Mike Flanagan gave us THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, then followed it up with THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR. He chose not to continue this series of “haunting” stories, and says that he won’t revisit them unless he comes up with an idea worthy of the original two series. In the meantime, he’s going to focus on creating original works, the most recent of which is the new Netflix series MIDNIGHT MASS. I hadn’t paid a lot of attention to it up until now, since it will be a while before I get to see the series (damn you to hell, livestreaming!), but after reading up on it, I’m now all atwitter with anticipation.
The series tackles religious dogma. The monsters are killer angels. Color me intrigued. “Whenever God needs to do something horrible to someone in the Bible, he sends an angel,” Flanagan tells Entertainment Weekly. “Do you really want to meet a creature like this? Imagine what that creature must be like.” Word. For those of you who didn’t grow up in a Christian faith tradition like I did or like Flanagan did, angels are decidedly *not* the cute little cherub’s you see represented so often in pop art. They are terrifying and immensely powerful. The only difference between an angel and a demon is the side on which the entity fights. And the difference between such a being and a vampire? Not mucha one.
Guess I’m gonna have to see if I can’t find this series available from a bootlegger. Hypothetically.