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Netflix’s MIDNIGHT MASS Parents Guide Review

Netflix’s Midnight Mass is an intense horror/thriller which tackles religion, faith, life and death. Check out all the details in my parents guide series review.

Midnight Mass Parents Guide

Netflix’s Midnight Mass is dropping on the streaming service tomorrow, Friday September 24th! The limited series was created by Mike Flanagan, who is best known for his other Netflix hit series The Haunting Of Hill House and The Haunting Of Bly Manor. Unlike Flanagan’s earlier works, this new series takes horror to the church and has a deep religious tone throughout. Check out all the details in my parents guide series review.

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Midnight Mass Parents Guide

MIDNIGHT MASS tells the tale of a small, isolated island community whose existing divisions are amplified by the return of a disgraced young man (Zach Gilford) and the arrival of a charismatic priest (Hamish Linklater). When Father Paul’s appearance on Crockett Island coincides with unexplained and seemingly miraculous events, a renewed religious fervor takes hold of the community—but do these miracles come at a price?

Midnight Mass Parents Guide

Midnight Mass Age Appropriate Parents Guide

Lets take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids view Midnight Mass.

Language: Midnight Mass contains some very harsh language with profanity used throughout. Lookout words include: f*ck, sh*t, a**, d*mn and more.

Mature Content: Keep in mind this series is in the horror genre, so this one is not for the faint at heart. The series includes violent, brutal and graphic death scenes, murder, gore and more. There is drug use and drinking within the series and even a death related to drunk driving. There is a very graphic scene which shows a character burned alive.

Overall Thoughts

Netflix’s Midnight Mass was created by the genius mind of the Netflix series The Haunting Of Hill House and The Haunting Of Bly Manor, Mike Flanagan. Like Flanagan’s previous works, Midnight Mass has that scare factor and this shocking reveals to mysteries looming throughout the series. While this new series deviates from his previous “haunting” themes, it is simply amazing and will have you hooked with its creepy factor from the start.

As the title suggests, the new series has a very prominent religious Catholicism theme and is very heavy on dialogue, heavily quoting from the Bible. If you are a believer or not, this religious tone should not deter you from watching but only interest you more so. Diving into the aspect of “blind faith” it also has an intriguing side story of the Sheriff in town who is Muslim, revealing the prejudices in religious individuals. The series particularly delves into the book of Revelations which is not surprising, considering it is the darkest and most violent book in the Bible.

The cast of Midnight Mass is simply amazing. There is not one character which stands out above the rest, a true testimate to the actors stellar performances. Hamish Linklater who plays Father Paul was awkward, a bit creepy and full of mystery. Viewers were always left wondering what his true intentions were, adding to the mystery of the series.

The visuals in Midnight Mass definitely keep with dark tone of the series. Admittedly, at times the series looked a bit too dark, so much so I had trouble viewing some of the episodes during the day.  And this is a horror through and through, expect jump scares, murder, blood, gore and more. It is definitely not for the faint at heart.

Midnight Mass comes at a time when our own world is in much divide and one can see the parallels in the series and our world today. In creator Mike Flanagan’s own words: The darkness that animates this story isn’t hard to see in our world, unfortunately. We see it in religious and political fundamentalism, in tribalism and racism, in science-denial, in systemic corruption, and in the eyes of normal citizens moved to acts of violence and horror by belief systems that have exploited their prejudices, fears, and blind faith. It speaks to a malignant insanity that has become absolutely normalized in our world. And as Carl Sagan said, “there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.” 

Midnight Mass Parents Guide