There's Something About Crystal
Wizard Hunters is a 2012 urban fantasy web series produced by Uphill Pictures.
It tells the story of Crystal (Scarlett Lynn), a seemingly ordinary 12-year old girl who is coping with the loss of her parents and life with her foster mother Jessica (Karita Fleming).
After having a vivid nightmare about being confronted by a terrifying evil, Crystal soon discovers she has an incredible destiny .
She is the key to ending a centuries old conflict between vampire and wizards.
However, forces both light and dark are seeking her.
Who can Crystal trust?
An Urban Fantasy Come To Life
What immediately struck me about Wizard Hunters is, it is one of far too few urban fantasy web series.
A main reason for the popularity of urban fantasies is their modern environments are far more relatable and accessible versus the often medieval settings of traditional fantasies.
Wizard Hunters uses this advantage to full effect. For example, the central conflict of the series takes place in a parking garage, a location familiar to many viewers. This serves to gives the fantasy a gritty, real-world grounding.
Other series hallmarks include its visual style and solid cast performances - especially Ms. Lynn as Crystal.
She has real acting chops and presence. I expect we will be seeing great things from this charismatic young actress.
The series mythology is also highly realized and compelling.
We eventually learn the origin of the conflict between wizards and vampires, as well as why Crystal is so important to both sides.
Get a sense of the series atmosphere by watching the pilot episode ...
The complete first season of Wizard Hunters is comprised of five episodes, all available for viewing on its YouTube channel WizardHuntersOnline.
Unfortunately, a Kickstarter campaign to finance a second season was unsuccessful. Apparently, plans have been abandoned to proceed with future episodes.
This is regrettable, because I really wanted to see more of Crystal's journey. Instead, we will just have to enjoy the only season of a very well-produced urban fantasy.
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