The Midnight Club's Trailer Teases A Perfectly Terrifying Spooky Season Show
Fans of The Haunting of Hill House are gonna love this.
Mike Flanagan has made a name for himself as Netflix’s resident master of horror. From The Hauntings of Hill House and Bly Manor to the more recent Midnight Mass, he’s developed a following among those who appreciate good adaptations of horror genre classics. And with his new project, The Midnight Club, Flanagan is adding a new fandom to his already growing set of devotees: The Christopher Pike fandom.
Any kid from the 1980s or later should know the name Christopher Pike. His pre-teen horror novels were a Scholastic Book Fair staple for generations of kids discovering books beyond Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark. He put out somewhere on the order of three and a half dozen books between 1985 and 2010, from Slumber Party to Remember Me to his long-running The Last Vampire series.
The Midnight Club, released in 1994, is one of his standalone novels. Five terminally ill kids living in Rotterdam Home form a group that meets at midnight and tells each other horror stories to keep their spirits up and distract from the horror of their deteriorating conditions. The Netflix series expands on this somewhat, turning the group into a slightly larger collective and using the format as an opportunity to work in retellings of some of Pike’s other famous stories.
Here’s everything to know about the new series.
The Midnight Club Trailer
Like most of Flanagan’s Netflix series, fans only got confirmation of what The Mightnight Club was going to be about when the teaser arrived. In it, all eight club members are introduced, as is their creed: “To those before. To those after. To us now. And to those beyond. Seen or unseen. Here but not here.”
The trailer, which runs a full three minutes, arrived on Sept. 20, 2022, and gave fans a much more detailed look at the plot:
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The Midnight Club Cast
Flanagan tends to bring back some of the same actors from other projects. (Not unlike Ryan Murphy and American Horror Story.) In this case, those fans will recognize Midnight Mass’ Igby Rigney and Annarah Shephard among the club members. Netflix fans will also know Aya Furukawa, who played Janine in The Baby-Sitter’s Club, and William Chris Sumpter, who was in Starz’s superhero series Power. Several are also from Flanagan’s upcoming The Fall of the House of Usher, including Ruth Codd and Sauriyan Sapkota. Newcomer Adia rounds out the group. Zach Gilford, Matt Biedel (both from Midnight Mass), and Samantha Sloyan (The Haunting of Hill House) co-star.
And finally, The Bay’s Heather Langenkamp (best known to horror fans as American Horror Story’s Tupperware Lady) plays the mysterious doctor who runs Rotterdam Home.
The Midnight Club First Look Photos
Along with the trailers, Netflix dropped a few first-look photos of the cast, including this shot of Ruth Codd as Dana, partying it up at a club.
Here’s one of Iman Benson as Ilonka, with Igby Rigney as Kevin behind her in the doorway.
Here’s a closer shot of Kevin.
Here’s a shot of Sauriyan Sapkota as Amesh and Aya Furukawa as Natsuki. Note the latter’s haircut as...
....this spooky one of actor Aya Furukawa looks way, way different.
The Midnight Club Plot
Here’s the show’s synopsis, according to Variety:
Based on the Christopher Pike novel of the same name, the 10-episode show follows a group of seven teenagers at a hospice for terminally ill young adults known as the Rotterdam Home. The group, who dub themselves the “Midnight Club” due to their favorite activity of sharing scary stories at midnight, make a pact that the first one of them to go will be responsible with communicating with the rest of the group from beyond the grave. Of course, it isn’t difficult to figure out what happens next. When one of the group does indeed pass away, strange occurrences begin in the Rotterdam Home.
The Midnight Club Release Date
The Midnight Club will arrive with all 10 episodes on Netflix on Oct. 8, 2022.
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