I’ve been looking forward to Mike Flanagan’s Netflix adaptation of The Midnight Club book series for a while, and it’s finally here. Does it have the creepy or strange qualities we’ve come to expect from Flanagan? The Midnight Club is a group of eight people who meet every night at midnight to tell scary stories and look for signs of the supernatural from the beyond. I haven’t read Christopher Pike’s Midnight Club series, but I’ve heard that it’s a very popular set of books.
I don’t know how close this is to the books, but Pike was an executive producer on the show, so I’m guessing Flanagan’s version is pretty close to what Pike had in mind. This is about a group of young adults who are dying and living in a hospice that was made just for them. It takes a different approach to death than most hospices, and the main character, Alanka, is played by Iman Benson.
We follow her story from the time she finds out she has cancer to the time she moves into the hospice she chose. Horrors I love the variety and how it showed what the characters were thinking. These stories weren’t just meant to scare each other; they also showed how each player was dealing with and working through the fact that they were going to die.
Anara Simone Igby Rigney Raul Cooley Robert Longstreet, Matt Beadle, and I’m sure others are in this, and Ruth Cod will be in Flanagan’s The Fall of the House of Usher, so he’s good at using actors he knows can do a good job. Heather Langenkamp, who plays Bright Cliff on Doctor Who, was someone I was excited to see in this because of her Nightmare on Elm Street background. There’s the creativity and creepiness of the residents trying to scare each other with ghastly tails.
There’s a dark and possibly sinister mystery surrounding Brightcliffe and its past. The characters are full of details and are pretty complex when you really look at them. My father was never really scared during this, but there were moments that gave me chills and made me jump. I love the ensemble cast, even if I didn’t like all of them at first.
I mean that it mildly distracted me in small moments I’m curious if you notice the similarity when you watch, even if it doesn’t happen every time. Overall, The Midnight Club has a large cast of characters and manages to make them all different and complicated while still making them fit together in many ways. The creepiness of this adaptation adds to the feeling of dread, which is boosted by the fact that the Midnight Club’s stories come from many different types of horror.
Not all of the jump scares work, and sometimes the larger mystery art gets set by the wayside, but all in all, the themes of grief, acceptance, and friendship are powerfully examined in a way that should resonate with viewers of all walks of life Mike Flanagan once again shows why he is a rising master of horror, and I can’t wait for more of his projects to come to life. There’s no sex or nudity, but there’s a lot of swearing and violence that can get pretty gross at times. I give the Midnight Club four and a half out of five couches. It was a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to seeing more in this series. I’m Chris This is movies and snacks. thanks for catching with me