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* KubrickStare: Mike at the end.

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* KubrickStare: Mike at Mike, in the end.theatrical ending.



* MysteriousNote: The postcard which starts it all. Really mysterious, since who sent it remains [[TheUnreveal unknown]].



* TheUnreveal: In spades. [[spoiler:We never learn what the room is, who sent the postcard, or whether Enslin really escaped.]]

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* TheUnreveal: In spades. [[spoiler:We never learn what the room is, who sent [[MysteriousNote the postcard, postcard]], or whether Enslin really escaped.escaped (in the ending where he does).]]
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* MindRape: In the movie, it is implied that the room peers into the darkest corners of its current occupant's fears, regrets, and insecurities, and customizes itself to whatever nightmares will traumatize them the most. Then it will just repeat the Mind Rape until the occupant kills himself.

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* MindVirus: [[spoiler:The room starts a slow infection of any of its occupants' minds through a perpetual MindRape.]]
* MindRape: In the movie, it It is implied that the [[spoiler:the room peers into the darkest corners of its current occupant's fears, regrets, and insecurities, and customizes itself to whatever nightmares will traumatize them the most. Then it will just repeat the Mind Rape until the occupant kills himself.]]
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* BilingualBonus: The French label of the bottle (see {{Foreshadowing}})



** By way of BilingualBonus: The bottle Olin gives to Mike is named ''Les Cinquante Sept Décès'', which means "The fifty seven deaths." [[spoiler: We learn there have been 56 deaths in 1408. Guess who's number 57]].
** When Mike gets to the 14th floor, he ambles along through the corridors absent-mindedly, not looking where he's going, and inadvertently ends up [[spoiler:back at the elevators, right where he started.]]
** The lady with the pram and the baby's screams are [[spoiler:hints of the death of Mike's daughter.]]



** When Mike gets to the 14th floor, he ambles along through the corridors absent-mindedly, not looking where he's going, and inadvertently ends up [[spoiler: back at the elevators, right where he started.]]
** By way of BilingualBonus: The bottle Olin gives to Mike is named ''Les Cinquante Sept Décès'', which means "The fifty seven deaths." [[spoiler: We learn there have been 56 deaths in 1408. Guess who's number 57]].

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** When Mike gets to the 14th floor, he ambles along through the corridors absent-mindedly, not looking where he's going, and inadvertently ends up [[spoiler: back at the elevators, right where he started.]]
** By way
[[spoiler:"Burn me alive"]] written on two separate bricks of BilingualBonus: The bottle Olin gives to Mike is named ''Les Cinquante Sept Décès'', which means "The fifty seven deaths." [[spoiler: We learn there have been 56 deaths in 1408. Guess who's number 57]]. walls (see KillItWithFire).



* MindRape: In the movie, it is implied that the room peers into the darkest corners of its current occupant's fears, regrets, and insecurities, and customizes itself to whatever nightmares will traumatize them the most.

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* MindRape: In the movie, it is implied that the room peers into the darkest corners of its current occupant's fears, regrets, and insecurities, and customizes itself to whatever nightmares will traumatize them the most. Then it will just repeat the Mind Rape until the occupant kills himself.
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Cusack plays horror writer Mike Enslin, who specializes in investigating supposedly haunted houses and other sites of supernatural activity, which he has documented previously in books like ''Ten Haunted Graveyards'' and ''Ten Haunted Mansions''. However, these investigations have yet to bear fruit in the form of confirmable sightings, leaving him pessimistic and jaded. Through an anonymous recommendation, Enslin learns about the Dolphin Hotel, in which no one has been able to stay even a single night (or even one hour) in one particular room - the eponymous 1408. According to his research, everyone who tries has committed suicide or died from anything from heart attacks to drowning. The manager, Gerald Olin, tries to warn him away from staying in that room, to no avail; Enslin is unconvinced by his warnings and tales, preferring to see things for himself. After all, [[TemptingFate what's the worst that could happen?]]

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Cusack plays horror writer Mike Enslin, who specializes in investigating supposedly haunted houses and other sites of supernatural activity, which he has documented previously in books like ''Ten Haunted Graveyards'' and ''Ten Haunted Mansions''. However, these investigations have yet to bear fruit in the form of confirmable sightings, leaving him pessimistic and jaded. Through an anonymous recommendation, Enslin learns about the Dolphin Hotel, in which no one has been able to stay even a single night (or even one hour) in one particular room - the eponymous 1408. According to his research, everyone who tries has committed suicide or died from anything from heart attacks to drowning. The manager, Gerald Olin, Olin (Jackson), tries to warn him away from staying in that room, to no avail; Enslin is unconvinced by his warnings and tales, preferring to see things for himself. After all, [[TemptingFate what's the worst that could happen?]]



** Finally, the director's cut has [[spoiler:Mike also setting the room on fire and also dying, but this time, it's Olsin who listens to the tape with the dead daughter's voice.]]

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** Finally, the director's cut has [[spoiler:Mike also setting the room on fire and also dying, but this time, it's Olsin Olin who listens to the tape with the dead daughter's voice.]]



* SchroedingersButterfly: The whole movie plays with this concept a lot but especially when [[spoiler:the main character (as well as the viewing audience) is tricked into thinking that he escapes the hotel room and has returned to a normal life before he realizes that it was all a vicious illusion. This arguably comes to an end when he burns the place down and escapes, but there's still the feeling that too could possibly be an illusion.]] Only in the theatrical ending, though. In the director's cut and the other alternate ending, [[spoiler:it's clear he burned the entire room down, though at the cost of his life, but what is happening to Olsin (director's cut) or Sam (other ending) is unclear.]]

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* SchroedingersButterfly: The whole movie plays with this concept a lot but especially when [[spoiler:the main character (as well as the viewing audience) is tricked into thinking that he escapes the hotel room and has returned to a normal life before he realizes that it was all a vicious illusion. This arguably comes to an end when he burns the place down and escapes, but there's still the feeling that too could possibly be an illusion.]] Only in the theatrical ending, though. In the director's cut and the other alternate ending, [[spoiler:it's clear he burned the entire room down, though at the cost of his life, but what is happening to Olsin Olin (director's cut) or Sam (other ending) is unclear.]]



** Another ending has Oslin, who has seen a lot of the horror the room can do, [[spoiler:hearing the dead daughter's voice as one last proof that he was right.]]

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** Another ending has Oslin, Olin, who has seen a lot of the horror the room can do, [[spoiler:hearing the dead daughter's voice as one last proof that he was right.]]
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* AdaptationalAlternateEnding: The [[Literature/FourteenOhEight short story]] ends on a far more cynical note than the movie, with [[spoiler:Mike Enslin setting ''[[ManOnFire himself]]'' on fire rather than the room to escape its horrible influence. He survives with extensive third degree burns, but [[ShellshockedVeteran he lives the rest of his life alone and in fear]]. His tapes are also completely worthless and don't convince anyone of anything. [[ShaggyDogStory Everything indicates that the evil room will simply continue to claim victims despite Mr. Olin's efforts to contain it]].]] The film has three endings, none resembling the ending of the book :

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* AdaptationalAlternateEnding: The [[Literature/FourteenOhEight short story]] ends on a far more cynical note than the movie, with [[spoiler:Mike Enslin setting ''[[ManOnFire himself]]'' on fire rather than the room to escape its horrible influence. He survives with extensive third degree burns, but [[ShellshockedVeteran he lives the rest of his life alone and in fear]]. His tapes are also completely worthless and don't convince anyone of anything. [[ShaggyDogStory Everything indicates that the evil room will simply continue to claim victims despite Mr. Olin's efforts to contain it]].]] The film has three endings, none resembling the ending of one in the book :
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* SchroedingersButterfly: The whole movie plays with this concept a lot but especially when [[spoiler:the main character (as well as the viewing audience) is tricked into thinking that he escapes the hotel room and has returned to a normal life before he realizes that it was all a vicious illusion. This arguably comes to an end when he burns the place down and escapes, but there's still the feeling that too could possibly be an illusion.]] Only in the theatrical ending, though. In the director's cut [[spoiler:it's clear he burned the entire room down, though at the cost of his life.]]

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* SchroedingersButterfly: The whole movie plays with this concept a lot but especially when [[spoiler:the main character (as well as the viewing audience) is tricked into thinking that he escapes the hotel room and has returned to a normal life before he realizes that it was all a vicious illusion. This arguably comes to an end when he burns the place down and escapes, but there's still the feeling that too could possibly be an illusion.]] Only in the theatrical ending, though. In the director's cut and the other alternate ending, [[spoiler:it's clear he burned the entire room down, though at the cost of his life.life, but what is happening to Olsin (director's cut) or Sam (other ending) is unclear.]]



* UpToEleven: Near the end of the film, you think the room has done its worst to Enslin--tricking him into thinking that [[spoiler:he had actually been out of the room for ''weeks'' before bringing him right back]]. Then it does [[DiedInYourArmsTonight that thing with Katie]], and you can't possibly imagine it doing ''anything'' more horrible than that, as Enslin looks like [[DespairEventHorizon a textbook example of a broken man.]] Then it [[spoiler:rewinds to the beginning and tells him he's going to relive the experience over and over and over until he kills himself...]]\\
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[[spoiler:And then the theatrical release has his wife overhearing their daughter's voice on the tape at the end of the movie, begging to be allowed to stay with her parents, before the room reclaims her.]] Remember this was the ending the studio forced so it wouldn't be such a DownerEnding.

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* UpToEleven: Used shortly before the ending, and with two endings out of three :
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Near the end of the film, end, for all versions, you think the room has done its worst to Enslin--tricking him into thinking that [[spoiler:he had actually been out of the room for ''weeks'' before bringing him right back]]. Then it does [[DiedInYourArmsTonight that thing with Katie]], and you can't possibly imagine it doing ''anything'' more horrible than that, as Enslin looks like [[DespairEventHorizon a textbook example of a broken man.]] Then it [[spoiler:rewinds to the beginning and tells him he's going to relive the experience over and over and over until he kills himself...]]\\
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[[spoiler:And then
himself.]]
** The ending of
the theatrical release has his [[spoiler:his wife overhearing their daughter's voice on the tape at the end of the movie, begging to be allowed to stay with her parents, before the room reclaims her.]] Remember this was the ending the studio forced so it wouldn't be such a DownerEnding.
** Another ending has Oslin, who has seen a lot of the horror the room can do, [[spoiler:hearing the dead daughter's voice as one last proof that he was right.]]
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* AdaptationalAlternateEnding: The [[Literature/FourteenOhEight short story]] ends on a far more cynical note than the movie, with [[spoiler:Mike Enslin setting ''[[ManOnFire himself]]'' on fire rather than the room to escape its horrible influence. He survives with extensive third degree burns, but [[ShellshockedVeteran he lives the rest of his life alone and in fear]]. His tapes are also completely worthless and don't convince anyone of anything. [[ShaggyDogStory Everything indicates that the evil room will simply continue to claim victims despite Mr. Olin's efforts to contain it]].]] The film has multiple endings, both of them different: The theatrical version has [[spoiler:Mike setting the room on fire to destroy it, getting saved by firemen and finding a tape recorder with his dead daughter's voice on it as proof that the room is supernatural.]] The director's cut has [[spoiler:Mike setting the room on fire as well, but [[HeroicSacrifice dying alongside it]]. Instead his wife finds the tape after his death.]]

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* AdaptationalAlternateEnding: The [[Literature/FourteenOhEight short story]] ends on a far more cynical note than the movie, with [[spoiler:Mike Enslin setting ''[[ManOnFire himself]]'' on fire rather than the room to escape its horrible influence. He survives with extensive third degree burns, but [[ShellshockedVeteran he lives the rest of his life alone and in fear]]. His tapes are also completely worthless and don't convince anyone of anything. [[ShaggyDogStory Everything indicates that the evil room will simply continue to claim victims despite Mr. Olin's efforts to contain it]].]] The film has multiple three endings, both none resembling the ending of them different: the book :
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The theatrical version has [[spoiler:Mike setting the room on fire to destroy it, getting saved by firemen and finding a tape recorder with his dead daughter's voice on it as proof that the room is supernatural.]] The director's cut supernatural. He listens to it with his wife just before the movie ends.]]
** A first alternate ending
has [[spoiler:Mike still setting the room on fire as well, but [[HeroicSacrifice dying alongside it]]. Instead his wife finds it]], then Sam reading the manuscript of the book ''1408'' he wrote before the movie ends.]]
** Finally, the director's cut has [[spoiler:Mike also setting the room on fire and also dying, but this time, it's Olsin who listens to
the tape after his death.with the dead daughter's voice.]]
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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Mike tries to [[AirVentEscape escape through the vents]], but the room doesn't like that, so it throws a zombie of Kevin O'Malley (one of 1408's first victims) up there to stop him.
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* LaughingMad: In the movie, Enslin gets a massive case of the giggles [[spoiler:as the room burns around him]].

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* LaughingMad: In the movie, Enslin gets a massive case of the giggles [[spoiler:as the room burns around him]]. Olin also mentions that the maid who was accidentally locked in 1408's bathroom briefly and [[EyeScream gouged her eyes out]] was laughing hysterically when they pulled her out.
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