happen
With this movie we have all of the above and I can't help buy be reminded of the effect Jaws had on me as a kid. Heck, I still don't want to go back in the water! Will this one make me not want to stay in a hotel?
Besides, it has Samuel L. Jackson in it! He's the reason people went to see the Star Wars prequels.
Watch the trailer and then take a look at the website for the 1408 Movie. The movie comes out on June 22, 2007.
So what do the rest of you think?