8/25/10: A Mystery Event . . .

There’s not nearly enough horror on television. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for AMC’s The Walking Dead. (I first watched the trailer at Comic Con, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you MUST watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=319knAYrTRE)

However, today’s recommendation is actually for a different, very short-lived show that aired last summer on CBS: Harper’s Island.

If you didn’t watch it, here’s the basic plot summary: sweet, tragic heroine Abby (Elaine Cassidy, pictured above) finally comes back to her childhood home for her childhood friend’s wedding ceremony. Sadly, festivities are put on hold when a psycho killer starts offing wedding guests, usually in some ridiculously grotesque and completely over-the-top manner. At least one cast member bites the big one in every single episode. Needless to say, I was stoked when I first learned about the series.

Unfortunately, I almost gave up watching it about two episodes in. I won’t lie: Harper’s Island starts a little weak. Tragic Abby is every bit as annoying as you might expect; there are too many characters that you don’t care about, and because the murders are mostly kept quiet for the first five episodes, it’s mostly blah blah blah for forty minutes and one hideous awesome death in the last five. That being said, once all the characters know that the proverbial shit has, indeed, hit the fan?

Harper’s Island gets AWESOME.

If you’re willing to wait for it (and, obviously, I think you should) this show starts upping the stakes each and every episode, becoming more intense, more violent, and just more flat-out entertaining. It’s a lot of fun, trying to predict who’s the next to go, how they’re going to go, and ultimately who the bad guy is (totally called it, by the way). The cast is pretty good, overall. I can’t say I ever really warmed up to Elaine Cassidy, but her father is played by the consistently awesome Jim Beaver (Supernatural, Deadwood) and that proved to be enough to get me through. Other standouts: Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs), Katie Cassidy (Supernatural), and Adam Campbell (who I know from absolutely nothing, but he’s English, and I like him in this.) Also, keep an eye out for Callum Keith Rennie. Oh, Callum. Someday, you’ll get to play a nice guy, I swear.

This is a pretty cheesetastic show, but it’s got some surprisingly emotional moments, good soundtrack choices (this is where I first heard Civil Twilight’s “Letters From the Sky”—awesome song) and a lot of the deaths are just wonderfully, ridiculously brutal. If you’re interested, a particularly corny trailer is here:

But trust me, the show really is better than this, so find it at the video store and watch it sometime.

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