You Need To Watch The Best Vampire Thriller Of The Decade On Netflix ASAP
The Midnight Club is not a sequel, despite what you might think.
Mike Flanagan’s upcoming spooky anthology series for teens based on a novel by Christopher Pike, out later this week on Netflix, has nothing to do with his previous work – despite some similarities in their names.
All of Flanagan’s titles for Netflix produced under his multi-year deal with the streamer (The Haunting of Bly Manor, The Haunting of Hill House, and Gerald’s game) are worth a watch, but if you had to choose one to start with, it should be Midnight Mass.
Midnight Mass that’s what happens when you throw monsters into the population of a tiny island with fervent Catholic beliefs. The story is heavily inspired by Stephen King’s novel Salem lot, and loosely inspired by Flanagan’s childhood as an altar boy, as well as his struggles with overcoming addiction. The combination results in a haunting tale with monologues scarier than jumpscares.
“Here’s that long scene I wrote about atheism. Let me look at that a few years later and disprove it. Let me try to honestly step in and challenge my own idea. Here is a long scene about alcoholism. Let me really try to come in and talk about recovery,” Flanagan recalled in an interview with Weekly entertainment Last year. “Being in conversation with my different selves over the past 11 years, all of whom have immersed themselves in this story, is what makes it so personal to me. I don’t know if I will ever have the chance to relive this experience. with another job.
The work is a continuous, unflinching look at grief, remorse, and militant faith, the kind of spectacle you’ll want to close your eyes to but can’t look away from. “The ideas behind this show scare me,” Flanagan posted on Twitter before Midnight Mass’ liberation, recognizing that just because there isn’t a flesh-eating demonic angel lurking in the shadows every minute doesn’t mean Midnight Mass is not scary.
Midnight Mass begins with the murder of a young teenage girl by a man asleep at the wheel. Former startup investor and finance brother Riley Flynn (Zach Gilford) can’t shake the guilt he feels for leaving the horrific car crash with only a hangover and a scratch. He ends up serving his sentence for the crime, but after a relatively short sentence, he returns home to a fishing village of less than 100 people surrounded by miles of water. Riley’s reintegration tasks are daunting, but not supernatural: he must mend his relationship with his parents, his brother, and his ex-girlfriend, Erin (Kate Siegel), avoid the bottle, and find purpose through the pain.
Things get complicated for Riley and the rest of Crockett Island when the handsome and charismatic Father Paul Hill (Hamish Linklater) takes over the duties of the frail Monsignor John Michael Pruitt, who has mysteriously fallen ill after a spiritual retreat in Israel. The arrival of the priest is accompanied by inexplicable, but very tangible miracles. A renewed interest in Catholicism draws even the most unlikely devotees to St. Patrick’s. However, beneath the golden garments and heartfelt prayers lies a disturbing plan to “spread the word of God” by any means necessary.
Riley, who trusts few and trusts God less, is neither wooed by Father Paul’s charms nor seduced by the blessings brought by his mere presence. Soon, he discovers that not only is his intuition correct, but his new purpose in life is to save those he loves from a hellish fate.
Gilford, Linklater and Siegel are joined by a memorable ensemble cast that includes Samantha Sloyan as the detestable and hypercritical Bev Keane, Rahul Kohli as the cynical sheriff “Crock Pot”, Alex Essoe and Annabeth Gish as mother-daughter duo Mildred and Dr. Sarah Gunning, and Robert Longstreet as the subverted city booze stereotype Joe Collie. Collectively, they provide a diverse group of sinners and saints to the Hamlet and keep you worrying about the fate of Crockett Island as Riley unravels its mysteries.
Mike Flanagan is still building his horror empire on Netflix, which just added The Midnight Club and will expand to include The Fall of House Usher Next. But Midnight Mass may be his biggest work to date, and it’s the perfect chilling binge to get you up to speed on his style.
Midnight Mass is streaming on Netflix.