PG-13 | | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
A man who specialises in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.
This movie makes many references and uses other tropes common to King's other works, including the spoken line, "this is eight, we have killed your friends! Every friend is now dead!" (The Dark Tower books), sentimental objects of the deceased such as Katie's dress and Mike's tape recorder reappearing in odd places (the short story "The Things They Left Behind" from King's anthology Just After Sunset), the name "Grady" being used (The Shining), the usage of open graves to taunt the protagonist (Stephen King's It (1990)) and a writer being trapped in a scary place (Misery).
Hi. Mike Enslin. Checking in.
After Enslin sets fire to the room and the fire's been burning a while, he throws a chair through the window. Immediately, the fire explodes. Fire does this when it has consumed the oxygen in the room and is suddenly fed fresh air (which is why firefighters have to be careful when opening doors or windows in burning buildings). However, since the oxygen in the air was consumed, Enslin should be suffocating, not walking or throwing furniture around.
-***Spoiler Alert - Alternate Ending*** The Director's Cut contains a more tragic ending. Mike Enslin sets fire to 1408 but is not rescued by the fire department. Instead, the last we see of him is when he's lying on his back in the burning room and we hear the words of his daughter "everybody dies". The camera zooms in on the numbers on the outside door, just as they melt from the heat. The next scene is at Mike's funeral where his coffin is lowered into the ground right next to his daughter's; just as the visions 1408 prophesied. Lily is there, being consoled by Mike's agent. As the procession ends, Lily walks to her car and is met by Gerald Olin who is carrying a box. Gerald introduces himself and gives his condolences. He says the box contains some of Mike's belongings still left in the room. He offers it to Lily while also trying to explain, with a sense of hope, that Mike's death of was not in vain and that because of his actions no one else will *ever be able to stay in room 1408. Lily, in too much grief to listen, cuts him off and refuses to accept the box. Gerald returns to his car and opens the box, which contains the nightgown that was sent through the fax machine as well and the burned tape recorder. Gerald plays it and hears the same dialog between Mike and his daughter heard at the end of the theatrical release. As he listens, he sees a young girl in his rear-view mirror waving in his direction. He turns around to look at her and catches a brief vision of Mike Enslin in his back seat, hideously burned. Gerald jumps but the vision quickly disappears. He looks back at the girl who has found her dad that was looking for her. Gerald catches his breath, starting his car and driving off. The final scene goes back to room 1408. We see a specter Mike Enslin staring out the window. The last shot is of him finishing his cigarette and walking towards the door just as he vanishes.
$20,617,667 24 June 2007
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