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Another Less-Than-Glowing 1408 Review!

Published at: May 15, 2007, 5:26 a.m. CST by Moriarty

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. Okay, so now we seem to be getting much more mixed reactions to 1408 than we did at first blush. I’m glad, too. Those early reviews made me think this was going to be the end-all be-all, and now I think my expectations are pitched a little more realistically. I’m just hoping for a fun, scary ride, and that short story certainly was fodder for that. So how’s the movie? Here’s one of our New York spies to tell you:

Hey Harry. It's James from NYC. Used to go by the name wonka kills kids and Dr No Is a Yes, but after being caught on a line for a screening for submitting reviews to your site. I actually got confronted and was called out of the line like this. "We know it's you Dr. No. You can't lie to us." All I could do was laugh. But yeah, alot of people are chiming in about 1408 and how it was good or sucked. I thought it was a decent film with somegood over the top acting from John Cusack and some non-over acting from Samuel L. Jackson. It had some decent effects with the ghosts, jumping out of windows and a nice little scene where he's looking through the hotel room and checking with his black light where people had died and then a quick FLASH! of their actual bodies in those spots. Some great scares which made people jump out of their seats (one with a guy who resembled Clint Howard with a hook of some sort and another with a guy crawling after him in the air ducts). One of the ridiculous things in the movie... John Cusack battling a little fridge in the room. Yes. It's horrible as it sounds. My friends and I also got to sit in afterwards and speak about what we liked and disliked about the movie. Twenty of us were there, which is funny, because half of them seemed to be plants within there, chiming in with, "Oh my, that scene was fantastic! It had such gusto!" It made me shudder. I complained mostly about the ending... or multiple ones there were. There was Cusack dying in the room, killing it with him in the process. Then the funeral. Then Jackson coming with Cusack's belongings and listening to his last words on the tape recorder, seeing the room was actually evil. Then BLAMMO! Cusack's burnt body scares the hell out of Jackson. All his imagination... but then we switch to the burnt up room, with Cusack's ghost walking around, smoking a cigarette, going to his daughter. Just a bit of a mess, but considering it was a King story – into movie, it was actually good then. Also got to check out two versions of the new Michael Moore movie Sicko's... trailers. Yes, sat in a room with people and watched two version, one comedic and the other was a bit more serious. Looks like a fun and yet depressing look at the heatlh care system here in the country, or lack thereof. Speaking of the trailers, they were both alright, had the right laughs, but stressed a bit too much on the larger than life persona of Michael Moore, which tends to take over the actual message which isn't good for a documentary. Also, they are promoting it as a comedy. And that's it, very simple. Which I made sure to comment on because that depressed me that people wouldn't actually get that a documentary could be funny without them having to mention that. What a sad world we live in. But the laughs he gets that are big are of course when it comes to the Bushisms. One consisting of him asking where all the doctors are going... why can't an obgyn get to be intimate with a woman. Something to that disgustingly funny effect. Wish it was actually the movie, but hell, you see what you can get. Thanks again to you, Drew and the whole team for the screening of The Devil Dared Me To. That was probably one of the most fun I had in theatres with a small crowd in awhile. Hope to have more of those in the near future. I guess I'm known as Cool As Quentin/ Arise the Demon Etrigan

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  • May 15, 2007, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Still might check it out

    by mrfan

    Nuff said

  • May 15, 2007, 5:40 a.m. CST

    next

    by AllieJamison

    i hope the story about Jackson & Spielberg plus eventually the New Haven Indy IV shoot is coming up. first story will hopefully be a new TB bomb, no?

  • May 15, 2007, 5:45 a.m. CST

    Can't be any worse than Dreamcatcher.

    by fanboy71

    Seems like the Stephen King movies can never quite capture the essence of the novels, which I love, btw. Movies that came close were Carrie, Stand By Me, The Shawshank Redemption, and Cujo. I've been waiting patiently for The Mist for 20 years, and it's finally on the way. I'm sure I'll see this in theaters too.

  • May 15, 2007, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Wow. Starting to Sound Like Direct-to-DVD

    by HostileOrganismX

    People get this stuff for free on television. Dimension just produced a feature length episode of "Medium."

  • May 15, 2007, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Totally different ending than I saw

    by Kid Kilowatt

    I saw this just a couple weeks ago and the ending was totally different. This one actually sounds better.

  • May 15, 2007, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Sounds like

    by SithMenace

    the typical King film adaptation.

  • May 15, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST

    MAN IN SUITE! MAN IN SUITE! MAN IN SUITE!

    by Osmosis Jones

    MAN IN SUITE! MAN IN SUITE! MAN IN SUITE!

  • May 15, 2007, 10:45 a.m. CST

    I went to a focus group for the Sicko trailer last week

    by Bungion Boy

    I was bummed. The invitation suggested that we'd at least get to see some of the film, if not all of it. But it was just two trailers. It looks good and I'm looking forward to it. I considered reporting it but I just didn't think there was much to report. On a related note, is it a law that all movie trailers feature the song "Under Pressure?" This one did. Great song, sick of hearing it in trailers.

  • May 15, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST

    To Moriarty

    by efxboy1

    Ok, normally I try not to get into the hate and bile-spewing areas of talkbacks, but FUCK, MORIARTY, YOU COULDN'T HAVE TAKEN FIFTEEN SECONDS TO TYPE THAT THIS REVIEWER WENT INTO COMPLETE DETAIL REGARDING THE ENDING OF THIS FILM?!!

  • May 15, 2007, 2:59 p.m. CST

    To everyone...

    by arisethedemonetrigan

    Wow, he didn't put the spoiler warning. But sadly, I knew the ending due to the book. Which was quite different. Should've told Harry that as well. Sorry all. And Bungion Boy, I agree with you. I was at the focus group too. I was with my girlfriend and I was the one who pointed out that I thought the whole 'A brand new comedy!' angle wasn't a good idea. And yeah, Under Pressure and I Wanna Be Sedated are a bit too common

  • May 15, 2007, 3:06 p.m. CST

    He put spoiler on the side of it...

    by arisethedemonetrigan

    So yeah, not sure if that was just put up or something. I'm pissed I missed the new Coen Bros.' movie yesterday due to work.

  • May 15, 2007, 4:09 p.m. CST

    SPOILERS

    by abigsmurf

    Jesus, this talks about the ending in detail without warning, thanks a bunch.

  • June 21, 2007, 4:36 a.m. CST

    They must have changed hte end

    by boardbrtn

    The ending's way different in the final version.

  • July 2, 2007, 1:15 a.m. CST

    He doesn't fight the fridge *spoilers*

    by mr teaspoon

    That's bullshit. By that point in the movie Cusack is on the edge of sanity and sees a vision of Sam Jackson in the mini-fridge. Becomes enraged, feels like Jackson tricked him and has a breakdown.