Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House) is bringing an all-new horror series to Netflix in the form of Midnight Mass—and filming has officially wrapped.
“It has been an extraordinary, unprecedented production, and I cannot be prouder of this amazing cast and crew,” Flanagan wrote in a recent thread on Twitter. “In fact—and I do not say this lightly—this has been the best production experience of my career.”
Back in March, Midnight Mass was days away from shooting when production was shut down by the global pandemic. “We left our sets standing, dropped everything and frantically got our cast and crew to their homes as the lockdown began,” Flanagan shared. Filming resumed in August—and when it did, other productions began calling for advice.
“Our COVID safety protocols were thorough, scientific, and strictly enforced,” Flanagan noted. “Our precautions paid off—we did not miss a single day of production, and unlike a lot of other shows, we did not shut down once. Not one time. 83 shooting days, without interruption.”
Named after the book written by Maddie Young in Flanagan’s film Hush, and later appearing in Gerald’s Game, Midnight Mass sees an isolated island community experiencing miraculous events—and frightening omens—after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest. Flanagan directed all seven episodes of the series, which stars Kate Siegel, Zach Gilford, Hamish Linklater, Annabeth Gish, Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan, Henry Thomas, Rahul Abburi, Crystal Balint, Matt Biedel, Alex Essoe, Rahul Kohli, Kristin Lehman, Robert Longstreet, Igby Rigney, and Annarah Shephard.
“This series has been a dream project of mine for many, many years,” Flanagan added. “It is the most personal story I’ve ever told. I’ve been reluctant to direct a whole season again after Hill House, but I’m so glad I did in this case. I am so lucky to have worked with this cast and crew.”
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)