With the success of his Stephen King-adapted horror hit Doctor Sleep in 2019 and the acclaimed supernatural Netflix dramas Haunting of Hill House in 2018 and its follow-up, 2020’s The Haunting of Bly Manor, Flanagan seems to embrace the genre.
Flanagan’s new project for Netflix, Midnight Mass, feels like it could be the third instalment in his Haunting series. The director is known to link continuity between his projects, from working with the same actors and implementing an anthology format.
Earlier this week, the official Twitter account for The Haunting of Bly Manor account tweeted out a six-second video teaser with the accompanying text:
“We’re 30 miles from the mainland with only two ferries a day.”
In the video, an older-looking ferry boat ominously blares its siren and then cuts to a sign for the Crockett Island ferry information and schedule.
We’re 30 miles from the mainland with only two ferries a day. pic.twitter.com/VjFm8KTAvx
— Midnight Mass (@midnightmass) August 5, 2021
However, Flanagan has since confirmed in a follow-up tweet that Midnight Mass isn’t a new chapter in The Haunting series, so don’t expect another haunted house story.
No plans for a new HAUNTING series…
— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) August 5, 2021
According to Netflix, Midnight Mass is about:
“a community [experiencing] miraculous events and frightening omens after a mysterious priest’s arrival.”
Midnight Mass isn’t the only project on Flanagan’s plate at the moment. He has plans to adapt the horror comic There’s Something Killing the Children, which was written by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Werther Dell’Edera.
Then there’s The Midnight Club, a horror anthology series based on the novels by Christopher Pike following a group of terminally ill teenagers.
I enjoy Flanagan’s work and Midnight Mass looks to be right up my street.