1408 (2007) is an American psychological horror film, and you are not alone if you watched the movie “1408” and got confused at the ending. The ending was intentionally left ambiguous for us to think about. The Director, Mikael Håfström, has left a few hints to explain how the movie ends. He tells how they cut the end with a different script and describes how they filmed the ending. So, I will break down this film and explain how the film’s climax was changed.
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Was room 1408 actual or a hallucination of Mike?
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Stephen King’s short story and the movie both adopt that the room of Dolphin Hotel 1408 was actual, not a hallucination of Mike.
That means Mike accepted the challenge of living in room 1408 from the postcard. His cassette record was actual too. That’s why in the end, his wife Lily heard their dead daughter’s voice on the tape.
Now some of you may ask: then what was the room? Why was 1408 haunted?
The answer in one sentence is, ‘this is Stephen King’s universe.’ Like his other works, the base origin of 1408 was not revealed in the movie. But it is confirmed that the room is immersed with dark spirits and supernatural powers which can harm people in mental & physical ways.
Who sent Mike the postcard in 1408?
This is another mystery that has remained unsolved for a decade. There was no clear shot or hints that triggered the sender of the podcast. Some fan theory arises that Olin sends the invitation on his own. This is because there was no return address on the envelope.
The most popular fan theory about the postcard sender is that the room sent it itself to lure Mike. Hilarious.
Personally, I don’t give a vote on that.
I think there could be someone who knew about Mike from inside. He (or she) also knew that Mike did not believe in ghosts. So that unknown guy sent him that anonymous letter so that Mike accepted the challenge and had to go to the hotel. That person wanted to punish Mike for his arrogance, I guess. And that’s how the postcard came to him.
Was Mike Survived in the movie 1408 (2007)?
There are several alternative endings to the movie 1408. They all covered Mike’s both conditions.
In the theatrical ending, Mike survives and reconciles with Lily. Later they both hear Katie’s voice coming from the cassette recorder, indicating that though Mike survived, his experience wasn’t false. He met Katie’s spirit.
In another ending of the Director’s cut, Mike died in the fire. Later Lily was driving and checking the recorded cassette when she heard Katie’s voice. Suddenly she noticed Mike’s burned spirit was sitting in the backseat. Lily didn’t panic, and neither did Mike. This indicates Mike didn’t survive. His ghost returned, and Lily accepted it.
There is another way that hints at Mike’s death.
When Mike wanted Olin’s room, he offered a precious drink. The name of the bottle was “Les Cinquant Sept Décès.” It is a French word that means “The Fifty-Seven Deaths.”
During their conversation, it appeared that fifty-six deaths were happening in room 1408. If Mike died, he would be fifty-seventh, which was precisely the bottle’s name. If that is so, I believe Mike’s fortune was written from the very end because it can’t be possible that the death number and the bottle name (which appears in the connected situation of Mike & 1408) were just a director’s faulty coincidence.
13 in the movie 1408
There are several references to the number 13.
- Let’s begin with the movie’s name. 1408 and each number is 1, 4, 0, and 8. The sum of these numbers is 13, i.e., 1+4+0+8=13.
- It was written on the postcard that “Don’t enter 1408!” There is a total of 13 letters.
- The address of the Dolphin Hotel is 2254 Lexington Street. Some of the numbers are 13. 2+2+5+4 = 13.
- Olin says the first death was in 1912. Again, the total number is 13. 1+9+1+2 = 13.
- The room is on the 14th floor of the hotel, but there is no 13th floor. After the 12th floor, they jumped to the 14th floor. So technically, room 1408 is on the 13th floor.
- The room’s key lock number is 6214. Yes, if you sum those numbers, you’ll get 13. 6+2+1+4=13.
- At the movie’s end, when Mike talks with two previous victims of 1408 on the telephone, they say, “this is number 5…” and “this is number 8…”. We get 13 by adding them up.
1408 (2007) Official Synopsis
The film follows Mike Enslin, an author who investigates allegedly haunted houses and rents the titular room 1408 at a New York City hotel. Although skeptical of the paranormal, he is soon trapped in the room where he experiences bizarre events.
1408 (2007) plot story in details (Recap)
In the opening scene, an intense downpour hits the road. A car stops at a lodge. A man gets out and enters soaked. He is Mike Enslin. The man walks up to the front desk and begins chatting with the elderly couple in charge. The couple tells him they’ve been expecting him.
Their conversation quickly reveals that Mike is the author of cheesy horror tour guidebooks. He travels from place to place, staying at allegedly “haunted” places before writing about them in his books.
The couple tries to tell him about the lodge’s history as he talks to them. The story of the lodge’s former servant who hanged herself. The female head of the house lost all five of her children to tuberculosis in the bed where Mike will stay.
However, Mike seems oblivious to these stories. There is nothing he seems to care about about the history of the place, and he feels as if he knows as much as he needs to about it. Like many other times, he wants to study it again in his room.
Mike is later seen in the attic room that’s supposed to be haunted, but it seems completely normal and harmless. He checks things out as time goes on. Even breaks out of the equipment he uses to test for the presence of supernatural forces. The tests are all for nought. There is no supernatural force to be found, so Mike falls asleep.
Strange Girl in Bookstore
In the morning, Mike wakes up and leaves right away. Afterwards, he heads to a small bookstore for a signing he is scheduled to attend. Upon arrival, he sees a stand set up, but no one greets him, and he doesn’t seem to see anyone waiting in line to meet him.
Mike walks up to the counter and explains to the man there that he is there for his book signing. First, it appears the man doesn’t understand what Mike is saying. He shows him a pamphlet announcing the event with his picture. After that, the store clerk remembers. The clerk at the counter announces the event over the store’s loudspeaker to the few customers present. However, most seem uninterested.
Afterwards, we see Mike talking about his various books at the “event,” which four or five people attend. “The 10 Scariest Mansions” and “The 10 Scariest Lighthouses” are a few of his derivative works. As one of the attendees asks, does he believe in ghosts because of his experiences? He says that all this is fantasy and nothing he has encountered in all his travels led him to believe in such things as much as he would like to. Using a sarcastic tone, he tells one of the people that if he wants to see a ghost, he should visit the “Haunted Mansion” in Orlando.
For the handful in attendance, he signs a variety of horror guides. A young girl approaches him and places before him a book written by him called “The Long Road Home.”. Michael is surprised that the girl has a copy of the book. The book is not among his horror works. Anna explains that she was genuinely touched and moved by the book and how it seemed authentic, especially the part about the relationship between a father and son.
“Is it true?” she asks. Mike denies it. Mike’s expression, however, indicates that it is not entirely true. Despite being flattered by her words, he doesn’t want to dwell on this point. He says that period is now over when asked if he will write another book like it.
Following the book event, Mike heads back to his home base in Los Angeles. He then goes surfing at the beach. While Mike is surfing, a plane flies over his head as he emerges from the water. A message banner is attached to the plane. Mike is distracted as he attempts to read it and misses the vast wave heading his way. Eventually, Mike washes up on the beach after being knocked over by the wave.
In the evening, Mike picks up his mail at the post office. Later he is seen at a nearby diner picking his mail up. They are primarily advertisements for more “supposedly” haunted places that the owners want Mike to visit.
A postcard catches Michael’s eye in this collection. The postcard depicts the Dolphin Hotel in New York. A single warning message appears on the back: “DON’T ENTER 1408!”. When Mike examines the number on the card, he sees that it equals 13, so he writes it on the card. “Clever,” he comments.
After that, Mike calls his publisher Sam Farrell in New York. He tells him he plans to finalize his book tour in Room 1408 of the Dolphin. He says it sounds cool but asks Mike if he wants to return to New York after “all that happened.” Although Mike says he is over “that” now, it is clear that he is still profoundly affected by what happened there.
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Afterward, Mike begins to look for newspaper clippings of the incidents involving former occupants of the Dolphin’s infamous room. There is one article in particular about the first victim of the room. One week after the hotel opened, a wealthy businessman mysteriously jumped from the window of the room.
After that, Mike calls the hotel and asks for a reservation. They say fine, but when Mike asks for room 1408, they immediately tell him it isn’t available. Mike says he did not specify a date. As he persists in asking when it will be available, they keep saying it won’t and hang upon him. That seems to be a ploy to Mike.
According to Farrell, Mike cannot legally prevent Farrell from renting the room. They must rent him any available room if it is a hotel, according to the official New York guidelines. Mike says this is great and tells them to reserve the room right away. Mike is asked if he is sure about this, given the room’s incredibly sordid and wicked history. Mike says he isn’t worried and prepares to go to the Dolphin.
The Reservation of the room 1408
The next scene shows Mike arriving at the Dolphin Hotel. This isn’t the creepy, macabre establishment he expects to find and that most places he visits try to be. It seems like an average hotel. The lobby is quite busy when he enters. He approaches the counter and speaks to the woman behind it.
Mike introduces himself to her and tells her he is here to look at Room 1408. When she enters his information on the computer, an alert will immediately notify the manager before allowing Mike Enslin to check in. He is asked to wait.
In a hotel lobby, a bellboy approaches Mike and asks if he can take his bag. He politely declines and walks away. Mike then meets Gerald Olin, the manager of the hotel. Mike is asked to accompany Gerald back to his office. Gerald says he needs to discuss Mike staying in Room 1408. Mike agrees, and they head off.
Gerald tries to explain to Mike why he cannot stay in Room 1408 inside Gerald Olin’s office. As a friendly gesture, he offers Mike a bottle of some expensive Bourbon. Then, he describes the room’s horrifying history and how dozens have committed suicide inside it in various shocking ways.
During this time, Mike interrupted him and continued what Gerald was saying about the entire grizzly history of the room. Gerald smiled and said, “I see you did your homework well.”. However, he tells Mike that he does not know the whole story. Besides the suicides, there have been over 20 “natural” deaths in the room from strokes, heart attacks, and people who appeared to have panicked.
This news seems to startle Mike, but he remains stoic, mainly in the face of it all. Gerald explains that staying in 1408 will allow him to write a nice piece about it and increase the hotel’s occupancy by 50%. Gerald says the hotel usually runs at 90% capacity and doesn’t need Mike to write about it in one of his books.
Gerald tells Mike that the hotel doesn’t want to draw attention to 1408. The hotel is afraid of it claiming more victims. No one has ever stayed in room 1408 and lived, and no one has lasted longer than an hour. Mike is shown a folder with the case files of the room’s myriad victims, and he is told that 56 people have died in total.
Gerald says this is not for publicity or any other reason – he just doesn’t want anyone else to die there. Mike can see the folder and stay in the exact layout of Room 1404 if he agrees not to stay in Room 1408.
The answer is no from Mike.
Gerald throws the folder at Mike and says, “Here!”. Just look at it!”.
Mike examines the folder and examines the photos of the many former occupants as Gerald recounts their stories. Mainly one involving a man who was found stitching his body parts together. Mike is disturbed by this, but he insists on going to 1408.
In response to Gerald, Mike explains that despite all the grizzly tales he has told Gerald, he is adamant about staying in Room 1408. Mike says he has stayed in countless places over the years. He has never been injured.
Gerald relents and takes Mike to get the key to 1408. This old brass key is standard. Gerald tells Mike that, for some reason, no electronic cards work in the room.
As Mike jokes, “What do the Phantoms dislike about modern innovations?”
Gerald says he never mentioned a ghost or phantom to him. As he leans against Mike, he says, “It’s an evil place”.
Is Room 1408 An Ordinary Room at the Dolphin Hotel?
Next, we see Mike and Gerald riding the elevator up to the 14th floor. As haunting as the room is, Mike asks how it is maintained. The hotel staff and Gerald go up to the room once a month for a special visit. Among other things, they change the bulbs and sheets. According to him, they always go in groups, and the door remains open at all times. The room is treated as a biological hazard zone, and he tells Mike.
Nevertheless, he says that once a maid wandered into the bathroom, and the door closed on her as she tried to leave. Gerald says the maid was in the room for a minute. Michael says, “I guess she died”.” Gerald says, “No, she went blind!”. As they pulled her out, he claims she poked her own eyes out laughing.
Mike appears distressed by all Gerald has told him, but when the elevator stops, he gets off. Ultimately, Gerald tells Mike not to go to 1408 and that this is all he can do. Mike keeps going, and the elevator door shuts. He walks down the hallway of the 14th floor.
At first glance, passing maids and hotel guests seem normal. At the same time, something seems strange. As Mike approaches 1408 with his key, he opens the door. Initially, Mike is not impressed. The room looks completely uninspiring. No different from any other modern hotel room. He walks in and shuts the door behind him.
Mike begins to adapt to his new surroundings. Checking out the room, he finds nothing unusual. The room is fully equipped with all the usual amenities of a standard hotel room, including a copy of The Bible. As he lays down on the bed, Mike makes sarcastic remarks on the voice recorder he brought with him about how much of a joke it is that people speak with such fear in this room.
The time passes, and Mike gets up to look out the two windows of 1408. Mike is looking out the window when he hears some strange sounds. Suddenly, Mike finds two chocolates lying on his pillow as he turns around. Mike laughs, thinking this is some clever scare tactic by the hotel staff. He goes into the bathroom and sees the toilet paper has been replaced. It’s great! There’s a ghost here who takes care of me.”
Mike thinks whoever made the changes must still be in the room, but he can’t locate them despite looking everywhere. After that, a series of bizarre but trivial events begin. Noises, flashes, and other strange events seem to be occurring. Yet nothing cannot be explained.
Suddenly, the room starts to heat up. Mike believes the hotel staff is trying to force him out of the room. He complains to the hotel operator. He demands someone come to fix the problem. The hotel operator agrees.
Even though he thinks the hotel staff is trying to oppress him, Mike seems surprised by how easily she complies with his demands.
The mechanic arrives a little later. Mike tries to open the door, but it won’t open. As Mike pulled on it with great force, it finally opened, sending him to the ground. He tells the mechanic to come in and repair the thermostat when he sees him at the door. However, the man refuses, saying there is no way he can enter 1408. Mike wonders how he can fix the temperature. The man says he can walk him through it and needs him to tap a button on the box. After that, the cooling comes back on. After he thanks him, he turns around to look at him, but he has already left, and the door has closed.
The 60-Minute Countdown
As Mike relaxes in his room, the previous strange occurrences intensify. He notices that the clock in the room has started a countdown of 60 minutes. Mike doesn’t mind at first, but as events progress, he becomes more terrified. After a frightening experience in the mirror, he cuts his hand. Suddenly, he panics and calls reception for help. He speaks again to the same woman operator. He is livid at what has happened but has changed the operator. He is mocking and raging. Telling Mike to calm down and stop speaking to her with such a harsh tone of voice. Mike waits for the manager, but the manager never appears.
After hanging up the phone, Mike grabs his belongings and runs for the door. Mike can no longer open the locked door, no matter how hard he pulls and bangs on it. Mike returns to the bed and sees a ghostly spectre of a man (who looks like the same man who committed suicide the first time in the room) emerge from the wall. The ghostly spectre goes towards the window and jumps out.
Suddenly, another ghostly female appears and leaps from the other window. Mike looks out the window. Through a window on the other side of the street, he can see a man sitting in a building across the street. Mike tries to signal the man and screams for help. He looks at Mike and gets up. The man across the street keeps signalling to him, and Mike sees him signalling back, but he realizes that he is just emulating his actions. Mike is confused.
The other man sees him holding the lamp up to his face as he tries to signal him. Seeing the man across the street do the same, Mike realizes the man across the street is him. On the other side of the street, he sees a knife-wielding figure approaching the mirror version of him. When Mike turns around, the exact hideous figure attacks him. It eventually disappears. After picking up the lamp, Mike throws it out of the window toward the ground to see if he can attract the attention of the people and cars below, but as he drops it, the lamp vanishes. He goes back towards the door, but it won’t open.
Having just thrown the lamp’s shade out the window, its shade now sits on the floor beside him. The shade still emits light, despite the lamp not being present.
Is Mike Hallucinating?
Michael has now come to the conclusion that he is hallucinating. Gerald gave him a bottle of Bourbon and one of the chocolates left on his bed that he had eaten. He realizes these could have been used to drug him.
The TV in his room suddenly turns on. A scene from his past appears on the screen. The picture shows him playing with his wife, Lily Enslin and their daughter Katie. While watching this old memory, Mike becomes visibly sad and troubled. The scene on the TV vanishes when he touches it.
Mike hears more commotion from the next room over what he had heard earlier. He hears a baby crying and knocks on the wall asking the woman he assumes must be with the baby for help, but no one answers. Instead, the baby’s crying gets louder and louder, eventually becoming unbearable. Mike throws a chair at the wall, and the noise finally dies.
At this point, he realizes that he must get out of there.
He returns to the window. Mike has been recording his comments on a voice recorder he brought to document his stay in 1408. In preparation for leaving, he comments on the voice recorder. Any passerby who finds the recorder wouldn’t be surprised to learn that he slipped and fell and was injured. It wasn’t the room that drove him to kill himself.
Mike climbed out of the window. He decides to cross over to the window of the next room. Mike wonders how far away it must be as he keeps going further and further away. After looking down the ledge, Mike cannot see any other windows. It’s as if the room is somehow able to change reality both inside and outside.
Upon realizing he cannot continue, Mike returns to the window from which he came, but the ghost of the woman who jumped in front of him startles him as he attempts to get back in. She then jumps again and disappears before she hits the ground as Mike watches her fall.
When Mike finally gets back inside, he continues having delusional fears. Meanwhile, another scene from his past appears to him.
This time, we see Mike and his wife, Lilly, comforting one another about their daughter’s condition in a hospital room next to Mike. He assures her that everything will be okay. Sitting in a hospital bed beside them, Katie can hear what they are saying and is concerned.
Next, the walls begin to bleed. While he says this must all be a nightmare, Mike wonders why he isn’t able to wake up. Mike looks in the window to shake himself out of his dream, but as he does so, the elevation of the room rises dramatically, and he falls back in sheer terror. All of this culminates in the room becoming overwhelmed with paranormal activity, like a whirlwind. He discovers that the room around him has changed physically when he finally recovers from this disorientating experience.
A white covering has now been applied to the windows, preventing him from looking out. A powerful white light now permeates the entire room. The wallpaper in the room has changed to one of the white flowers, and everything else appears to have been altered strangely. The temperature has also dropped significantly.
It’s Time to Escape
Mike notices that another section of the room has become a scene from his past. An older man sits in a chair in what looks like a mental institution. Mike approaches him, and the two begin to talk. The man complains about his presence. Mike realizes that this is his father. Mike’s father smiles and warns him that soon he will suffer the same fate as him. He realizes he must contact someone on the outside.
In the past, he tried his cell phone but could not get a signal. He now uses his laptop’s wireless connection. Somehow, he has managed to connect. Lilly can see him through a video signal he gets through. When she sees Mike, Lilly is shocked and wants to know why he has finally contacted her after all these years. He can’t explain why he contacted her. She must help him, but he can’t explain why he contacted her. He asks her to send the police to his location. He tells her that he is at the Dolphin Hotel in New York. Lilly is surprised to find him back in New York, where she is also. Mike keeps telling her to please send the police to where he is by telling her why he hasn’t been in communication for so long. Mike implores her to do it regardless of why she is confused.
Mike’s laptop’s power is shorted by the sprinkler system, breaking their conversation. Mike is furious and doesn’t know whether his wife even got the message. He looks at the clock again and sees it is still ticking down. Mike realizes that he must flee.
The man approaches the room’s door. On the wall is a floor plan of the 14th floor. He had previously seen an air duct above the room. The ducts might be accessible. Mike climbs up and enters the ducts. Passing through the air ducts of the rooms below, he can see more scenes from his life, including one of his wives holding his child as a baby.
He tries to continue, but suddenly a grotesque-looking older man pursues him. He kept grasping at Mike as the older man crawled after him. The older man’s face is shattered when Mike kicks him. Finally, Mike falls into Room 1408.
The temperature has dropped yet again, and snow has engulfed the room. As Mike returns to the floor plan, it has changed. All that is visible is 1408 and nothing else. Through the keyhole, Mike sees only a wall.
Trying to stay warm, Mike burns the various articles in the room. While doing so, he sees more images from his past. He sees a picture of his wife and sick daughter in the hospital. They are telling Katie everything will be okay, and she doesn’t have to worry about dying. He does his best to keep her spirits up, but his real fears and doubts are apparent.
Last but not least, we see Mike and Lilly at home, bereaved and grieving over the death of their daughter. Mike is angry at his wife for feeling that she “Filled Katie’s head with fantasies of a heaven instead of willing her to fight!”. His faith is gone, and he is filled with despair. He then sees a vision in the wall.
Gerald Olin is back in his office. He begins talking to Mike. Gerald says Mike had every opportunity to pass on staying in 1408, and Mike is furious at him. Throughout the years, he reminds Mike that he should not have been so sceptical and doubtful of paranormal activity and ghosts in his books and appearances. It is for this reason that people believe in this sort of thing. There is a glimmer of hope that life goes on beyond death. Mike reaches for Gerald to hitch, but he punches a wall.
Finally, Mike is ready to give up when his wife contacts him again on his laptop. She asks him if she sent the police to 1408. He runs over to it and tells her she did. She says the police were in 1408, and it is empty.
It is now clear to Mike how powerful 1408 is. His room has now transported him into a different dimension than the one he is currently in. Trying to tell his wife he will die, Mike tells her he is done for. Mike’s wife says he is crazy and that she will go down there to him. Then he pleads with her not to do this, but he suddenly realizes she isn’t listening to him.
After that, Mike’s laptop appears with a new window. Now the video shows him. In the new image of Mike, he tells his wife to come down to 1408 and please join him. To no avail, Mike begins screaming at the video of his wife on the laptop. All she hears is the impostor’s words. After she logs off, the false Mike smiles and winks at the honest Mike. Mike now understands it’s not just his life at risk. His rage is overwhelming.
The room is filled with paranormal activity. Even the pictures on the wall appear to come alive. Water starts pouring into the room from a picture depicting a ship in a violent storm.
The room soon disappears, and Mike is trapped underwater. Above him, he sees the light coming from the surface. After swimming towards it, Mike realizes he was no longer in 1408. Now he’s at the beach he was at at the beginning of the film. As he looks up, he can see the plane from earlier flying overhead, and this time, the message on it says to call XXX-1408 to get great life insurance. After washing up on the beach, Mike eventually finds himself back on the beach where he washed up before.
Then, Mike goes to a hospital in Los Angeles. His wife, Lilly, is seated next to him. He asks her if he is in NY, but she tells him he is in LA and has never been to NY. He tells his wife he dreamed of staying in Room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel in NY. She responds that she’s never heard of it.
We see Mike and his wife in a restaurant, and his wife tells him that the dream must have been a metaphor he concocted based on the events in his life. Mike looks calm, but he spots a waitress who looks exactly like the ghost from 1408. Mike was flustered, but then he looked over and realized it was not her. His wife suggests he write about the experience.
Mike continues to research the same stories, but the stories are different this time, and the victims are not related and did not die in 1408. After that, we see Mike writing about his experience of 1408 and how it was a nightmare he had built in his mind.
After completing the 1408 story, Mike mails the manuscript to NY. He notices that the man at the counter is not the usual guy at the counter. It’s the bellboy from the Dolphin he met earlier. Turning around, Mike sees some men working on the wall behind him. They are also from the Dolphin hotel.
They all break down the walls of the post office, and Room 1408 appears behind them. Suddenly, Mike realizes that this nightmare is going to continue.
The Last Minute at 1408
Mike was back in 1408, but he can’t believe it. He stares at the clock. It is still running down. Eventually, Mike’s daughter appears in front of him. However, Mike doesn’t believe that this is her. Katie asks Mike, “Don’t you love me anymore?”
He kneels and grabs Katie in his arms. He tells her he loves her and that they will be together forever. Suddenly, Mike feels Katie’s body go limp. Katie lies dead in his arms when he looks at her. Mike begins to weep uncontrollably and falls to the ground. “You can’t take her from me twice,” he explains. Her body crumbles into dust before him.
The room begins to shake and flash violently. While watching the clock, Mike watches the last few minutes of the hour pass.
Mike returns to Room 1408 after the meeting is over. The clock has reset and has begun counting down from 60 minutes.
As we see Mike sitting in a chair, he answers a ringing telephone. He picks it up and asks, “Why don’t you just kill me?”. We then hear the same annoying and rude woman hotel operator from before, “because all our guests enjoy free will, sir!”. She tells him, “You can repeat this hour over and over forever or take advantage of our express checkout!”.
When Mike looked over, he saw a noose dangling above the bed. After that, the operator says, “Your wife will be here soon, and I’ll send her up as soon as possible.” Please remember that there is no escape.” Meanwhile, Mike tells the operator that she won’t be in the room. Then he says that if he goes down, he will ensure that Room 1408 is there too.
Mike now has an entire bottle of Bourbon that he picked up earlier that is tied with a string once again. Using the string as a Molotov cocktail, he throws it at the wall. In an instant, the room is engulfed in flames.
Some distance away, Lilly, Mike’s wife, is in a cab near The Dolphin. She wonders what’s happening at the hotel since something is not correct. She jumps out of the cab and runs to the hotel, where she sees the fire. Everyone is heading for the streets. Lilly begs the firefighters for help on behalf of her husband.
The Final Scene
At the same time, we see Mike back in 1408 smiling and laughing, knowing that he has beaten the room, even if it means death. He crawls under a table with flames engulfing the room around him. Mike thinks he’s done, but the fireman breaks through the door and pulls him out. In the hallway outside the room, Mike tells them not to go in because it’s cursed. He is ignored, figuring he is delirious from the trauma. Gerald returns to his office after being dragged out by a fireman and comments, “Well done, Mr Enslin.”
Mike awakens in a hospital to find Lilly at his side again. Mike explains to her what happened and why everything he has written about and dismissed all these years is true. Mike’s wife is sceptical, believing that he is delusional after all that has happened.
Eventually, we see Mike and Lily together again in their home. Mike is going through some old boxes. Lilly finds Mike’s belongings that he brought back from the Dolphin Hotel. Lilly believes it should be thrown out since it stinks and brings back bad memories. “Bad memories are not to be forgotten; they are meant to be lived with,” he tells her. Even though Lilly is still doubtful of the 1408 haunting, she realizes Mike is ready to move on from the death of his daughter.
The things contain a recorder that Mike occasionally used to comment on the events in the room in 1408. Mike realizes he left the recorder on for longer than he initially thought. He fast-forwards to the end of the tape. Mike is listening to Lilly as she talks to her father.
Suddenly, they hear Katie’s voice. Lilly and Mike are both bewildered as they realize 1408 is accurate.
The movie ends here.
Original Title: 1408
Genre: Psychological horror
Runtime: 1hr 44min
Original Language: English
Directed by Mikael Håfström
Screenplay by Matt Greenberg, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Origin Story: 1408 (short story) by Stephen King
Tagline: The Dolphin Hotel invites you to stay in any of its stunning rooms. Except one.
Release date: June 22, 2007 (USA)
Origin Country: United States