I wish my name was Cusack

Seriously, my life would be awesome if I was one of them.  I adore Joan and I’ve just come to terms with how much I really like John too.

T1408101I went to see 1408 tonight and really, John Cusack stole the show.  (And when, exactly, did he get hot?)  I’d like to read the Stephen King short story that inspired the film just based on the whole book is better than the movie theory that is generally correct (except in the case of the Bridges of Madison County.)  A little far fetched and just a teensy bit over the top, this was the movie I’ve been looking for for years now.  It genuinely scared me without relying on blood and guts to do it.  Sure, some not so nice shit went down and of course, there were the requisite startle inducing shocking sounds and appearances.  Maybe it brings forth a universal fear of surrendered sanity and that’s what made it so enjoyable.  It also dealt with a lot of pretty strong emotions, a human touch that is usually missing in this genre.  Whatever it was, I haven’t been scared like this since I saw Jacob’s Ladder and that movie had me freaked right out.

Renowned horror novelist Mike Enslin (John Cusack) only believes what he can see with his own two eyes. After a string of bestsellers discrediting paranormal events in the most infamous houses and graveyards around the world, he scoffs at the concept of an afterlife. 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 bestseller may be imminent, but Enslin must go from skeptic to true believer—and ultimately survive the night.

As I mentioned, I’ve been craving a truly scary experience for years.  I compare notes with as many people as possible and yet everything that comes recommended totally flops in my books.  I think 1408 is classic thriller movie making – not the scariest thing I’ve seen, but up there. 

What movie scared you most?

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19 Responses to “I wish my name was Cusack”

  1. dawnmarie Says:

    John Cusack has always been hot. Always.

    I don’t do scary movies.

  2. Grady Says:

    I am now genuinely curious. I love scary movies and loved “Jacob’s Ladder.” If this movie has the same impact I will like it.

    I have always enjoyed John Cusacks comedic movies (High Fidelity is one of my all-time favorites), but I haven’t totally been sold on his other movies. In fact, I thought his last suspense movie (Identity) was pretty bad. Seeing him in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” was also not one of his better accomplishments.

  3. QueenieCarly Says:

    Now I feel the pressure, Grady. I think it was good for what it was. Going into a show like that, I think you have to let a little reality go to really enjoy it. If you can do that, I think you’ll like it. I will say that Jacob’s Ladder was scarier though.

    And yeah, I guess you guys are right about John Cusack. What the hell have I been thinking all along? It’s not that I didn’t like him, I just wasn’t really paying attention.

  4. Lael Says:

    Ok don’t laugh: The Hitcher(the original,mind you)
    and The Watcher in the Woods.

    Thanks for the review!

  5. QueenieCarly Says:

    No laughing here, Lael! The Hitcher WAS scary! I’d forgotten about that one.

  6. Aaron Says:

    1408 was very good, great review Carly. The scariest movie I’ve seen? The Shining. My parents let me rent it/watch it late at night when I was at home alone. That was the the first time I saw it. I was 10!

  7. Erin Says:

    It’s an unfortunate thing that I will not see scary movies – because I LOVE John Cusack! And, he has Always been hot 🙂

  8. Tom Says:

    The Ring
    The Others

  9. kelly Says:

    Based on this, I’ll give it a chance. I’m with you on trying to find a good horror flick.
    As for John Cusack, I don’t think he’s always been hot. He has his good moments and his bad. But only recently has he been having good moments. It must have arrived with age (along with Patrick Dempsey) And I’m a huge fan of the Cusacks too.

  10. Jason Says:

    The scariest movie I saw recently was 28 Weeks Later. I don’t remember being that scared at the first one, but this one had me on the edge of my seat with my heart pumping from about 2 minutes in.

  11. Megs Says:

    Okay, so seriously, have you seen The Secret Window? It has Johnny Depp in it, and it’s super scary in a non blood and guts way.

    And I agree, John Cusack has ALWAYS been hot.

  12. QueenieCarly Says:

    I have seen The Secret Window and I didn’t really it. It thought it was awful. Aaron hasn’t seen it, but we were just talking about it since we watched the movie last night. This one had some of the same kind of undertones as that one, but I thought it was done way better.

    I don’t know this 28 Weeks Later. I’m going to have to check it out.

    And I think I’m with you, Kelly. I’m not willing to call him hot as a rule, but he has potential.

  13. coolbeans Says:

    He’s an accessible kind of non-ugly celebrity. An Every Guy kind of dude. I think that makes him cuter than he is.

    The following movies make me pee my pants a little when I think about them:
    The Shining (the first)
    Stir of Echoes
    Poltergeist

    I loved 28 Days Later. New one is scarier? Awesome.

  14. Ginny Says:

    Scariest movies are: Jaws, The Shining (Jack Nicholson) and Raising Cain. I CANNOT see John Lithgow in anything without thinking he’s incrediby creepy!!!

  15. Courtney Says:

    I heart John Cusack. Which is too bad because I refuse to see scary movies. The last one I got talked into was Secret Window and god… I get so pissed off at them! How dare they scare me! Or something like that. I do love Cusack though, both John and Joan.

  16. Evette Says:

    John Cusack…he’s got his moments…from reading these comments, I need to see more movies! The scariest Movie I’ve ever seen is “Beloved” the one with Oprah Whinfrey…I had nightmares for weeks! Although I have seen the ring and the others and I loved the others, wasn’t scary but had a great twist!

  17. Vegas Princess Says:

    I saw 1408 too and thought it was good, but not one of the scariest I have ever seen. I love horror movies, love being scared, but very few scare me enough to keep me up at nights. One that did was Hostel, but I think more because it was disturbing rather than scary. Resident Evil’s soundtrack still gives me the creeps and if I hear that one specific song I am unnerved. But the one movie that really freaked me out, kept me awake for nights on end was The Ring. I couldn’t sleep with a TV in the room for about a week.

  18. Dex Says:

    I would list SAW as the best gore-movie in the thriller genre to come along in awhile. Not since Nightmare on Elm Street have I been so grossed out. Let’s keep in mind that NOES was a lot scarier in the 80’s as opposed, to say, watching it now.
    However, when the Sixth Sense came out, excellent-I-didn’t-know-what-was-happening-til-the-end type of show.

  19. Renee Says:

    well I HATED Hostel 1 and 2… the most disgusting and graphically gorey movies ever and I hated every moment of them.
    1408 was pretty good, some good turns and twists and not a lot of gore thankfully. Though I have to disagree with the “hotness” factor of Cusack, lol…

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