Mind Trap is an action packed and humorous sci-fi thriller about a young boy named Rudy and his mentor, Mr. Kloom. Rudy is a boy with a special gift. The only problem is -he doesn’t know how to control it. There are other’s that share the same gift and aren’t as innocent as he is. They are greedy and will stop at nothing to destroy each other in order to harness more power for themselves. Mr. Kloom serves as mentor and protector, a man with the same gift who drifts through life as a toilet paper salesman and pill popping drunk. Mr. Kloom adds to the hilarity of the story just when you’d imagine there’d be no room for laughter. I really enjoyed this story and can’t wait for a sequel. It’s an impressive first novel that was imagined and written over the course of one summer. Here’s hoping J.R. Brule has many more boring summers to bring us a series of adventures for Rudy and Mr. Kloom. I am suggesting that you pick this up if you like science fiction and need something fun to read this summer.
In Killers you’ll be met with a kick to the face with the introduction of one of our main characters Nomura, a classy, charming, intelligent, and affluent Japanese business man. The film begins with a look at one of Nomura’s murder victims. You see her strapped to a chair in a room with a sophisticated setup of cameras and video recording equipment. She has a plastic bag taped over her head. She’s sobbing and shaking with panic and fear. Nomura’s wearing a white mask to hide his identity from his recordings while with sarcasm tries to calm his victim down. He turns around and walks towards a table which holds an array of his killing tools of choice, and decides on the hammer. He walks back to his victim and gives her a blow to the head leaving her shaking and in shock. Blood starts pouring down her face when Nomura strikes another fatal blow and the cameras catch his killing ritual from the beginning to his victims last breath.
Nomura is meticulous in cleaning up and uploading his video to a dark web site where members share videos of their killings. This leads us to Bayu, a struggling journalist in Indonesia who shares custody of his daughter with his estranged wife. We learn that he unsuccessfully tried to investigate and expose a corrupt politician named Mr. Dharma. He is eventually drawn and introduced to Nomura through videos he’s watched on the same dark web site that Nomura is a member of. Bayu gets attacked one night by two men in a taxi cab, but manages to kill them both and catch it on camera. He decides to upload it to the site, and Nomura contacts him. This begins their relationship and Nomura’s grooming of Bayu in the joys of killing and keeping discreet.
Nomura and Bayu communicate and share their videos, but we quickly start to realize that Nomura is the killer with no remorse or conscience for that matter. Bayu is the type who tries to kill and stop only the corrupt. Nomura is the more experienced killer who has an extensive history of violence. Bayu is inexperienced, sloppy, and still manages to hold on to his humanity. He is a family man who wants to try to reunite his family. Nomura has no family and lives in a fog of loneliness. I thoroughly enjoyed the Killers film and the juxtaposition of the two main characters. I liked the writing and the way the story flows and weaves the characters lives together. There is much gore so those sensitive to limbs being ripped off torsos, and violence against women may want to pass. Over all, this was a good one for foreign horror lovers and I’ll be looking out for more films from the Mo Brothers.
Who drinks Kentucky bourbon, eats liquor donuts, and shags 200 year old women while solving town crimes? That’s right baby the Wolf Cop! I loved this movie, it has all the elements that make up a great cult film. Cheesy love making scenes, hilarious one liners, and a wolf cop that drives an actual tricked out wolf-mobile. Leo Fafard stars as Lou, a small town lazy alcoholic cop who gets cursed while investigating the murder of a politician which happened to take place in the woods. While searching through the woods one night he gets knocked out by a cloaked stranger and wakes up in his own bed in the morning only to find a large pentagram carved into his stomach. He has no recollection of what happened the previous night and continues to try investigating the murder. As days go by he notices little changes within himself like his heightened sense of smell, and his hair which grows back immediately after shaving. He hasn’t a clue as to what the hell is happening to him, who did this, or why. His full transformation into a werewolf is great because the filmmakers didn’t rely on CGI, and went back to the days where make-up, costumes, and puppets where used.
As a werewolf, he starts cleaning up his town by cracking down on meth labs and shaking up the neighborhood punks. He also drinks a ton of liquor because it actually makes him stronger. He rips the faces off of hardened criminals and handles machine guns like a pro. I don’t want to spoil it for those who really want to see it, but I laughed so hard at Leo Fafard’s performance. He did a great job at portraying both the pathetic, dismal, sorry excuse for law enforcement and the strong, quick witted, crime fighting werewolf who saves the day. I think those who appreciate the cult films of the 80’s would really have fun getting into this film.
I really liked the first Monsters film. This looks like it could be a good sequel. What do you think?