Wednesday, June 27

1408 (obligatory spoiler alert ... sorta)

Phil and I went to see 1408 the other night. It was a decent-enough flick, carried pretty much by John Cusack and his sheer will to get to the end credits.

It's based on a Stephen King short story that I've never read, but like some of King's other works, it's about a writer and a place with a bad reputation and some spiritual residue, and how those environments can bring out the worst in people — terror, self-doubt, guilt, violence, etc. It was amusing watching Cusack verbally accost the mini-bar, and I got a good wince or two out of the creepy crawly thing in the vent, as well as the dead-daughter-turning-to-ashes bit. Now that's macabre.

I'd like to read the story to see if it's scarier than the film. I still contend that The Shining is the scariest (fiction) book ever written. Okay, maybe not ever written, but at least that I've read. I remember lying in my bed, heart racing during the topiary garden and fire hose scenes, having to put the book down for a while to settle (I was either in middle or high school during my first reading). But I'm open to suggestions of other scary fare. I haven't read a good scary book in a while.

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Blogger mike said...

Can I recommend a movie? Try "A Tale of Two Sisters," available at Midtown Video. It's a ghost story about a death in the family. Very, very tense and disturbing but not bloody or gory. And with a twist that'll blow you mind, too. Korean, but subtitled.

Wed Jun 27, 03:24:00 PM  
Blogger sarah saint said...

I thought 1408 was much scarier in written form, but I enjoyed the movie. Partially because I've always known that John Cusack and I are meant to be together, in some place and time.

And I agree wholeheartedly with your opinion of The Shining.
It's my favorite book ever.

Scary books... I'm always searching for the next really good scary read/movie, myself. Everything's Eventual, the book that 1408 is pulled from, is pretty good if memory serves. I remember there's one story in particular that gave me a goosebump or two, but I can't remember the name. It's about a little boy who goes fishing and basically meets the devil. Creepy.

Wed Jun 27, 03:59:00 PM  
Blogger palm tree said...

Pet Sematery scared the bejesus out of me. I had to stop reading near the end and turn on all the lights. Then I couldn't sleep all night because my eyes kept popping open to make sure nothing was there. And I was in my early 20's living alone downtown.

Wed Jun 27, 10:21:00 PM  
Blogger fearlessvk said...

a totally obvious suggestion, but i thought the exorcist - both the movie and the book - was pretty terrifying. i haven't done much horror fiction reading, unfortunately. i've never liked stephen king as a writer very much and never delved into the genre beyond him, unfortunately... but i did read the exorcist in one sitting and was thoroughly happy that i did!

Thu Jun 28, 12:51:00 AM  
Blogger phallicpen said...

It's the scariest story in that collection. The whole book is good. There's one story about a painting that keeps changing to give a guy a progress report on a maniac coming to kill him. That one's also creepy, but in a bizarre, funzo sorta way.

Thu Jun 28, 12:42:00 PM  
Blogger theogeo said...

Mike, I'll check it out. Thanks!

Fearless, I have never mustered up the courage to read The Exorcist, but I think it might be time. :)

I'm gonna have to check out that SK collection, clearly.

Thanks, y'all!

Thu Jun 28, 02:54:00 PM  
Anonymous john h said...

The Shining is the only book that changed tbe way i saw inanimate objects..the only book that ever frightened me. I've read all of King just about, and I've loved many of his books, but the Shining is the scaring champ.

Thu Jun 28, 10:38:00 PM  

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