Is Mike Flanagan’s ‘Midnight Mass’ better than ‘The Haunting’ franchise?
Midnight Mass is the next show from Mike Flanagan following his success on Netflix’s The Haunting franchise. The upcoming series, according to Netflix, follows “the tale of a small, isolated island community whose existing divisions are amplified by the return of a disgraced young man (Zach Gilford) and the arrival of a charismatic priest (Hamish Linklater).”
The real question is, well, is the series as good as The Haunting franchise? After all, The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor are some seriously excellent pieces of horror television. Can this new Netflix series, even with the same team behind-the-scenes, snatch that crown? Let’s see how critics feel about the new Netflix series.
#MidnightMass wrecked and healed me. A stunning, expansive reflection on faith, addiction, death and living. I don’t know how @flanaganfilm and co. did it but every single role feels authentic and perfectly captured. Not a single false note. Frightening. Illuminating. Powerful. pic.twitter.com/MvJcxIrZLm
— Richard Newby (@RICHARDLNEWBY) September 14, 2021
Well, it sounds like it sent someone.
Had the pleasure of seeing the first two episodes of @flanaganfilm's #MidnightMass. It's beautiful, haunting and quietly ratchets a growing sense of dread and mystery upon his island's denizens with his signature masterful hand. Cannot wait to spend more time in the Crock Pot.🐈
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) September 14, 2021
That’s just only two episodes?!
Oh. My. God. You will hearing this a lot, but #MidnightMass is astounding. THIS is what Mike Flanagan’s work has been building up to. This series perfectly balances religious themes, character depth, and traumatizing moments. It may be the best show of the year. pic.twitter.com/3i6cTlA9B7
— Austin Burke🎞TIFF (@theBurk3nator) September 15, 2021
Has Mike Flanagan topped The Haunting franchise?
#MidnightMass is nothing short of grand. @flanaganfilm dives deep into the recesses of himself & exorcises those demons that once lived there. It’s beautifully macabre in the way it deals with themes of religious hysteria + addiction while still weaving in moments of pure horror. pic.twitter.com/DU3PEx4Y1N
— Shannon 🎃🍭 @ All The Film Festivals (@shannon_mcgrew) September 14, 2021
Listen, the best horror ties into real world themes & fears.
HOLY F*CK. I just finished Midnight Mass – what a show. Mike Flanagan is a freaking genius. An absolutely terrifying story that is sure to have your heart pounding and is unafraid to dive into religious faith and doubt. Horror at its best.. full review coming soon.#MidnightMass pic.twitter.com/DEvPMcexDT
— Tessa Smith – Mama's Geeky (@MamasGeeky) September 15, 2021
Keep bringing us this, Mister Flanagan
Give us good horror!
I’m still unpacking my thoughts on #MidnightMass and may even watch it again to fully articulate them but it’s a masterpiece of thematically biblical proportions, that beautifully weaves in some truly important topics with such depth and poignancy. All while being truly scary.
— Jay Thomas (@AKAJohnAtkinson) September 14, 2021
Can’t wait to be astounded & terrified.
So sounds like we can talk about #MidnightMass and after 7 episodes, I was blown away! Far and away the best series @flanaganfilm has made. Bold, terrifying, and expertly blends religious allegories with supernatural horror. Has an absolute knockout turn from Hamish Linklater! pic.twitter.com/ZY8VtJJhGo
— Nate Adams (@TheOnlyCritic) September 14, 2021
It can all be grand
The Haunting is no longer Flangan’s best series to critics.
#MidnightMass is a powerful, devastating exploration of faith and fanaticism, which also happens to be bloody scary. The entire cast is excellent, but Hamish Linklater is the standout. It's @flanaganfilm's most personal, and imo best, work to date. Do not read any spoilers! pic.twitter.com/6Wms0D32Ca
— Mark Cassidy (@RorMachine) September 14, 2021
Hamish Linklater sounds like the one to watch.
Watched the first two episodes of #MidnightMass, and oh, horror peeps, you're in for a treat. @flanaganfilm creates the most nuanced characters, haunted by regret and loss, and offers them the possibility of redemption… Only to remind us all that faith can be a deadly gift.
— Issa López (@IssitaLopez) September 14, 2021
Horror peeps can have the series. As a treat.
Can now say that #MidnightMass, coming soon to @netflix, is the very best thing @flanaganfilm has ever done. It's full of creepiness, for sure, but also deep humanity and scene after scene that will break your heart (@k8siegel wow). Just get ready, this one will haunt you. Amen. pic.twitter.com/k5lmhB3xpJ
— Drew Taylor (@DrewTailored) September 16, 2021
Tears & fears
Can’t wait to be terrified and cry.
Do you love The Haunting series? Are you excited to see if Midnight Mass lives up to the hype from the critics? Let us know in the comments below!