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VINE VOICEon 11 October 2010
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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on 2 June 2017
This is awesome. The first time I watched it on TV it was a whodunnit of changing suspects and victims. When it was shown again the other year I just had to try to get it on DVD and now I do.
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on 26 February 2017
excellent
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on 28 June 2016
So far so good to will be interesting to see the full season.
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on 15 December 2015
loved this.. had to watch and watch.. very addictive..i enjoyed it..
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on 16 April 2017
Seen it before on tv. Cleaver idea to the story line. Even the actors were kept in the dark during filming. So they never knew who would be next in this slasher action fest.
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VINE VOICEon 11 September 2009
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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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.

DVD is by far the best way to watch - without interruptions, tension increased most dramatically. Do not feel guilty for enjoying it so much. Do not hesitate either to congratulate yourself if you deduce the outcome before the final two episodes. Although by now there are very few people to choose from, the mystery's solution may well surprise.

Sheer escapism with no pretensions. Great!
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on 12 February 2011
Agatha Christie meets Scream in this irresistible TV-marathon that extends the format of Ten Little Indians into epic - and determinedly gruesome - dimensions. Played out over 13 episodes (aptly) it swells the body-count of potential victims/suspects to 25 as guests arrive for a ritzy wedding on an island off the coast of Seattle. Abby Mills (Elaine Cassidy), the groom's childhood friend, introduces each segment, becoming a pivotal character when an unseen assailant starts whittling down the assembly in a variety of grisly ways. Truth to tell it was Cassidy's presence that drew me to the show. A favourite of mine over the past decade in a succession of versatile performances I felt at first that fronting a slasher-movie seemed a bit of a comedown. But she embraces the mayhem with characteristic gravitas as do the rest of the cast. Apart from Harry Hamlin, who gets sliced in half while crossing a bridge in the woods at night at the close of Episode One, the mainly young support were new to me and I had a problem keeping track of who was related to whom, family and otherwise. But then they're all in the same boat ostensibly so you just go with the flow and the age-old pull of who's-doing-this-and-why. And you do begin to care about them as an invisible noose draws tighter and horrors escalate. As a foretaste one death occurs before they've even reached the island and of which they remain unaware as an unfortunate cousin, tied to the ship's propeller shaft, is shredded underwater.

Seven years earlier a rampant psycho named John Wakefield had murdered six people on the island including Abby's mother before being shot and killed by the local Sheriff, Abby's father, who had sent her away to the mainland. It's her first time back since then and her journey of discovery into family secrets runs parallel with the internal conflicts of the others in the group and the mysterious deadly assaults that start to sunder it. The officiating reverend disappears in the woods and is later found decapitated, and the bride's father falls victim to a stomach-turning trap rigged up at the wedding-rehearsal. People are shot, stabbed, hanged, harpooned and burnt to death - though Abby remains untargeted and comes under suspicion. Is a copycat at work re-enacting Wakefield's killing-spree or is Wakefield still alive ? The whole of the island becomes a danger-zone, nowhere is safe, indoors or out. The local hotel is honeycombed with secret passages and underground tunnels that spread out like tentacles and the bride's little niece, a spooky child who seems to have psychic propensities, goes missing for a spell but is found evasively unharmed. State troopers summoned to the scene arrive by air but are gunned down before they set foot on shore. When Wakefield himself comes into the open like a monstrous force of nature even the nicest people aren't spared. One young couple whose relationship matures from sex under stress to commitment and self-sacrifice high above a river provide a stand-out scene that's no less of a heartbreak for being something of a steal from The Last of the Mohicans. When Wakefield is covertly released from gaol after being overpowered it's clear he has an accomplice within the group of guests and locals. The armed survivors move out to track him down but in a series of last-minute twists he is killed by his partner who draws Abby into a spider's web of festering resentment and obsessiveness from which she must seek to free herself...

You may feel that, given the motivations finally revealed, the whole modus operandi has been somewhat extreme but as the old schlockmeister William Castle might have said "Well whaddya expect, they're crazy aren't they ?". There's no answer to that except to say that it works. And it works here spectacularly well.
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Despite sporting what I regard as a rather awful DVD front cover artwork, this 13 part CBS mini-series is actually a very good little horror thriller. It's something I savoured, watching two episodes a night, and I'm disappointed that I don't have it to watch anymore. If you like a good mystery, a good old fashioned slasher, then I have no hesitation in recommending this box to you.

'Harper's Island' strongly takes the basic plot of Agatha Christie's classic tale 'And Then There Were None', but adds much originality to it. Seven years ago, the Island was a place of bloody murder, with serial killer John Wakefield taking the lives of six people, one of whom was the mother of Harry's best friend Abby (Elaine Cassidy). Harry (Christopher Gorham) is a man soon to be married to beautiful Trish (Katie Cassidy), and they invite a group of friends to the secluded island. As the wedding day nears, secrets are revealed, relationships are up to the test, and one by one the guests are murdered. Who is the killer? This is 'Scream' meets 'And Then There Were None'.

With top notch acting, many interesting plots twists and keep on flowing all the way through to the very last episode, and much unpredictability, 'Harper's Island' is great fun to watch. I was on the edge of my seat, but left me feeling frustrated that I was unable point the figure at one person, as the killer could have been virtually any of them. There's not much in the way of humour, but plenty of chills and suspense.

This deluxe DVD box contains four discs, with the complete 13 episodes broadcast originally between April and July 2009, as well as special features like four featurettes, commentaries on various eps, and scenes which ended up on the cutting room floor.
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