Harper's Island 1 Season 2009

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Season 1
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In the premiere episode, Abby Mills returns to Harper's Island for the wedding celebration of her best friend, Henry Dunn, and his fianc?e, Trish Wellington. Abby hasn't been home in seven years, since her mother and five others were murdered by John Wakefield.

Starring:
Elaine Cassidy,Christopher Gorham
Runtime:
40 minutes

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Horror
Director Jon Turteltaub
Starring Elaine Cassidy, Christopher Gorham
Supporting actors Matt Barr, Henry Dunn
Season year 2009
Network CBS Studios International
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Dr Evil TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Sept. 2009
Format: DVD
This 13-part series is about the wedding of Henry Dunn and Trish Wellington, which takes place in Harper's Island. One of the guests, Abby Mills, is still haunted about the murders that happened seven years before, caused by John Wakefield. Suddenly, the wedding guests are killed one by one, and everybody is a suspect.

A friend of mine who lives in the US raved on about this show so much that he sent me the recorded show a few months ago and once I started watching, I just couldn't stop and I had all 13 episodes finished in just 2 days - it is so addictive! The style is a bit like SCREAM or I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER mixed with the whodunit style of AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. Apparently each of the actors didn't know their character's fate until they were given the script for the episode, so when this was being shown in the US, it was a complete secret to everyone about who was going to be killed each week (generally one or two characters per episode). The murders are all very gruesome which was unexpected at first as this is just a TV show, not a film, after all. The acting is good, I only recognise one actor from the whole cast (Richard Burgi from HOSTEL 2 and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) but they are all excellent and play their parts well. The story is very well presented, starting off quite slowly, helping you to get to know the large cast of over 25 characters and as a bit of a dark comedy (in a very similar style to SCREAM) and then moving on to being a more serious, fast-paced and suspenseful thriller.

Overall this is without a doubt one of the best shows I have seen in 2009 and I am really glad this is now being shown in the UK and is being released on DVD. This is a must see for anyone who loves a good murder mystery that will keep you thinking right until the end.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tried and Tested VINE VOICE on 11 Oct. 2010
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I really enjoyed this series, even though I watched half of it from behind my hands.

I admit the premise for the series isn't original, the run up to a wedding is interrupted as the guests are slowly picked off one by one. It is the sort of thing you would normally find in a film and reminded me of "I know what you did last summer" and "Scream".

The viewer is given hints as to who is responsible for the killings but there are twists and turns along the way which kept me guessing right up to the end.

The only thing I didn't like was that there was a number of people disappeared and no-one seemed to bat an eyelid and just went along with the idea that they'd decided to head home without mentioning it to the bride and groom.

I'll be buying this for a number of friends/family as I don't believe it's been on British tv and I'm very certain they'll really enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Mar. 2011
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Invitations to a posh wedding on a secluded island. What could be more romantic? True, there were those horrendous murders seven years ago, but they are not worth bothering about now.

So wrong! Most of the guests have not long to live....

Here is television's answer to the slasher movie. Great art it is not, nor does it pretend to be. It is, though, much fun -for those who enter into the spirit of the thing. The producers certainly did - adept at keeping us guessing who will be the next to go and just how gorily. (The first departure is almost at once, it setting the tone and ingeniously contrived.) Episode titles give clues - Crackle, Thwack, Sploosh, Gurgle and the like. Most of the cast did not know their fate until each new script was delivered, apprehensively turning straight to the back page when it came.

Adding substance is Jim Beaver ("Supernatural") as the sheriff - initially above suspicion, until the doubts grow. Older viewers will recognize Harry Hamlin ("LA Law"). The bridegroom is played by Christopher Gorham (so appealing as the geeky boyfriend in "Ugly Betty"). Seriously creepy is that little girl. Surely madness must run in her family?

Of course there are loopholes and absurdities. (Where were the locals during all this?) Of course cliches abound. Of course much depends on characters being incredibly stupid. ("We stay together, right?" As if!) All are expected - part of the fun.

13 episodes, some with commentaries. (Be advised the first commentary assumes viewers have seen the whole show and contains spoilers for those who have not.) Bonus "Webisodes" owe much to "The Blair Witch Project". There are interesting features on how the cast was chosen and how the many stunts were staged.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. Arts on 11 Oct. 2009
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Very little to say about the plot, as other reviewers covered this admirably. (golden rule of the slasher genre, dont give away the twists) Suffice to say I liked the show enough to add my own humble opinion, though the previous reviewers are right on the money.
The trouble with slasher movies is you litterally have under two hours with the cast as they get whittled away by the psycho one by one. This usually ends up meaning most of the cast being bland cyphers that are merely there as cannon fodder for a series of gory murders, acting as the suspense scenes for the movie, here with 13 episodes at about 40 mins each you actually get time with the characters that allows them to break free from the cliche stereotypes and allows you actually care about their fate. I was initially dubious about a slasher tv series after hearing about the concept, but fortunately it works, the whole thing feels almost formula in places, but is fun the murders are pretty brutal and The characters are good. As i said before, the format actually gives you the opportunity to care about the characters and root for them which is pretty new to me as quite often I find myself rooting for the killer.
Overall then the series is worth a look for fans of slasher movies, and other u.s tv fans may get a kick out of it too as long as they can stand all the killings. The series comes in a snazzy slipcase with commentaries and making of, and is pretty slim packaging so won't fill up the shelf.
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