How can I explain Harper's Island? Okay, think 'I know what you did last summer' on steroids!
Let's start with the backstory. Seven years ago a man named John Wakefield headed out on a murder spree on this little island, butchering, hanging, and killing several people. The tragedy still haunts the place, lingering in the air. To say that name is highly frowned upon, would be an understatement. Everyone wants to forget and move on. Some managed to do
so until an island native returns with his bride-to-be.
They are planning an epic and romantic week of fun, climaxing in their wedding. Henry, the groom, invites longtime friend, Abby Mills, for the week.
Abby, whose mother was murdered by John Wakefield, hasn't been on the island since that dreadful night. She left her father, boyfriend, and life and headed far away. Now, after all these years have passed, she has to once again tread those shores if she hopes on being there for her close friend as he heads into matrimony.
As the week moves along, people disappear. Some are quick to jump to conclusions, others are hoping there is a reasonable explanation. Is John Wakefield back, despite Abby's father (the Sherrif) having shot him years ago? Is it a copycat? Or something far more insidious? While denial is a tactic commonly used to deal with mysterious and unsettling situations, you can't deny that something is horribly wrong when bodies start turning up.
Do you enjoy a good 'whodunnit' story? Then you'll love this series! Every episode keeps you guessing as more people are killed and the mystery thickens as revelations are revealed. Who is doing this?
As a horror fan, I was impressed at the diversity of deaths. Gruesome. Gory. Messed-up. Excellent!
But don't get the wrong idea. It isn't gore for gore's sake. What makes this series addictive and unique is the backstory and the ongoing enigma of these deaths and the perpetrator.
And of course, it wouldn't be interesting at all if we weren't invested in the characters in some way or another. We instantly develop a kinship with Abby Mills (Elaine Cassidy). She's suffered a great deal, losing her mother, and finding the body herself at such a young, impressionable and innocent age. The relationship with her father (Jim Beaver) oozes tension and unresolved drama. Their complex family dynamic is intriguing, to say the least.
Then, adding more weight to Abby, is Jimmy (C. J. Thomason) her love interest before she upped and left after Wakefield's killing spree. He was left broken-hearted, wounded, and alone. Luckily, he's gotten over it and is thrilled to see his old flame.
We have the wedding party, offering the viewers the typical douche bag groomsmen and vapid bridesmaids, providing comical relief through debauchery and mischief. Though, sister to the bride, Shea Allen (Gina Holden) who I personally adore as an actress, offers us a character with depth: a protective mother, loving wife, and well-rounded individual.
Obviously there is a romance element, with the entire week dedicated to a wedding. But we find ourselves tangled up in the love of another couple.
As a fan of the outdoors and great scenery, I loved the setting. Filmed on Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada, set the mood perfectly. You could almost feel the branches rustling against your skin. Feel the wet waves rolling in. Smell the oaky scent. Feel the rustic, earthy, yet alluring vibe to the island. A wonderful soundtrack meshes well with the natural backdrop.
Bucket loads of shocks. Powerful twists. Most episodes end in cliffhangers. Casual drama unfolds within the terror.
If you enjoy horror, mystery, thrillers, dramas, then I suggest you watch this immediately. Download it, or if you have Amazon Prime, it's available on there. Either way, you'd be missing out if you didn't add this to your list!
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