Numerical Element (1408)
10. This scene was not particularly scary as it uses only classic horror scare factors such as ghosts. Here, we can see the apparition of the former victims of the devil, as they show to the new occupant of the said room, how they died.
The dramatic element in the film is seen when the protagonist encounters the apparition of his daughter and father. There is a moment of reconciliation with his father and a moment of acceptance regarding the death of his daughter. As he encounters the ghost of his relatives he felt a sense of longing, wanting to savor all the moments.
Overall, despite of the slow-building story of this film and some misleading scary scenes which were open to several different ways of interpretation, I would rate this film- 7/10.
There were two alternate endings to this film: one ending was when the protagonist somehow survives the incident of the burning hotel. He later discovers an item recovered from the fire scene, a mini cassette tape recorder that had recorded all the previous conversations he had with his ghost daughter. As he plays the cassette aloud, his wife, Lily Enslin (Mary McCormack) hears it, proving that the entire paranormal event which happened in that room (1408) was not an illusion. The other alternate ending suggested that the protagonist, as well as the hotel manager, didn't live through the fire. The eerie part in this ending was when Mike Enslin’s manager, Sam Farrell (Tony Shalhoub) receives manuscript from Enslin himself on the day the fire incident occurred, a manuscript which contained a complete record of all the protagonist’s paranormal experiences.