Midnight Mass was without a doubt my favorite show of 2021. Coming off the heels of The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of By Manor, creator Mike Flanagan had already made a name for himself in the world of horror and Netflix. And it seems the success he’d seen gave him an opportunity to take a few bold risks with his next project, which debuted on the streamer this past September.
Spoilers ahead for Midnight Mass.
The horror-drama follows the small town of Crockett Island, where everyone knows each other and everyone goes to church every Sunday. The town loves their pastor, Monsignor Pruitt, and is shaken up when a new guy comes around and says he’s there to temporarily fill in while Pruitt is off the island receiving medical assistance. Father Paul is played by the fantastic Hamish Linklater, who gives a performance of a lifetime in Midnight Mass.
The series is a major slow burn, but it really pays off in the end with a grand finale. The final two episodes of Midnight Mass, actually, are shocking, leaving viewers on the edge of their seat in horror.
As Netflix Life celebrates “The Besties” this week — an awards show where we highlight the best, the worst and the craziest moments from Netflix in the past year, there’s no way we could miss Midnight Mass, specifically one scene.
Midnight Mass is a must-watch for horror fans
In the penultimate episode, titled “Book VI: Acts of the Apostles,” the town attends a midnight mass ahead of Easter. There, all hell breaks loose when Father Paul — who’s revealed to be Monsignor Pruitt, just de-aged — and townswoman Beverly Keane (Samantha Sloyan) ask everyone to drink poison.
As we’d seen earlier on in the show, people die and come back to life after drinking blood from an angel (who really looks more like a frightening vampire). Pruitt himself dies and comes back to life, as does main character Riley Flynn (Zach Gilford).
But it’s not all miracles on Crockett Island. Though Pruitt believes the townspeople can become apostles of God if they sacrifice themselves and are resurrected by the angel blood, there’s a major downside. Those who are brought back lack iron, meaning they can’t go out in the sun and they crave human blood.
The biggest WTF moment in question is one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen, and I’m a huge horror fan! Reminiscent of the real-life Jonestown massacre in 1978, Pruitt and Beverly lead the churchgoers to their deaths as one after another drink the poison.
It doesn’t take too long for Pruitt to regret what he’s done after everyone begins attacking and feeding on each other, but it’s far too late. The damage is done, and nearly everyone on Crockett Island dies (for good).
Midnight Mass is a game-changer for Mike Flanagan, and it’s a must-watch for all horror fans.