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The tale of a small, isolated island community whose existing divisions are amplified by the return of a disgraced young man and the arrival of a charismatic priest. When Father Paul’s appearance on Crockett Island coincides with unexplained and seemingly miraculous events, a renewed religious fervor takes hold of the community – but do these miracles come at a price?

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Quick States

  • Rating: 7.9
  • Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery
  • Stars: Kate Siegel, Zach Gilford, Kristin Lehman
  • Director: Mike Flanagan
  • Certificate: TV-MA
  • Country: USA, Canada
  • Language: English
  • Release Date: 2021
  • Runtime: 450 min
  • Filming Location: British Columbia, Canada

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Midnight Mass Review

Okay guys, welcome back to another review, today we are reviewing Midnight Mass series. The show is directed and written by the genius Mike Flanagan.

In case you didn’t know, Flanagan is known for some impeccable movies and series we name: The Haunting of Hill House, One of Netflix’s finest series, in my opinion, Doctor Sleep 2019, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Jessie (AKA Gerald’s Game), Hush and more.

a man and a dog, midnight mass series

With that being said, the show is a short series consisted of seven well-written thick episodes. The events of the series revolve in an atmosphere of Drama and Horror and Mystery, about the citizens of an isolated island.

Coinciding with the arrival of a new priest, the life of the island’s citizens turns upside down. So, as I said, once the priest arrived on the island some miracles, weird supernatural dark things start accruing.

I tip my hat to the director, the quality of his writing is just off the charts impeccable! He simply loves what he does, take for example the movie Hush, without any spoilers, the main character in Hush was writing a book with the title Midnight Mass.

And from the events of the movie, we understand that Midnight Mass the book is the series itself if that makes sense. If this means anything, then it means that Flanagan was already plotting for the series before 2016, wow! It looks simple and not a big deal but trust me it is!

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Flanagan just plans his projects from a distance, and to appreciate that I encourage you to take a look at Hush movie after you finish this series. Because the connection between the two shows is just mind-blowing guys! Take for instance the cast in Hush and the characters in this show.

Cast

Lol, enough hype for the director and let’s talk a little about the characters of the series itself. Okay, the series is starring a collection of excellent actors, Hamish Linklater, Alex Essoe, Kate Siegel, Zach Gilford, and others.

Bottom line is that there is a lot of actors and characters. However, each one of them had his due, and the performance was as good as you can expect from a horror series honestly.

Screenplay

Let’s talk writing of the series, the writing of the show is perhaps one of the most amazing horror scripts I’ve ever seen.

We all know the good from the bad movie or series at the beginning of it, some writers bet on planting hooks at the end of each episode, to make you watch more episodes.

On the other hand, there are directors that simply take the time to build a full world, with its full details and its charming characters, well-written characters that you can relate to. And if you are into that kind of thing, that is exactly the case in this series.

It’s true that the category is Horror, but not that horrific. It’s scary in terms of the questions he makes you ask. Moreover, the mystery of its characters, more importantly, the horror of a fact that is just gets thrown surprisingly at you at some point.

So don’t expect some cheap horror, you are in Flanagan’s hands, good hands. I’m sorry if I’m overhyping the man, but we got to credit what he does. He can take a cliché story and make something good out of it.

I’m not going to go over the limits here and spoil the fun for you, There is a lot of things to enjoy, really. So, anyone that says there is a script or scenario or writing crisis in the industry hit him with Flanagan movies.

The characters diversity

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The characters are deep, realistic, unique, and well-written. None of them is similar to the other, although their diversity. So, generally, there was a good set of excellent characters, different ages, different interests, different social classes, different religions, there are fanatics… and you can imagine all of this diversity is concentrated in seven episodes, in a small population of a small isolated island!

And even though this variety of characters there was room for them to improve over the course of the episodes, characters go from atheist to real faithful person, people fighting through depression, all this and more happened to the series’ characters.

And that did definitely not happen in a sudden way, rather in a gradual one. The bottom line is these are characters that you really feel alive if you will.

midnight mass, man and his son praying

You can expect some captivating monologues especially with Hamish Linklater, monologues with deep messages, monologues with some weight on them if you will.

Samantha Sloyan also did a really good job, a purely evil character. Bottom line is that all the characters of the show took their space to grow.

In conclusion

I can’t speak about screenplay without talking about the plot of Midnight Mass, but I don’t see a way to do it without spoilers, so what you need to know is that the plot is perhaps one of the most marvelous plots of the Netflix series I’ve ever seen.

The series asks a ton of questions, with a flawless plot. Yeah that is it, thank you for reading the review, give me your thoughts in the comments, I would like to read them.

7 Shows similar to Midnight Mass

1 – The Haunting of Hill House

Deciding to move into an old haunted mention, a family made the mistake of their life. A mistake that affected each one of the family members!

Inspired by a true story, The Haunting Of Hill House is an extremely good horror series, one of Netflix’s finest!

2 – The Haunting of Bly Manor

Returning to us with the same crew and different story, The Haunting of Bly Manor, is not as good as The Haunting Of Hill House in my opinion, but it’s a cool series to watch.

3 – Jessie

AKA Gerald’s Game, take us into the world of a couple who wanted to kickstart their marriage by taking a trip to an isolated place. However, when Gerald decided to unleash his fantasies things got out of control.

4 – Hush

A deaf and mute woman, who lives alone in an isolated place when her house got attacked by a theive. So what is going to happen?

One of Flannagan’s best Horror Thriller movies, highly recommended.

5 – The Witch

The events of this movie take place in 1630, where a family is shatered as a result of witch craft.

6 – The Nun

The events of this movie take place in 1952, in an old church where a nun kidnapss people.

7 – The Conjuring Franchise

In the Conjuring, we follow the two investigators of paranormal events ED and Lorraine, and the evolution of their story throughout the franchise.

Can I watch Midnight Mass with family?

Well, you are going to be the judge for that, but a little warning; You can expect some rude language, as well as a light use of alcohol.

Concerning genitive or nudity content, there are no intimate things revealed, but there is a man and woman lying in bed. Moreover, in terms of Violence, there is the existence of a corps, as well as a lot of dead cats, plus a woman cutting her throat. However, in this scene, you can see it coming.

You can expect the use of the “F” word, not much but it’s used several times. there is a dog poisoned. Yeah, that’s it!

Can I Watch Midnight Mass on Amazon Prime

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Yes, the show is available on Amazon Prime, not worldwide though.

Can I watch Midnight Mass on Hulu?

No, the show is not available on Hulu, However, you can stream it on Netflix or Amazon Prime.

Why can’t I watch Midnight Mass on movies anywhere

Actually, for the moment Movies Anywhere do not have TV Shows in their library, Therefore you can’t find Midnight Mass over there. Moreover, even for movies, you can’t find all titles in there, because they don’t have the copyright for all the Producing companies out there.

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