There are certain tropes in horror that are so deeply ingrained in pop culture it becomes hard to do anything new with them–and for the most part, this is totally fine. Not every story about a zombie apocalypse or a tortured werewolf has to reinvent the wheel. But at the same time, every once in a while, a story comes along that spins a classic idea into something new so effortlessly that it can’t help but feel mindblowing.
This just so happened to be the case with Netflix’s Midnight Mass, a miniseries created by Haunting of Hill House/Bly Manor maestro, Mike Flanagan, though it wasn’t part of that particular anthology universe. In Midnight Mass, a tiny island community is placed abruptly under siege by a mysterious evil that just so happens to coincide with the simultaneous arrival of a new priest, Father Paul, and a young man named Riley who was recently released from prison on the mainland for vehicular manslaughter. At once, it feels like something you might find in a Stephen King story–small town, possible monster–Crockett Island isn’t off the coast of Maine but it very well could be. But from there, things spin very abruptly out of control.
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