Rejoice, lovers of good horror shows: we're not all that far from a brand-new Mike Flanagan series! And, as evidenced by the man’s work on The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor and Midnight Mass, we have every reason to believe this one will be worth tuning in for, as well. This time, Flanagan is taking on the works of Christopher Pike for The Midnight Club, and we’ve got some first-look images fresh from the folks at Netflix.
The images offer some very serious Are You Afraid of the Dark? vibes, that much is certain. Aside from that, there’s not too much we can infer from the images themselves but, with the show arriving in early October, a trailer will likely be along sooner rather than later. The somewhat vague synopsis for the show states, “At a hospice with a mysterious history, the eight members of the Midnight Club meet each night at midnight to tell sinister stories – and to look for signs of the supernatural from the beyond.”
Pike has a wealth of source material for Flanagan and series co-creator Leah Fong to draw from. Some of the titles in the author’s catalog include Remember Me and Last Vampire 6. So there could, in theory, be a lot to tap into here. Netflix specifically mentions Witch, Gimme a Kiss, Road to Nowhere and The Wicked Heart, while promising that more titles will be revealed.
The core ensemble for the series includes Iman Benson, Igby Rigney, Ruth Codd, Annarah Cymone, Chris Sumpter, Adia, Aya Furukawa, Sauriyan Sapkota, Matt Biedel, Samantha Sloyan, Zach Gilford and A Nightmare On Elm Street’s Heather Langenkamp. Flanagan and Fong are on board as executive producers of the show alongside Trevor Macy, Julia Bicknell and Pike.
Flanagan has asserted himself as one of our finest horror creators in the modern era. Aside from his Netflix shows, he’s also directed movies such as Hush, Gerald’s Game, Ouija: Origin of Evil and Doctor Sleep. In this case, though, he’s dipping his toes into YA territory while also taking a stab at '90s nostalgia, as the show is set in 1994. That paints a picture filled with promise. Fingers crossed that the man delivers the goods once again.
The Midnight Club hits Netflix on October 7.