Friday The 13th Must Watch Movies

Friday the 13th is quickly approaching at the best possible time. It’s the scary season, and maybe you need some different movies to itch that slasher scratch. Through the Moraine Valley Library, you can access a wide array of horror movies completely free of charge!  

Celebrate your Friday the 13th right from the campy to the mind bending with these titles.  

With any media, especially horror, please exercise caution. There are websites to see if movies have any content specifically upsetting to you. 


[Alt text: The word “Hellraiser” is on the top of a blue background. A human figure sits under the title with pins in its face and a complex black outfit with an expression of contempt. The figure is also holding a box.]  

We are starting off STRONG. This 80’s titan of a classic is the perfect watch if you want bone chilling terror. Beloved in the horror community, we follow a mother with a dark past and a daughter trying to make sense of the horror residing in her new home. This is a film where if you can look past the bright red blood, there are a million different interpretations in the puzzle unraveling before you. If you are a fan of the supernatural and gross, this will be the movie for you.  

Willy’s Wonderland

[Alt text: A figure with a cautious expression stands in the center of a warm background. The words “Willy’s Wonderland” in the center. The bottom of the image features various worn-down animatronics.] 

This is a movie you watch because you hear “FNAF” and “Nick Cage” in the same sentence. Heavily inspired by the iconic horror game Five Nights at Freddy’s, this will tide you over with laughs as you wait for the official film. Nick Cage acts in a stoic silent roll, letting the editing and body language carry the comedy. The side plot is hit or miss, but at worst it adds great fuel to the head scratching happenings in this unassuming children’s restaurant. It’s a campy movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously.  

Black Christmas

[Alt text: Text saying, “If this movie doesn’t make your skin crawl… it’s on too tight!” written across the top of the poster. A wreath frames a woman sitting in a chair being suffocated by plastic. The words “Black Christmas” written on the bow.] 

This may be contradictory to the Halloween season at first, however this is a movie perfect for any vague cold weather. This is the movie where all your favorite slasher tropes are born, even being a strong influence for the original Halloween! Set during winter break in a sorority, sisters staying behind survive the intruder residing in the attic. The visuals are truly 70’s and the acting is too. This oldie really is a goodie.  


[Alt text: The text “Suspiria” is sprawled across the top of a poster. A woman with a terrified expression holds a long poker. A colorful peacock statue right behind her.] 

 If there is any movie you should without a doubt watch, let it be this. Suspiria is a beautiful film about Suzy Bannion’s surreal experience going to a dance academy away from all that is familiar. Tragedy struck the day before her arrival and the school is not all that it seems, with impossible hallways and oddities alike. This colorful and experimental film will take your breath away with bright colors, mind bending architecture, and terror that will leave you inspired and mortified. 

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Read Werewolf By Night: The Complete Collection Before the Marvel Special

Werewolf By Night: The Complete Collection Vol. 1 (Source: Hoopla)

What is Marvel’s Stage Four, “Werewolf by Night” all about? What we do know is that it is Marvel’s first-ever Halloween special is based on stories released years ago. If you want a sneak peek into all the hidden references, inside jokes, or clues in the series, read all three volumes of Werewolf By Night on Hoopla.

Click here to access all three volumes.

Click here to view the Werewolf By Night preview

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The Book was Better

A Game of Thrones, The Wheel of Time, and The Lord of the Rings are some book-to-movie options that are available through MVCC’s library. images are taken from MVCC’s library catalog.

The release of House of the Dragon is one more entry in a line of television series that are based off of bestselling fantasy novels. These shows bring out the best of these novels, but like many other shows that are based off of a book, some important themes and elements are lost in translation. Reading the books are essential to become fully immersed in the lore and life of a fantasy series! Pictured above are some of the most popular shows that are based on beloved and bestselling book series. Come into the Moraine Valley library today and discover what your favorite television series is based on!

Click here for more information about these books and movies. If you want to check out what we have available in our current collection, click here.

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AAPI Heritage Month Isn’t Over!

May is AAPI Heritage Month, celebrating the cultural and historic contributions made by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the US. This curated list highlights just a few of the thousands of books and ebooks available that are authored by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that can be found physically in the MVCC Library or digitally through one of our databases. Check out the list by clicking on the image below!

AAPI Heritage Month

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My Money Doesn’t Jiggle, Jiggle, it Folds With the Value Line Database

I have to do my research, it’s all on me
It’s all about investment, it’s all on me
We’ve got this awesome database, it’s all you need
Visit the librarians its all you need
With Value Line, your money doesn’t jiggle, jiggle, it folds
We want to see you research, for sure
It makes it makes really happy, you know
Riding out the semester
You don’t want it to fester
With only four weeks left, its so compact
Heading to the library, I can always go back
With Value Line and the library I can relax
In my mind, I’m feeling fine
With the library I’m never behind
And I’m taking my time

Click the link and select Value Line to access great investment research information

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Rays & Reading

With picnic weather coming into fruition, and the urge to go outside and sit in the sun like a flower blossoms, here are some recommendations to keep you company.  

Cover Photo : Killer plants: growing and caring for flytraps, pitcher plants, and other deadly flora by Molly Williams; illustrated by Marisol Ortega 

When on a picnic it’s nice to know the life you are surrounded by, and if it’s capable of destruction. This fun read will keep you turning pages with a beautiful illustration style and fun fauna facts! With advice on how to care for your own plants, or what may fit your lifestyle, this is a must read for the summer. Who knows, this book might just be the line between you being a friend or foe to the plants.  

Check It Out Here!  

Cover Photo : The hello kitty baking book: recipes for cookies, cupcakes, and more by Michele Chen Chock 

Having a picnic with no sweets feels like reading a book with blank pages. Plus, who doesn’t want some cute snacks while they read? This cookbook is on all things toothachingly adorable. From macaroons to cookies, these recipes of different skillsets will be tons of fun to make with your friends or even to treat yourself. Why wait? Turn your favorite Sanrio character into a cake pop today! 

Check It Out Here! 

Cover Photo : Kiki’s delivery service by Hayao Miazaki 

This is a must. If you haven’t watched this absolute masterpiece, now is the time. I would go as far as to recommend all Studio Ghibli films but this one truly embodies the feeling of a spring night. With the lovable protagonist Kiki navigating her way in the world alongside her cat Jiji, this tale is unforgettable. With watercolor like dreamy visuals and a story that envelops you in a warm hug, your eyes will be glued to the screen and a smile on your face.  

Check It Out Here!  

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Tim Donaghy and the Allegedly Fixed 2002 NBA Playoffs

Twenty years ago the 2002 Western Conference Finals featuring the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers took place and to this day it remains the most controversial playoff series in NBA history.

To anyone who saw the game in person or on live television, the one-sided officiating was too much for the Sacramento Kings to overcome. The Lakers would go on to win game 6 and the series. Former referee Tim Donaghy, who would eventually serve a 15-month prison sentence for a gambling scandal, alleged in a court filing that the playoff series in 2002 was manipulated by two referees who officiated that game.

Here is what was alleged:

“Referees A, F and G were officiating a playoff series between Teams 5 and 6 in May of 2002. It was the sixth game of a seven-game series, and a Team 5 victory that night would have ended the series. However, Tim learned from Referee A that Referees A and F wanted to extend the series to seven games. Tim knew referees A and F to be ‘company men,’ always acting in the interest of the NBA, and that night, it was in the NBA’s interest to add another game to the series. Referees A and F heavily favored Team 6. Personal fouls [resulting in obviously injured players] were ignored even when they occurred in full view of the referees. Conversely, the referees called made-up fouls on Team 5 in order to give additional free throw opportunities for Team 6. Their foul-calling also led to the ejection of two Team 5 players. The referees’ favoring of Team 6 led to that team’s victory that night, and Team 6 came back from behind to win that series.” (ABC News)

Tim Donaghy’s full version of the alleged scandal is available to read for free on Hoopla.

Click the link to read Personal Foul by Tim Donaghy.

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