Midnight Mass Review: Very different from The Haunting of Hill House

Hamish Linklater starring at Midnight Mass.


If you are looking for another beautiful and depressing horror like Netflix Haunting of Hill House When Bree manners, Creator Mike Flanagan’s latest series may be a little disappointing.

Accept, Midnight Mass It is different from the Haunting anthology. In the traditional sense, ghosts aren’t wandering around the house here. Still, it explores guilt, sadness, and suffering through the medium of fear and has a lot of echoes of ghost stories.

Still, the Midnight Mass also has a clear agenda. In a scorching fashion, it wants to analyze faith from its ancient traditions to the dreaded darker side. The Midnight Mass is a series of deep conversations followed by conversations that discuss almost every aspect of devoting yourself to higher powers. It’s a dangerous prejudice. While being processed intelligently, it may feel overkill for some.

Still, the Midnight Mass attracts you. A boiling pot of beliefs that clashes with the tensions of a small town illuminates Hughes for an explosive solution. The mystery is satisfying and unpredictable. More importantly, it delivers monsters to keep us at night, supernatural, and otherwise.


Zac Guildford plays Lyrie Frin.


Riley Flynn (Zac Guildford) is mostly our focus. A man who acts to bother him for the rest of his life in the opening scene. He returns to his isolated, corrupt hometown of Crockett Island and looks at the world through a scientific lens, far from the devout altar boy who once served in a local church.

He is not the only recent returnee. Erin Green (Kate Siegel), a childhood friend and a potential love enthusiast, also had a stint on the mainland. Now that she is divorced and pregnant, she is willing to rekindle her faith.

The island is crawling with inhabitants attacked by their own personal demons. Then it’s easy for the mysterious new priest Father Paul (a surprisingly good Hamish Linklater) to captivate everyone with his miracle … well, a miracle. His rhythmically pleasing speech is hypnosis. The townspeople eat whatever is served in the palm of his hand.


Kate Siegel plays Erin.


Moments of horror are exceptional when they come. It doesn’t matter if you like to make your fears more tense or action-packed. The Midnight Mass offers both. Wide-brimmed hats aren’t as chilly as they are, defining another folklore creature that Flanagan infused with fresh life.

All visuals are finely tuned. Flanagan’s characteristic camera tilt, long continuous shots, people approaching dark doorways, and bloody symptoms are ready to subside. This time, unlike the light involvement with The Haunting of Hill Manor, Flanagan stamps almost every production department, including co-authoring and directing all episodes.

The story of Crockett Island also brings personal connections. Raising Catholics, Flanagan served as an altar boy On Governors Island in New York. You can feel the depth. The details he associates with the Bible with supernatural ideas are at another level. Riley’s discussion with Father Paul is extensive, passionate, and for both reasons.

Over a seven-hour episode, fear escalate until the moment when it never returns. Your heart sinks when you realize that the people you gradually begin to take care of are almost destined.

But when the chaos goes down, it’s here that all the subtleties established in the first half are cut out. Don’t expect another inspiring Newton Brothers score either. Where the Haunting Anthology wrapped you in a piano wave, there’s an eerie hymn here, but it doesn’t have the same core-filling effect while fitting.

Large casts share screen time, leaving some relationships, including the main pairing, and feel the shades are underdeveloped. The more familiar faces of Kate Seigel, Carla Gugino (a small part at the beginning), Henry Thomas, Rahul Kohli, and the Haunting Anthology play a new role (the accents are less noticeable). Samantha Sloyan is a striking new addition as a priestly demanding assistant.

It may not be a story about focused family dramas or oppressed love, but the Midnight Mass is more than an accusation of religious extremism. It resonates because Flanagan connects everything to meditation about life and death. The fear people are suffering from, their different interpretations of the purpose of life, what they think happens when we die. They are discussed in the most dreamy poetic moments and push us for an existential night.

Maybe it won’t ruin you emotionally as Haunting shows, but the Midnight Mass is exquisite. Its slow-burning mystery meticulously guarantees that we will descend deep into hell. It seems to be the series that Flanagan has been waiting for. Working at the best of his game, auteur has awakened us in one or more ways.

Midnight Mass hits Netflix on Friday. Midnight Mass Review: Very different from The Haunting of Hill House

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