You don’t have to look far to find a new Stephen King adaptation, with literally dozens of works by the prolific author in development for film or television. Given the quantity on offer, it’s easy to overlook those who bring a lot of quality to the table, with 1408 not being brought up often enough when discussing high-level King translations.
Mikael Håfström’s psychological cooler was a big hit at the time having earned $133 million at the box office on a $25 million budget, while a Rotten Tomatoes score of 79% makes it very clear that critics were impressed, but it has strayed from the vanguard of the The King of Conversation page to screen over the past 15 years.
Until this week, anyway, now that the acclaimed bedroom play has managed to crack Netflix’s Top 10 in the UK and Ireland by FlixPatrol, securing itself a place in the world’s most-watched charts. Thanks to a pair of powerful turns from John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, subscribers found themselves captivated by the strange happenings.
The high-flying author from Cusack makes a living debunking the supernatural, with his latest mission taking him to the mysterious Dolphin Hotel. Jackson’s manager offers the kind of ominous warnings that people really shouldn’t ignore at this point, but they’re being ignored. Sure enough, spending the night in a titular haunted room doesn’t go the way skeptic Mike Enslin thinks it would, with plenty of twists, turns, and jumps along the way.