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Staff recommendations and reviews from the Plainfield Public Library


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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


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Stephen King’s It

MV5BY2I0ZGI0MzItN2RhZi00ZmQ3LWI5MmUtNWE2MTAxZmY5Njc1XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTQxNzMzNDI@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_With the remake coming out soon, it was necessary to see the original 1990 miniseries based on King’s horror novel about a deranged clown. Compared to the CGI of today, the special effects of 1990’s are laughable, but the story has heart.

In sleepy Derry, Maine a rash of children have been murdered and the cops have no answers. Local librarian Mike, though, has a clue and can’t believe Pennywise, the clown, is back. He reunites his five childhood friends who have all left Derry for bigger and better things and who have not seen one another in over thirty years.

Avoiding school bullies and broken homes, the group bonded that one summer and took down a clown that was terrorizing their small town. It was a particularly upsetting for Bill, who’s brother Georgie was murdered. Now as adults, the group set out to destroy Pennywise once and for all.

The story takes place through present day and flashbacks from their childhood. Although horror at it’s core, It is also a story of the strong bonds we make with our childhood friends. It’s because of this aspect that viewers will be reminded of The Big Chill and Stand By Me and make this miniseries memorable. Rated TV-14


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Ouija: Origin of Evil

ouijaIn this new Ouija horror flick that takes place in the 1960s, single mother Alice Zander is trying to make ends meet by providing seances out of her home. When her teenager daughter sneaks out of the house and plays Ouija at a friend’s, Alice is inspired to add the board to their ruse.

There are rules to the Ouija that need to be followed, and one of these rules is to never play alone. Little sister Doris sees the board and tries it out. She believes she can communicate with their deceased father. But the viewer learns that she may be communicating with a demon that is not her father and is possessing her.

Older sister Lena seeks the help of the priest at their Catholic school. But even he might not be able to save Doris and her family from their fate.

There were a few scenes that make you jump and yes, the Ouija board scares the bejeezus out of me personally, but overall this is a disappointment. My all time favorite is still the super campy 80’s Ouija original, Witchboardstarring Tawny Kitaen.

 


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Security by Gina Wohlsdorf

Manderly Hotel is getting ready for it’s grand opening. It is located in Santa Barbara, California and is a high class hotel that leaves nothing wanting. A select few of the staff are staying over to keep preparing for the opening. Tessa, the manger, is one of the remaining. But she is in for a shock when a man from her past shows up. Not really wanting to deal with him she tries to ignore him.

Brian has come to Manderly to put the past behind him and Tessa and to maybe start a future with her. He joins her as she makes her rounds. But unbeknownst to them, there is a killer loose in the hotel.  As they reconnect, the killer is killing off the staff one by one. When they realize the danger, will it be to late?

I really enjoyed this book. At first I was confused about the narration but then it is revealed who is telling us the story. The only thing I wasn’t sure about is why it was happening. Definitely one I would recommend.


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Knock Knock

knockIn Knock Knock, Keanu Reeves plays, Evan, an architect who is home working while his wife and kids are away for the weekend. It’s pouring rain the night his doorbell rings and two young, beautiful women are asking if he knows where the “Gregory’s” live.

He knows of no such neighbor but the women ask if they can come in to use his phone to look up the address of the party they are supposed to be going to since the cab driver just dropped them off. Evan contacts an Uber for them, who can’t come for 45 minutes. He allows the girls to dry their soaked clothes in the dryer while they wait.

The two women are obviously trying to seduce him, and he eventually relents after much pressure. After a hot tryst, the next morning he finds the women have made a mess of his house and won’t leave. He finally gets them into his car and drops them off outside their supposed house. But the women aren’t satisfied, claim that they were underage and come back to his house to terrorize him.

Interesting premise; terrible delivery! Plus, Keanu’s acting, as pretty as he is, is just comical it’s so horrendous. It was entertaining enough, but not one I would really recommend. Rated R


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The Disappointments Room

roomDana and David and their son, Lucas, are relocating to a small town to start fresh after a tragedy that befalls the family. Once there Dana finds a secret room. Determined to get it open, Dana finally finds the key. What she finds is an empty room. When she goes in, the door shuts and locks her in. After of hours of being in there and having hallucinations, the door opens. She soon discovers it was only minutes that she was locked away. Dana starts to think that she is going a crazy and she just might be. Is it all in her head or are the hallucinations real?

Don’t watch this movie. I have to say it…The Disappointments Room was a disappointment! It wasn’t scary and I didn’t like the story at all. Don’t waste your time. Starring, Kate Beckinsale, Mel Raido, Lucas Till, and Gerald McRaney. Rated R