I’m not sure what it is, but Stephen King has not had a lot of decent adaptations of his books. I think it is because of all the psychological elements he includes in his stories. They work great on paper, but just seem silly in the cinema. Take “Dreamcatcher” for example. “1408” is the first King story I have seen that is actually translated in to a pretty scary experience. The first half of the film especially freaked me out quite a bit. It works on the nerves and the psyche.
Renowned horror novelist Mike Enslin (John Cusack) believes only in what he can see with his own two eyes. But after a string of best-sellers discrediting paranormal events in the most infamous haunted houses and graveyards around the world, he has no real proof of life–afterlife. But Enslin’s phantom-free run of long and lonely nights is about to change forever when he checks into suite 1408 of the notorious Dolphin Hotel for his latest project, “Ten Nights in Haunted Hotel Rooms.” Defying the warnings of the hotel manager Samuel L. Jackson), the author is the first person in years to stay in the reputedly haunted room. Another best-seller may be imminent, but first he must go from sceptic to true believer–and ultimately survive the night.