Starring: Hamish Linklater, Samantha Sloyan, Kate Siegel, Zach Gilford, Rahul Kohli, Annabeth Gish, and Annarah Cymone
Creator: Mike Flanagan
Following the success of The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor, writer-director Mike Flanagan is back with Midnight Mass. His third Netflix miniseries drops the Haunting theme for a religion-centric approach that feels confused in its direction at times. Although it raises some interesting questions regarding the interpretations of The Bible, the series struggled to grasp me. That said, its mix of gothic cinematography and the performance of Hamish Linklater make it worth a watch. It just doesn't reach the heights of his other Netflix efforts.
With one movie and three series (and two more on the way!), writer-director Mike Flanagan has become Netflix’s go-to horror creator. Midnight Mass, his latest series for the streamer, is good, but also the weakest and least scary of the three. It starts very strongly, featuring excellent performances from Hamish Linklater and Samantha Sloyan, but it loses some steam once a major reveal happens around the halfway point. It also has way too many monologues, which further slows the pace. That said, it's a bold and blasphemous take on faith and Christianity, which as a nonbeliever, I'm always here for.