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1408 English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Sep 19 2007

Themes: Pop Culture


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Sometimes it’s fun to wonder about the people who used to live where you live or who used to work where you work, especially if you live or work in a really old building.

But what if those people are…in a sense…still there?

What if they’re haunting the building?

Marni and Kevin are walking along when they find an abandoned building. It reminds Marni of a scary movie she recently saw…

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Kevin:  Hey, what’s this here?

Marni:  I think it’s an abandoned restaurant.

Kevin:  It’s kinda creepy.

Marni:  It is kinda creepy! Old abandoned buildings always creep me out.

Kevin:  Yeah…oh…

Marni:  You know what this reminds me of…Have you seen that movie 1408?

Kevin:  No, but I’ve heard about it…Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, right?

Marni:  It’s a Stephen King story.

Kevin:  Oh, creepy.

Marni:  So it is…it’s scary. It’s about this abandoned, sort of, hotel room. The hotel itself isn’t abandoned, but the room is legend to be haunted. You don’t go in 1408…

Kevin:  Because what happened there?

Marni:  Just countless people have died in there, so they don’t allow guests to stay there anymore. And uh, it’s scary. It works. I liked it. I wasn’t sure, you know I like Stephen King, I’m a big fan, but sometimes…John Cusack, I wasn’t sure if he could pull off a horror film.

Kevin:  That’s what I think is so surprising.

Marni:  He does a really good job. It’s creepy. It’s definitely worth seeing.

Kevin:  Okay, cool. I’ll have to check it out.

Marni:  We should check this building.

Kevin:  Sounds good, let’s go.



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Marni and Kevin agree that abandoned buildings creep them out when they find an abandoned old restaurant. Marni starts telling Kevin about a movie she saw called 1408.

The movie is based on a story by famous horror writer Stephen King. It’s about a hotel with a room in which people tend to die. The hotel doesn’t let people stay in room 1408 anymore.

1408 stars John Cusack, an actor who is best known for funny films like High Fidelity. Kevin is surprised that he would do well in a scary movie, but Marni says he does a great job.

Kevin says he’ll have to go see the movie…but only after he and Marni explore the abandoned restaurant.

Have you ever been anywhere you thought was haunted? Do you like to explore scary places?



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horror or scary movies are not enouf for me to creep me out.it is maybe ı do not belieeve in ghosts or haunted houses.they are only legends like huge dragons,aliens,magic or something else.

but sometimes some of them can be interesting.but they are not real thay can be classified as fiction films.

i like the comic versions of horror films such as scary movie1-2:)


09:39 AM Sep 19 2007 |



I don't really like watching horror movies because they creep me out and they keep me up all night. I am a fan of Stephen King's earlier stories, though. I enjoyed his "Skeleton Crew." I think not too many know that Stephen King wrote a short story called "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" which became the beautiful film called "The Shawshank Redemption." 

09:23 AM Sep 19 2007 |



Somaliland, I think your expression “they are CREEPY YOU OUT” is incorrect. As I comprehended the lesson, it should be “they are creepy, or they creep you out”

08:35 AM Sep 19 2007 |




I have never watch this film "1408", but it seems very terrifying. I like to wacht such films becouse they are CREEPY YOU OUT

06:17 AM Sep 19 2007 |




it is scary if you watch it by yourself in the night…

06:05 AM Sep 19 2007 |




i did not watch this film which called “1408”, but it seems very Terrifying film,and i like to watch such films
becouse they make you some frighting feeling that you my not face on earth

05:48 AM Sep 19 2007 |




it is a good movie, i like the ending.

05:31 AM Sep 19 2007 |




Great,maybe I need find time to watch the "1408" fim.

05:26 AM Sep 19 2007 |

Saint chen

Saint chen


sound good


04:33 AM Sep 19 2007 |



Viet Nam

Stephen King is an American author of over 50 bestselling about horror stories.

"Room 1408" is one of classic horror stories of him.

The story tells about adventure itinerary of guy in unfathomable room.

John Cusack's acting fills feeling that has made resouding success of the film.

03:45 AM Sep 19 2007 |

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