Netflix has been teeming with great horror series especially those created by Mike Flanagan, and a new one arrived on the streaming platform in October, perfect for the Halloween season, The Midnight Club, but is it worth watching? Check here our review!
Warning: This article may contain some spoilers for The Midnight Club. Read at your own risk!
Is Netflix's The Midnight Club Worth Watching?
If there is something in Mike Flanagan's horror series on Netflix, it is not the typical horror with ghosts or monsters, it usually has something deeper in it, a scare that would make you think twice because it deals with hidden fears.
The Haunting of Hill House deals with psychological trauma, The Haunting of Bly Manor takes on the unfinished business of the dead and how they actually deal with the living, and Midnight Mass is a religious horror on how faith affects one's life.
For The Midnight Club, it deals with the looming threat of death, especially to the characters who are terminally ill and could, any time, succumb to their sickness, or the shadow that comes for one who is about to die. That, itself, is scary enough to make your heart beat twice as fast.
Adding to the scare are the stories they tell to each other every time they meet. While at first, those are just stories, if you look deeper in each character, you'll see how these stories parallel their personalities, it is as if they draw inspiration on themselves.
My favorite would probably be Natsuki's story, the Road to Nowhere, because it tells about the longest road trip of someone who never even left home. It strikes me hard to think of everyone dealing with the same stuff that Natsuki had to go through, and as said, "It is going to hurt."
Meanwhile, the cult story puts some meaning to one yearning for a way to be healed. While Ilonka may be annoying after messing up on the ritual with Anya, one couldn't blame her for wanting to be healed because, truth be told, she's too young to deal with the looming threat of death.
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This just shows how someone would do anything in their power to get more time, just like what Julia Jayne is after. The surprise on Dr. Stanton being a member of the Paragon is also shocking and it only makes everyone want answers.
The Midnight Club is so well-executed to keep everyone wanting for more. The setting of the place is eerie, the set design adds a factor to the whole feel of the series, their costumes are so on point that it would make you feel you're back in the 90s. The music fits right, too.
It's perfect for the Halloween season, especially with it being hailed as the Guinness World Record holder for the most jump scares in one episodes, having 33 in just the pilot, that is crazy scary! You wouldn't even have time to catch your breath before the next scare comes.
The only thing keeping me from putting a perfect score on it is the lack of closure on some matters, like, for example, they had the old man and woman haunting Kevin and Ilonka but the series didn't even answer who those were and what their connection is to the story.
The casting was also perfect. They put genuineness into each of the characters that they actually portrayed the role in a way of their own. Like Ruth Codd playing Anya, she's a real amputee and she fits her role perfectly, possibly may favorite -- tough on the outside, and soft on the inside.
Overall, The Midnight Club effects a different kind of scare. It's not usual but it works, same as to all the series of Mike Flanagan on Netflix. It's deep, it's engaging, it's sad. You could really feel all kinds of emotions when watching it.
Yes, The Midnight Club is worth watching. Binge watch it now as it currently streams on Netflix.