The following web series present some capers worth digging into, and they all approach the mystery genre in interesting (if not necessarily new) ways. From a child kidnapping to a small, foreboding island, get on these cases if you have a free hour or so…
Next week is Valentine’s Day, so please send us some romantic web series to put viewers in the mood at firstname.lastname@example.org/members.
This mysterious, supernatural series will have you engaged from the get-go with a pilot that will make your breath hitch in literally the first second. As with many a series on Vimeo, the cinematography is creative and spot-on and helps deliver a story that involves (and needs) little verbal narrative. Though the background music is dramatic, it somehow manages to avoid being all-out corny and proves engaging instead. As you make your way through the first episode, you’ll ask yourself, “What in the world is going on?!” It won’t be in a bad way.
From the Entertainment Experiment, a distribution/production company that focuses on content about Maine, this web series clearly counts this beautiful state as one of its main characters. The overwrought opening dialogue, in which a young woman meets a resident of the “strange, unforgiving” Raggled Isle on her ferry trip over, actually serves to set a creepy tone, and it gets a little more natural from there. A small town with dark secrets is no new theme, but you’ll want to know what lies beneath the ocean’s surface…I mean that sentence alone intrigues you, right?
“Guidestones” has moved from an interactive viewing experience to a linear series on Facebook to its VOD version on Hulu. The series, which is “based on a true story,” follows journalism students in Canada who move from exploring Christian art to digging into the mystery of the Georgia Guidestones…via an apparition that appears to them in a church. The series moves fast, which is gratifying, in very short increments, which makes it easy to watch all at once.
The colorful set design is what first stands out in “Cuckoo,” then the soundtrack. Next, the series’ hook, a teenage girl who wants to get away from her annoying parents finding out that she might have been kidnapped as a child, proves irresistible. As the main character picks up more pieces of her past’s puzzle, her “parents” appear more suspicious, their typical, overbearing kindness morphing into something more sinister…
This Rooster Teeth production stars the staff in a sort of spin-off of the famous Agatha Christie novel. It’s a humorous take on the dinner party murder mystery in which one of the guests is the killer (gasp!). If you’re a fan of Rooster Teeth programming, this web series’ in jokes will appeal to you, but even if you’re not, you’ll pick the jokes up quickly and smirk nonetheless.