'The Midnight Club' on Netflix: What diseases are kids of the horror show suffering from?
In the spirit of Halloween, Netflix flashed back to the '90s and brought its audience a mini-series as a trick-or-treat present instead of candies. 'The Midnight Club' is one of the highly anticipated series for the upcoming month. Wonder why? It is because of the splendid creator Mike Flanagan, whose work has attracted the praise of critics for his directing and lack of reliance on jump scares. Infamous names like Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, and William Friedkin, among others, have praised him for his spectacular work in the horror genre.
The series tend to locate at a hospice for terminally ill young adults, with eight patients, who come together every night at midnight to tell each other horror stories and find comfort in each other. They make a pact that the next of them to die will send the group a sign from the afterlife, but as with any good horror, expect nothing to be as it seems. Read more to know about the special eight kids of the Brightcliffe Hospice.
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'The Midnight Club' stars Sauriyan Sapkota as Amesh, Chris Sumpter as Spencer, Igby Rigney as Kevin, Adia as Cheri, Annarah Cymone as Sandra, Iman Benson as Ilonka, Aya Furukawa as Natsuki, and finally Ruth Codd as Anya. Each of them goes through some grave disease or has faced some accident. While one suffers from cancer, the other from HIV, if one is a lower-leg amputee wheelchair user, then the other is struggling with mental health issues which used to be stigmatized at that point. It is safe to say each of them will come with their own unique quirks, diseases, and personality.
In an interview with the Empire, the creator Flanagan revealed his experience working on the mini-series and how he's adjusting his approach to a project expected to skew younger when it comes to viewers saying, "One of the big things we assumed was that the younger viewers could handle scares." He further continued, "And to that end, viewers also shouldn't expect any long, intricate & intense monologues anytime soon. I wouldn't subject a viewer of 'The Midnight Club' to an eight-minute monologue." But that doesn't mean viewers should be expecting a "kinder & gentler" Flanagan, who wanted to make sure that the series kept with Pike's dark and sometimes brutally real literary world. "He [Pike] wrote some pretty advanced stuff for his younger readers, and it was not at all uncommon for his teenage characters to die, pretty shockingly," Flanagan explained. "His books were full of things I found really exciting and thrilling and dark. So I became a bit of an addict," said Flanagan.
'The Midnight Club' on Netflix is all set for its premiere on Friday, October 7, 2022, to give you that needed spooky feel in time for Halloween.