- TV News -Whatever Is Going On In This 'Midnight Mass' Trailer Is Freaking Me Out
Something strange is happening in a small island town, where a creepy priest is bringing miracles — and potential horrors — to the small ministry. At least, that's what I think is happening in the new Midnight Mass trailer. Honestly the new trailer for show, from Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan, is so full of weird images, I don't quite know what we're in for.
Between the return of Zach Gilford (aka Friday Night Lights' Matt Saracen), Haunting Of Bly Manor star Rahul Kohli showing up as a denim-clad sheriff, and the use of Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know," I barely had any brainwaves left to wrap my head around the zombie girl ghost, dead animals, suspicious baby, or the priest who can make a girl in a wheelchair walk with a simple command. Needless to say, I am both scared and horny.
There are so many small, creepy elements in the trailer that I don't even know where to start! Is it a ghost story? The story of how religion can become a cult? A corrupt priest? The haunting of a small town? From what I gather from the trailer, Midnight Mass is about a man (Gilford) who returns home after spending time in jail for what looks like an accident that killed a young woman — hence girl zombie ghost he sees in his childhood bedroom.
At the same time, a new priest, Father Paul (Hamish Linklater) arrives and things in town start getting weird. Dead animals wash up on the shores of the island, strange shadows start appearing out of nowhere, the power goes out, and a storm comes in. It's all very Biblical in terms of calamity, death, and destruction, which is the point, as Flanagan explained in an interview with Vanity Fair that Midnight Mass was inspired by religion and how it can be manipulated. "This isn't about just Catholicism, it's about the traditions of all our religions, especially ones that reach back into the ancient world," he said.
Oh, and there's a creepy thin man in a trench coat on the beach. Truly, the only creepy image missing from this trailer is someone looking possessed, crawling around the floor, but that could just be something they're saving for the actual show.
Midnight Mass is set to premiere on Netflix Sept. 24. I will be watching with the lights on.
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