Horror Movie Reviews – 1408 And More

Reviews of some horror movies I’ve watched.


Skeptic John Cusack decides to stay in haunted room 1408 at a New York hotel. A decision he soon regrets. Stephen King’s stories are usually great in print, but awful as films. This is an exception. Leave the logic at the door and check into this surreal nightmare. It’s thrilling. Grade: 4 out of 5


Asian horror/drama that focuses more on the scientific (or sci-fi) explanation of ghosts. Scientists unravel the mystery behind a ghost boy they study. Slow pace and bad special effects. The story is somewhat touching and beautiful, but not very scary. Grade: 2 out of 5

Planet Terror

Director Robert Rodriguez delivers fast paced, over the top, horror action when a bio-weapon is released – turning people into zombie-like creatures. The first 30 minutes are good with some tense scenes, but then the movie gets way out of hand and it’s more giggles than shivers. It’s a fun ride though with plenty of gore. But ultimately this movie is a bit too cool for its own good. Grade: 3 out of 5

Red Shoes

Asian horror about a cursed pair of shoes that make people’s personalities change in a bad way, just like the ring did in “Lord of the Rings.”
This movie is stylish, beautiful, and confusing. I’m not even sure I fully understood the ending. Grade: 2 out of 5

Black Christmas

Remake of the 1974 slasher. A crazy killer returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve to terrorize a bunch of sorority girls There’s a bizarre tone in this movie, I just can’t take it seriously. But slasher fans will get some gore and at least a couple of suspenseful scenes. Grade: 3 out of 5


I had such high hopes for this Asian ghost horror. The trailer looked great. A girl in an apartment building spies on her neighbors. She tries to figure out why they’re committing suicide. The first 20 minutes are intriguing, but then the movie loses steam. And long haired ghosts cloned from “The Ring” don’t scare me anymore. Grade: 2 out of 5

An American Haunting

A disappointing historical tale about the Bell family being cursed by a witch. Definitely non-scary. When the surprise revelation comes at the end – it’s too late – we’re already bored to death with the other 85 minutes. Grade: 1 out of 5

Henrik Holmberg writes horror scripts for indie filmmakers. Check out his website: http://www.horror-scripts.com

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