2014 Starts Off With A Bang
2014 is getting off to a great start here at The 7th Matrix, since the very first web series featured this year turns out to be one of the best.
Ragged Isle is described by co-creator Barry Dodd as a supernatural mystery inspired by genre classics such as Twin Peaks, Dark Shadows, and The X-Files.
I would have to whole-heartedly agree.
The Dark Heart of An Island
Ragged Isle is set in a tiny fishing community located on an island right off the coast of Maine.
One eventful summer, a young woman named Vicki Burke (Meghan Benton) arrives on the island to accept a job with the local newspaper - and reconnect with her twin brother who resides there.
However, the self-assured Vicki quickly finds herself smack in the middle of bizarre events that crack open the island's darkest and deadliest secret.
Soon after her arrival, citizens of the island start turning up dead.
The manner of their deaths? Drowning - on land, nowhere near the water, with their clothing completely dry.
As Vicki begins to piece together the truth behind the mysterious deaths, she and the residents of the island slowly begin to realize dark forces are at work.
Forces that may never let anyone leave Ragged Isle again.
An Impressive Showcase
Produced by local digital media company Entertainment Experiment, the project is filmed entirely on locations in the state of Maine.
You first notice you are watching something special from the moment the exquisite opening credits roll.
The producers use the gorgeous local scenery to full effect. You can almost smell the salt in the sea air.
In fact, the locale is another main character in the piece.
The breathtaking cinematography features azure skies, foam-capped waves, verdant island foliage, and a picturesque New England town.
The plot of Ragged Isle unspools gradually, but not too slowly.
Its precise pacing serves to build suspense, since you are uncovering the island's unnerving secrets along with the characters.
Another series highlight is the cast.
The acting prowess of not only the main cast, but also the background players, is nothing short of first-rate.
The dialogue is written in the way people actually speak - and the actors' delivery makes you feel as though you are eavesdropping on personal conversations.
Also, I would be very remiss if I failed to mention the sensational soundtrack.
Complied with original songs spanning folk and rock genres, the music is seamlessly integrated into the narrative - helping to give the project a very distinct identity.
Visit Ragged Isle
Currently Ragged Isle is in the middle of its third and final season.
The good news?
You can catch up on every single episode by visiting the official series web site: RaggedIsle.com.
Here is the trailer for season one:
Ragged Isle is a seductive siren song of mystery and suspense.