Even if you leave this room, you can never leave this room!
I have always been a fan of subtle horror (I recall mentioning this in a few of my previous reviews, so if you truly read my thoughts, then you'll know this), and this is THE best film which exhibits this feature of horror films. There may be blood involved, but the film relies more on the viewers' imagination as to how the true horror unravels in the film. Other moviegoers may feel that Samuel L. Jackson's presence may be lacking, but I say that it's just right. He has had precedence in a number of other films; let Cusack take centre stage this time around.
Mike Enslin (Cusack) is an expert on the paranormal, and when he receives a note about the notorious 1408 room in the Dolphin Hotel, he decides to go there and see for himself if the rumours surrounding the different occurrences are true. Is the terror truth or myth? The reluctant manager of the hotel. Gerard Olin (Jackson), isn't too keen on handing over the keys to the room, even citing a number of horrific instances of people who had encounters with the room; some of which ended in death and insanity. Mike scoffs off these tales, and he fervently insists that he should be given access to the room. Once inside, he begins dictating notes in his tape recorder, but it isn't long before the room begins to work its mysterious effects on Mike.
The film may seem dragging to some, but I found that the scenes where Mike was slowly being caught in the mental trap the room seemed to exert over the people who were brave and/or foolish enough to stay there for more than ten seconds. You might not be a fan of horror film, but this one definitely takes the cake.