1408
2007, The Weinstein Company, 104 min, USA, Dir: Mikael Håfström

Based on a Stephen King short story, this hit horror thriller stars John Cusack as a writer who specializes in debunking accounts of the paranormal. When he gets an anonymous tip that Room 1408 in New York City’s Dolphin hotel is haunted, he insists on checking in - despite hotel manager Samuel L. Jackson’s warning that he may not live to check out. With Mary McCormack and Tony Shalhoub.


BETTER OFF DEAD
1985, Warner Bros., 97 min, USA, Dir: Savage Steve Holland

“Savage” Steve Holland's directorial debut is an inventive, hilarious comedy that features the first noteworthy performance by a then-unknown John Cusack. Cusack plays Lane Meyer, a teenager who becomes despondent when his girlfriend dumps him for a jock. Convinced he has nothing to lose, he embarks on a suicidal ski run. Also features Diane Franklin, Curtis Armstrong and Aaron Dozier. “Genuinely funny, surprisingly cohesive, and more quotable than the Bible.” - Keith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly.


THE GRIFTERS
1990, Miramax, 110 min, USA, Dir: Stephen Frears

After a small-time scam backfires, Roy Dillon (John Cusack) is hospitalized, bringing his estranged mother Lilly (Anjelica Huston) back into his life. When she tries to turn him away from girlfriend Myra (Annette Bening), Roy finds himself caught between con artists whose talent for deception far outstrips his own. Adapted from the Jim Thompson novel, this suspenseful neo-noir earned Oscar nominations for Frears, Huston, Bening and screenwriter Donald E. Westlake.


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