Just got back from seeing the new horror film 1408 - it was fine (quite immersive, but nothing amazing). It did make me jump, but that’s nothing special - everything slightly scary makes me jump.

I even smiled in a couple of places, the first being when Mike Enslin’s Dell (product placement anybody?) laptop showed a blue screen of death after getting a little damp from the fire sprinklers. But it’s all OK, because the computer decided to switch itself back later on in the film so that he could have a video chat with his wife. The second smile moment was just weird: some of his daughter’s clothes came out the hotel fax machine…


By Kevin Spencer on 1 September 2007 at 3:39:

How was John Cusack in this movie? For the life of me I can’t find a link handy but I remember reading that John Cusack is really the only actor with any screentime. Everyone else, even SLJ, really have bit parts at best. Is that the case?

By Alex on 1 September 2007 at 9:15:

Yep, it’s very true – there’s barely a scene without him, but Jackson as the hotel manager has maybe fifteen/twenty minutes on screen. The only other vaguely important people are his wife Lily and daughter Katie.

That said, it wasn’t too bad – I guess the idea was a bit like Phone Booth, in that it was just one major actor in one location for most of the film.