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Midnight Mass - Netflix

  • 09-08-2021 2:40pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 55,604 ✭✭✭✭ Agent Coulson


    From the creator of The Haunting of Hill House,

    Drops September 24th,


    MIDNIGHT MASS introduces Crockett Island, an isolated island community that experiences miraculous events - and frightening omens – following the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest.





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  • Registered Users Posts: 16,347 ✭✭✭✭ Nalz


    What's the verdict?



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,449 ✭✭✭ CQD


    I thought it was pretty good..



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,299 ✭✭✭✭ TheValeyard


    I dunno.....


    Ive made it through four episodes. Im debating whether to watch the rest.


    I LOVED 'The Haunting of Hill House', the other one 'Bly Manor' was alright and watchable.

    This is just endless monologues. Its so slow moving, literally one thing happens per episode and thats it.

    oh yeah, I feel like ive actually been to mass, repeatedly.

    Fcuk Putin. Glory to Ukraine!



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,566 ✭✭✭ cena


    This series has nothing to do with the previous series. It is a stand alone show



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,299 ✭✭✭✭ TheValeyard


    Well that's obvious. But same director and some of the same cast.

    Was expecting more, as in something to actually happen.

    Fcuk Putin. Glory to Ukraine!



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  • Registered Users Posts: 335 ✭✭ 8mv


    I'm enjoying it. Just finished episode five. I think Hamish Linklater is very impressive.



  • Registered Users Posts: 16,347 ✭✭✭✭ Nalz


    Yeah I had mixed emotions. I disliked the long unnecessary dialog at times and the plot bar one or two things was obvious to me.

    I'm in the minority among my friends and family though.



  • Subscribers Posts: 36,062 ✭✭✭✭ sydthebeat


    its the poorest of the loose trilogy of Blyth manor, hill house and this one. Monster horror doesnt really do it for me, and the slightly different view of vampirism just reminded me of "what we did in the shadows" obviously without the humour.

    as already mentioned linklater was the best thing about it, though throwing an obscene array of Nice Cave vibes



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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,749 ✭✭✭ s8n


    fantastic show. best of the Netflix horror shows and loved the way it adapted the bible passages to fit the narrative.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,335 ✭✭✭ SoulWriter


    poor. first few weren't bad but angels flying around churches and the long boring chats. Far too unbelieveable for me . Good acting though



  • Registered Users Posts: 335 ✭✭ 8mv


    But it wasn't an angel, SW. And where would we be without monologues? I thought is was ambitious and thought-provoking - it didn't deliver 100% but I enjoyed watching it have a damn good shot at it...

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,335 ✭✭✭ SoulWriter


    i understood it to be an angel. I could never believe in something like that too far out for me. Psychological thriller yes, its based in some reality but i don't believe in angels. the parts with Neil Diamond over the interludes were nice



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,672 ✭✭✭ joe40


    I thought the show was great, slow moving but really absorbing.

    Coming from Ireland and like many here no doubt, been familiar with catholic mass etc it struck me that I never really saw that represented as accurately before in a TV show.

    The sense of a small town mass was something that was very familiar, even though based in America. The similarities were stark

    Obviously without the vampires...



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,335 ✭✭✭ SoulWriter


    familiar with catholic mass etc it struck me that I never really saw that represented as accurately before in a TV show

    That is true actually. Well made and well acted



  • Registered Users Posts: 642 ✭✭✭ Skyrimaddict


    It was a good show to be fair, not the best one I have watched but very good all the same.

    Great acting from Hamish Linklader and the lady who played Bev Keane ( I wanted to smash her smug face in)

    The overall plot was OK, I liked how it was given as a basic vampire plot, but viewed through a religious zealot and a priest who even found his faith tested ( again after fathering a child)

    Some bits were silly, like the ending, I mean could someone not have hidden in any one of the smaller boats over turned or in even some of the fridge units etc.


    I really liked poor Joe also, he was the best one for me.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,985 ✭✭✭ Zak Flaps


    I thought it was ok. After 3 episodes i was really enjoying it but i thought it went slowly downhill afterwards.

    I didn't like the drawn out conversations.

    Agree with those earlier praising Hamish Linklater and Samantha Sloyan.



  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,230 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    Caught the first 3 episodes of this, and hot damn I'm hooked. I speculated in the Film forum if Mike Flanagan is the inheritor to John Carpenter's throne as a master of horror - and I'd be hard pressed to find a compelling reason to say not.

    I could see why the drawn-out, moribund atmosphere might frustrate those looking for more straightforward thrills and scares. For sure I wasn't expecting so much actual mass in Midnight Mass; but it's a credit to what I've seen so far that if there wasn't a monstrous element, this island's story would remain a good, intriguing watch. Not least because as is often with these things, the greatest monsters are the ones we create ourselves. Chiefly, religious zealotry.

    And yes, gotta nod towards Hamish Linklater; the guy has been knocking out a performance that make you think if he doesn't get a nomination for this, it'll be a shock.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,894 ✭✭✭ PokeHerKing


    Agreed. A lot of verbal diarrhoe for individual characters that I think could have been way shorter. Like a drawn out Stephen King paragraph at times.

    But I still enjoyed it overall as a show. Just like I enjoy a good King book despite it's flaws.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,497 ✭✭✭ muddypaws


    I don't like horror shows or films and this was recommended to me without saying that's what it is. But I loved it, and glad that I'm not the only one who thought of Salems Lot - which is probably why I don't like horror, I saw that too young and it terrified me.


    Great monologues, and excellent acting, which is probably what stopped it being an out and out horror, vampire show.



  • Registered Users Posts: 15,628 ✭✭✭✭ Mantis Toboggan


    On episode 5 started well but going down hill alright, all a bit ott


    IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: "In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom"

    Irish Proclamation



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,495 ✭✭✭ cdgalwegian


    100% agree.

    Not a fan of horror, (though I did enjoy Flanagan's Oculus), but this falls into a category I'd call 'cerebral horror'. It's so damned clever.

    MAJOR SPOILERS:

    (The thread title should have spoilers in the title as it's best going in not knowing what it's about).

    Flanagan didn't just have some tricks up his sleeve, like importing 'The Walking Dead' surprise of having everyone pre-set to come back to life after death- in this case having drank the blood of the supposed 'angel'. Re-imagining the Dracula story is one thing, but this was blended with a really clever critique of religious faith, with a sharp eye on the way interpretation can be warped to whatever ends that drive us. The Jewish death-and-resurrection cult that was transformed by St Paul into what came to be called Christianity, and evangelized, is brought out well here, and is a central plank in the story, so it was an interesting choice to have used a Muslim character here- who wouldn't have taken communion, rather a Jewish one.

    The long segments of dialogue were great; clearly signalling the unfolding meanings, and hints of what was to come. Fantastic tv in every sense.



  • Registered Users Posts: 38 TaSeThat


    Started watching this from a thread somewhere on boards with tv recommendations. The recommendations i've gone through so far:

    1. The North Water - good and watched all
    2. Succession - 4 eps in and gave up. Will possibly go back to it and did not think it was bad, just maybe not in the mood for it
    3. Midnight Mass - 4 eps in and what a tv show. Great pace, not over-playing the horror element and full of symbolism. The scene where the two characters talk about their different versions of what they believe happens when they die. That scene may have been 5 mins long or 20 mins long I'm not sure but was masterful.....the dialogue, acting, score. It's great, after watching so many tv shows and films, that scenes like this can still blow me away. Looking forward to the remaining episodes in this. Thumbs up to the thread and user who recommended this.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,517 ✭✭✭ Glebee


    Never usually watch horror genre but started to watch this last night for some reason. 3 episodes in and liking it so far. Actually looking forward to gettign back into it tonight.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,361 ✭✭✭ spookwoman


    Just finished it tonight spanning over about a week. Had going at times, the bible thumping is overkill and got to a point where I could only watch a episode a night. It felt like I was at mass and trying to be converted with the monologues that just seem to go on and on.

    Started off fine but then it becomes a slog till the 2nd last episode where it picks up again. Netflix need to get someone else in now Flannagsns last work Bly Manor and this are terrible compared to Hill House.



  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,230 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    Finished this up last night, and damnit if it didn't end with that classic, dangling Question Mark. I'm not a fan of those sort of things, preferring my stories tied up with a bow - but I did appreciate how this instance was left entirely up to the imagination of the viewer.

    Did the "angel" make it to the mainland with those tattered wings??

    Overall, and my opinion remains the same. Fantastic show. I respect how the slow pace and many discursive dialogue scenes might have been maddening to those eager for purer, more linear thrills or chills - but it was always in service of the themes, tone and fleshing out of this community. When the axes did fall, it made shocks more impactful, the tragedies a little sadder.

    It also felt like a show you couldn't make a couple of decades ago; the Catholic Church would have been up in arms over a mainstream TV show making those kind of bold swings, linking the Eucharist to the themes and details of the monstrous part of the story. Maybe they were, but shows how little relevance they have that it went unreported



  • Registered Users Posts: 682 ✭✭✭ Mr.Fantastic


    From vampire lore.


    It seems that when the mayor's daughter loses the feeling in her legs again, indicates the angel or master vampire in this is gone.

    As her and the main characters brother they were not fully corrupted yet and lost any "benefits" they might have had


    Also the young lad remarks he wouldn't make it with those wings.



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  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,230 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    That's not how I read it;

    My reading was that with each day, the vampire blood got burned outta the system from those taking communion - and without killing the human due to the lower levels. The doctor spit-balled this idea previously when they realised what was happening.

    And as we know the girl had been attending mass every day, taking the tainted wine so keeping her healed. Then when everything went tits up; morning eventually came, the trace amounts of vampire blood left her system and so she started reverting to her original, crippled state.

    I still think the vampire is dead though; 30 miles to the mainland was a long way, and even if he flew at 30mph it'd take an hour to get to land. No chance it could make that speed with its wings.



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