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Staff recommendations and reviews from the Plainfield Public Library


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Bloodrunners

It takes so many people to make a movie and that’s what surprises me most about Bloodrunners, that no one said “this movie is bad and we should not make it”. However, it was still made and I watched the whole thing. The story takes place during prohibition and involves a crooked police department that shakes down local bars for bribe money. Things go awry when a new bar owned by ICE-T (aww yeah) pays the bribe but continues to run booze without the cops knowing. This leads to a standoff at which point we discover they’re not running booze but BLOOD! That’s right, ICE-T is also a vampire. Now the crooked cops have to fight the vamps and choose a “cathouse” for a base of operations. There’s also convoluted back story involving vamps in WWI, one of the cops got the local madame preggers before going to the war, and a gay man runs the entire operation as a front because a black man in charge would’ve been too crazy for the 30’s but apparently a gay man was totally fine??

My final take? I friggin’ loved this movie. It was so laughably terrible that it came back around to being good again. There was so much dialogue and exposition that I’m sure every rule of film school was broken. 4/5 stars.

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman

As Mallory and her two small children make their way down river in a boat, we soon see that something’s off. Something is following them, but we’re not sure what. Animal? Human? Supernatural being? We don’t know, and Mallory and the kids don’t know because they’re not going to take their blindfolds off to find out. That’s right, blindfolds. Because everyone still left alive in this post-apocalyptic world wears them. Because if they see what’s following them, they will die. And it will not be pretty.

If that wasn’t tense enough, the story goes back and forth through time, explaining the events that led to these moments in the boat, and how a pregnant Mallory ended up living in a house full of strangers when the world fell apart. If you’re a horror fan, or if you just like a good scare once in awhile, put this on your TBR list ASAP. I loved this one, and I can’t wait to read more from this author.


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Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

After the brutal murder of their father in a home invasion, the Locke family moves across the country to his family home in Lovecraft, Maine. As the family settles in, odd things begin happening in Key House. Nina is wrapped up in her grief after her husband’s death, and doesn’t take much notice of the strange happenings around her. Teens Tyler and Kinsey just aren’t paying much attention to their little brother as Bode discovers the magical keys to the house and what they can do. As they soon find out though, there’s a demon who wants the keys, and he’ll stop at nothing to get them.

If you’re looking for the perfect October read, this 6 volume series, plus the 2 prequel volumes, is just the ticket. It’s got the perfect blend of magic, horror, and adventure. Plus Joe has built some really great characters – maybe he took some lessons from mom & dad (Tabitha & Stephen King)? The artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez sets just the perfect tone, and I really hope that Mr. Hill & Mr. Rodriguez will collaborate on other projects. This series is in development for TV by Hulu, and will feature Danny Glover and Nate Corddry.

 


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Life

A group of scientists are on a mission to find life on Mars. They have the sample and are headed back to Earth. As they begin to study it, the sample starts to evolve. They have discovered life on Mars. As they continue to watch it grow, something goes wrong in the lab and it gets out. Soon it is killing the crew off one by one and getting bigger and bigger. With only a few crew members left alive, will they be able to survive and destroy it or will it make it to Earth and destroy us?

I really liked this movie. I didn’t know what was going to happen and the ending totally tricks you. But if you are watching this for Ryan Reynolds, be warned he isn’t in it that much. Starring, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson. Rated R


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The Belko Experiment

It is just another day at the Belko Company, an American business located in Bogota, Columbia. As they go about their day a voice comes over the building’s intercom saying they had half an hour to kill two people. Everyone is confused and thinking it is a joke. Until the building goes into lock down and no one can leave. When the half hour is up and no one has been killed, everyone is relieved. Until the heads start exploding. Now it is a kill or be killed situation. Will anyone survive or will this experiment kill them all?

I really liked this movie. I didn’t know who was going to turn into a killer and who was going to try and keep their humanity. I definitely recommend this one. Starring, John Gallagher, Jr., Tony Goldwyn, John C. McGinley, Sean Gunn, and Michael Rooker.  Rated R


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Split

I watch quite a bit of horror and thriller flicks and most disappoint, but Split is a standout guaranteed to give you the creeps. This comes as no surprise since it was written by The Sixth Sense’s acclaimed director and creator, M. Night Shyamalan.

James McAvoy plays Kevin, a man with dissociative identity disorder (aka split/multiple personality disorder) who sees psychiatrist Dr. Fletcher.  She believes that her patients are extraordinary in that the different personalities can change the body’s chemistry, where one personality might have diabetes and the others don’t.

Unbeknownst to Fletcher, the controlling personality of Dennis, who possesses dark and immoral tendencies, has abducted three young women in a parking lot and are holding them captive down in the maintenance area where he works.

As the girls try to escape, they are confronted with Kevin’s other personas: Hedwig, a nine-year old boy, Miss Patricia and others. Unlike the other girls, Casey comes from an abusive past and tries to befriend Hedwig in hopes he will help convince the “others” to let them free. Unfortunately, the stronger personalities seem to be in control and have other plans for the girls.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so just watch Shyamalan’s latest, which will keep you on the edge of your seat. You’ll realize that the darkness of the mind is far scarier than any kind of supernatural element. Rated PG-13


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Rings

Typically horror sequels and the subsequent movies aren’t very good, and Rings proves my point.

When Julia’s texts and phones from her boyfriend Holt, who has just started college, go unanswered, she drives to his school to find out whats going on. Holt is part of an experiment headed up by one of his professors (played by The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki), who had found an old VCR with the “ring” video at a flea market.

If you watch the video, which features a creepy girl crawling out of a well, you receive a phone call that you will die in 7 days. The only way to escape death is to copy the video and have someone else watch it. Only then you are safe, but then the person who watched it is confronted with the same problem. To save Holt, Julia watches the video. Not wanting to give a death sentence to the next guy, Julia and Holt begin researching the origins of the video.

This movie was the worst! It was not scary at all, and it was so boring that midway through, I had to fast forward to the end.  Also, if you didn’t enjoy watching Naomi Watts’ character from the first The Ring (2002) coughing up hair, you won’t want to see it again in this one either. Rated PG-13