08th Oct2021

‘Midnight Mass’ Review (Netflix)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Zach Gilford, Kate Siegel, Rahul Kohli, Kristin Lehman, Samantha Sloyan, Igby Rigney, Annarah Cymone, Annabeth Gish, Alex Essoe, Rahul Abburi, Matt Biedel, Henry Thomas | Created by Mike Flanagan

Netflix and Mike Flanagan have brought back event TV for horror fans in the best way. With The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor the bar has been set high for horror. Can Midnight Mass keep up to the high quality we’ve been treated to?

Riley Flynn (Zach Gilford) returns to his small island home town after being released from prison to try and pull his life back together. At the same time the much anticipated return of the local priest falls into confusion as a new charismatic one arrives in his place. When the priest brings miracles with him, just what is the secret behind his acts of faith?

It is fair to say that Midnight Mass brings a quality to its story that we’ve come to expect from Mike Flanagan and his work with Netflix. In this mini-series he’s brought his A-game in a way that many wouldn’t. There is a focus on characters and their emotions which brings the events we see on the screen all more personal to the viewer. Mike Flanagan has also done a very welcome thing, and this is to bring a Stephen King style horror to the screen. There are elements that feel like Needful Things, some Salem’s Lot and countless other King stories that fans of his work will feel right at home. There is a focus on community that makes the supernatural events we see on the screen feel all too real, and bring the viewer into the horror.

If there is one thing that people will love (or maybe hate, depending on their tastes) is the use of monologues. Midnight Mass opens up the characters so well by allowing them to actually talk, and a lot of the episodes are focusing on building these characters through their ability to actually tell a story through these monologues. I could understand that those looking for lots of action may find this a little boring, but for the viewers who want the more human style of horror, Midnight Mass brings it.

A story that looks at religion, small community, and the horror that I will not spoil for those who haven’t seen it, the actors are a very important element in the series. They build the characters which the audience connects to, and it is important that we relate to these people. With a cast who all excel in Midnight Mass, some that stand out the most are Zach Gilford, Kate Siegel, and Rahul Kohli. The cast as a whole though is very good.

Midnight Mass is a good series to enjoy for Halloween, so it’s not surprising that Netflix have released it just in time for October. Whether you binge it or you enjoy it at a more relaxed pace, Midnight Mass delivers the horror that we need for the Halloween month.

****½  4.5/5

Midnight Mass is available to watch on Netflix now.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek

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