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REVIEW: Netflix’s ‘MIDNIGHT MASS’ gives a New Terrifying Meaning to the Bible

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ANNABETH GISH as DR. SARAH GUNNING, HAMISH LINKLATER as FATHER PAUL, and SAMANTHA SLOYAN as BEV KEANE in MIDNIGHT MASS Cr. EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2021

In Netflix’s ‘Midnight Mass‘ we are quickly immersed into Crockett Island and its community. Where things start off as a slow burn with the main character Riley Flynn played by Zach Gilford (The Purge: Anarchy), who is haunted by his guilt of killing a young woman due to drunk driving. He is imprisoned for four years and returns to his creepy island town where his family resides. At the same time Riley arrives in town a mysterious young priest named Father Paul played by Hamish Linklater (Legion, Fargo, The Big Short), arrives as well. This is where the religious horror unfolds!

The series can be seen as a bit controversial if you do not have an open mind about religion and different beliefs. I believe director Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House, Doctor Sleep) and his writers once again created a masterpiece! I believe Flanagan has mastered the art of character development, capturing true emotion, and deep dialogue. He is known for his reputation in creating humanistic horror!

ANNARAH CYMONE as LEEZA SCARBOROUGH and IGBY RIGNEY as WARREN FLYNN in MIDNIGHT MASS Cr. EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2021

Also the cast once again like The Haunting of Hill House out did themselves. Most are recurring cast members from that series. Then Kate Siegel (Ouija: Origin of Evil, Hush, Oculus) gives another phenomenal performance as Erin Greene, who happens to also be Flanagan’s wife in real life. I do not want to give too many spoilers for those who have not binge watched it like myself, but it gives a new meaning to the bible for those who are practicing Catholics/Christians. It is a horror story about how far our beliefs will take us when we think we are doing something for the greater good, but end up doing the opposite. 

SPOILER ALERT!!!

I also happen to have my theory about the creature in the series, a Jinn (Angelical Demon), even though they refer to it as the Angel of the Lord it seemed more ancient. Also it would give Sheriff Hassan played by Rahul Kohli (The Haunting of Bly Manor, iZombie), the Sharif’s character more of a character arc if it went into muslim religion, since the Quran mentions Jinn’s.

I can definitely see a universe coming out of this series. I loved how they used bible verses verbatim, it made it more creepier. I guess the Bible might be the ultimate horror story in my opinion. This series reminded me a bit of The Prophecy with a mix of Dracula 2000, Needful Things, Storm of The Century and even Salem’s Lot. I enjoyed this series, but I admit it is not for everyone. It is definitely a slow burn, the action doesn’t start until Episode 3 or 4. I could have done away with the long mass scenes lol, but I guess that is the title of the movie. If you would like to watch a show that will immerse you into a story about faith, death and monsters, then this show is for you!

Midnight Mass

8.5

Gaby Moreno
Gaby is a Mexican American creative based out of San Diego, CA. She is an artist, poet, blogger, podcast host and writer. She is the Founder of “Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue” which is a blog and podcast started in late 2018 to blend her two favorite genres Hip Hop and Horror! She is a music lover and movie fan!When she is not hosting her own podcasts, putting out music or writing her own content she is also staff at Platform Collection, an Indie Hip Hop Network. She is all about preserving the cultures she loves and contributing to add value to them!

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