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'The Midnight Club' on Netflix: Who is Mike Flanagan? All about creator of horror series this Halloween

Mike Flanagan has quickly become a celebrated figure for his work on bringing horror to television with critics and audiences alike
Mike Flanagan's next project is the recently teased 'The Midnight Club,' a horror mystery-thriller series (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Mike Flanagan's next project is the recently teased 'The Midnight Club,' a horror mystery-thriller series (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Horror is usually the most interesting genre there is. Films in the genre of horror films or mystery thrillers often deal with dark themes and can be transgressive. Common elements include monsters, apocalyptic events, and religious or folk beliefs. The cinematic techniques used in horror films have been shown to evoke psychological responses in audiences. One who knows this genre best is Mike Flanagan.

In May 2020, it was announced an adaptation of Christopher Pike's young adult novel 'The Midnight Club' would be created for Netflix by Mike Flanagan and Leah Fong. Life isn't perfect but the creators really proved to us that at least the series that we watch can be, as the project began production in March 2021, in Burnaby, British Columbia, and was planned to conclude in early September 2021, but actually finished production on September 10. The first two episodes of the series are directed by Flanagan, and other episodes in the season were helmed by directors Axelle Carolyn, Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Michael Fimognari, Morgan Beggs, and Viet Nguyen. But this is about the horror veteran Flanagan! Wondering who is Mike Flanagan. Learn more about the creator of the horror series this Halloween!


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Mike Flanagan is a filmmaker. Flanagan's work has attracted the praise of critics for his directing and lack of reliance on jump scares. Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, and William Friedkin, among others, have praised him. He also co-owns Intrepid Pictures. 

Flanagan is best known for his horror films, all of which he directed, wrote, and edited, including 'Absentia' (2011), 'Oculus' (2013), 'Hush, Before I Wake, Ouija: Origin of Evil' (all 2016), 'Gerald's Game' (2017), and 'Doctor Sleep' (2019). He is also known for having created, produced, and served as a showrunner on the Netflix supernatural horror anthology series. The Haunting consists of 'The Haunting of Hill House' (2018), a season based on Shirley Jackson's novel of the same name, and 'The Haunting of Bly Manor' (2020), a season based on the horror novella 'The Turn of the Screw' by Henry James, both of which he has directed, written and edited episodes of. Flanagan also created and directed the Netflix horror mini-series 'Midnight Mass' in 2021, as well as the upcoming series 'The Midnight Club'.

Flanagan is married to the famous actress Kate Siegel, who has been featured in most of his works since 'Oculus' and they also wrote the screenplay of 'Hush' together.

'The Midnight Club' is all set for its premiere on October 7, 2022, only on Netflix.