Thanks to The Midnight Club, Mike Flanagan may have discovered the one thing more unsettling than creepy kids: young adult cults. Netflix’s Geeked Week has just dropped the first teaser for Flanagan and Leah Fong’s upcoming mystery thriller. And wow, it’s been a while since a group of people clinking glasses felt so ominous.
The teaser wastes no time in getting to the core of this series and teasing its many mysteries. After the clock strikes midnight, the camera follows eight different people as they recite part of the following chant: “To those before, to those after, to us now, and to those beyond — seen or unseen, here but not here. Seen or unseen. Here but not here.” They then raise their glasses, seemingly oblivious to the unnerving shadows creeping around them or too used to them to care. Honestly, we don’t know which possibility is more disturbing.
The Midnight Club will mark the fourth series Mike Flanagan has created for Netflix. Whereas The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor were both emotional ghost stories and Midnight Mass was equally a monster tale as well as a reflection on religion, The Midnight Club is a noticeably younger take on horror. Based on the Christopher Pike young adult novel of the same name, the series follows a group of terminally ill patients who gather together at midnight to tell scary stories. During one of their gatherings, they make a pact that whoever dies first must do everything they can to contact the survivors. Do you want ghosts? Because that’s how you get ghosts.
The Midnight Club stars Iman Benson (#BlackAF), Adia, Igby Rigney (F9: The Fast Saga), Ruth Codd, Aya Furukawa (Cabin in the Woods, Brand New Cherry Flavor), Annarah Cymone (Midnight Mass), William Chris Sumpter (Power), and Sauriyan Sapkota as the patients. Nightmare on Elm Street final girl Heather Langenkamp will star as the doctor who runs Rotterdam Home hospice. But you know this isn’t a Flanagan flick without some familiar faces. Midnight Mass actors Zach Gilford, Matt Biedel, and Samantha Sloyan all have recurring roles in the series.
The spooky stories begin on October 7. Scroll up to check out the first teaser and remember: it’s always a bad idea to contact the dead, even when they’re your friends.