Midnight Mass is an American supernatural horror streaming television miniseries created and directed by Mike Flanagan and starring Zach Gilford, Kate Siegel, Hamish Linklater, Samantha Sloyan, Rahul Kohli, Kristin Lehman, and Henry Thomas.
The fictional novel Midnight Mass by Maddy Young is featured in Flanagan and Siegel’s 2016 American slasher film Hush.
The plot revolves around an impoverished island community that experiences supernatural events following the arrival of a mysterious priest.
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Mike Flanagan is no stranger to stories about trauma, faith, and all manner of terrifying creatures, but with his latest Netflix series, Midnight Mass – his third, his self-proclaimed most personal, and the first non-adapted all-original of the bunch – the Haunting of Hill House and Haunting of Bly Manor filmmaker skewed things in an unexpected direction.
Trauma, faith, and scary stuff are still prominent, but this time he ditched the ghosts in favor of a seven-episode creature feature that combines vampire tropes with biblical texts.
Flanagan explained, during a roundtable interview with Collider’s Christina Radish and reporters from several other outlets, “When I was a child and studying the Bible, it was impossible to ignore the horror elements that were embedded within it.
We did not at all connect horror and religion. That already existed… You’ve got demons. You’ve got talking serpents. People are being ripped apart and tortured. It is all present. The Bible is a text saturated with blood.”
Midnight Mass, set in the remote community of Crockett Island, begins when a “new” priest arrives in town, bringing with him miracles and monstrosities. The community meets Father Paul Hill instead of the elderly Monsignor John Michael Pruitt, the island’s longtime local pastor, who is expected to return (Hamish Linklater). The residents of the island undergo inexplicable transformations in a matter of seconds.
Mildred (Alex Essoe), an elderly woman, de-ages and quickly recovers from dementia. Leeza (Annarah Cymone), a paralyzed teenage girl, regains her ability to walk. Erin (Kate Siegel), a pregnant woman, not only miscarries her baby, but tests reveal she was never pregnant in the first place. Monstrosities… and miracles.
It’s a dense, heavily textual series that leaves a lot of unanswered questions, but if you’ve just finished your binge, we’ve got you covered with a deep dive into what the hell happens and what it all means – with insight from Flanagan himself.
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It’s a question raised several times in “Midnight Mass,” creator/writer/director Mike Flanagan’s talky, heartbreaking, and fascinating new religious horror film.
Flanagan has stated that this is his most personal project yet, something he’s been working on his entire career, and it shows – he’s poured his heart and soul into this thing, which is both a blessing and a hindrance.
— Midnight Mass (@midnightmass) October 15, 2021
When you watch “Midnight Mass,” you get the sense that Flanagan has a lot to say, and he puts all of those words into the mouths of his characters, many of whom go off on extremely long existential monologues. The monologue can become tiresome and distracting – no one talks like this.
Nonetheless, it works because “Midnight Mass” is so heartfelt. It is alive and full of energy. And then there’s death. Death is the all-consuming factor in this story, something to be feared and awed by. “Midnight Mass,” asks not only, “What happens when you die?” but also, “What if you could live forever?”