Based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Christopher Pike and created by Mike Flanagan and Leah Fong, Netflix’s The Midnight Club is a horror mystery series. After being diagnosed with terminal thyroid cancer, teenager Ilonka learns of Brightcliffe Hospice, a facility for young adults in similar circumstances, and convinces her adoptive father to admit her there. She secretly hopes for a cure as she has read that a young girl left Brightcliffe years before completely cured of her terminal illness.
At the facility, Ilonka befriends the other seven residents and discovers that they meet every day at midnight in the library to tell each other scary stories. The writers of ‘The Midnight Club’ use elements of horror and mystery to give structure to the narrative, while the series tackles themes such as friendship, family, faith, loss and attempts at reconciliation. with its own reality. If you watched The Midnight Club and liked it, here is a list of recommendations that might suit your tastes. You can watch most of these shows similar to ‘The Midnight Club’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. The Order (2019-2020)
‘The Order’ tells the story of student Jack Morton, who, like Ilonka, joins a secret society. However, in Jack’s case, the Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose practices and teaches magic, unlike the Midnight Club. In The Order, Jack also becomes a member of the Knights of St. Christopher and begins to investigate the secrets of both organizations. The Order is a fun series full of action, adventure and magic. Unfortunately, it was canceled after two seasons.
7. Open Your Eyes (2021-)
Like The Midnight Club, the Polish thriller series Open Your Eyes tells the story of a group of young people residing in a healthcare facility. At the beginning of the series, Julia discovers that she is in a treatment center for amnesiacs, without knowing how she got there. Over the course of the series, she befriends other residents and realizes there is something deeply sinister about their new home.
6. The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)
‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ is the second entry in Flanagan’s ‘The Haunting’ anthology series following ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ and is based on the 1898 novella ‘The Turn of the Screw’ by Henry James. Bly Manor may have had a more mixed reception than Hill House, but it’s the first series in which Flanagan effectively uses horror elements to focus on the human side of the story, much like The Midnight Club. and any of the other series on this list. Bly Manor follows an American ex-boss, Dani, who is hired as an au pair by a British aristocrat for his children. After arriving in the titled house, Dani begins to experience supernatural incidents.
5. American Horror Story (2011-)
‘American Horror Story’ is an anthology series whose plot and cast of characters differ each season. In season 3, titled American Horror Story: Coven’, the plot revolves around the descendants of survivors of the Salem witch trials. Even in the modern world, these people face constant danger from forces that seek to harm them. The seventh season of AHS focuses on a cult, which, like witchcraft, forms an important part of the narrative of ‘The Midnight Club’.
4. Supernatural (2005-2020)
One of the hottest TV shows of the 21st century, ‘Supernatural’ follows the Winchester brothers – Sam and Dean – as they travel across America chasing things that happen in the night. Over its 15 seasons, Supernatural has portrayed countless types of antagonists, including death cults, which have also found their way into the overall narrative of The Midnight Club. Moreover, the bond that Ilonka develops with the seven other residents of Brightcliff is as strong as that which unites the Winchester brothers.
3. The Haunting of Hill House (2018)
A loose adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s eponymous 1959 novel, The Haunting of Hill House travels back and forth between two timelines. One follows the Crain family in 1992, when they lived in the titled house and were victims of supernatural incidents. The second is set in the present, as the five Crain siblings continue to struggle with horrifying memories of their time at the Hill House. Like all of Mike Flanagan’s other projects on this list, The Haunting of Hill House is much more than a horror show, dealing with themes such as family, bereavement, and tragedy.
2. Stranger Things (2016-)
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Set in the 1980s in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, ‘Stranger Things’ revolves around a group of young and adult characters who must battle otherworldly beings to protect their town and people. that they like. Stranger Things is a love letter to the 1980s, a concentrate of pure nostalgia for fans of the entertainment content that emerged during this decade. ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘The Midnight Club’ both have a mostly young adult cast and are set in the past, though the latter is more focused on deepening its theme.
1. Midnight Mass (2021)
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Yet another Mike Flanagan creation, ‘Midnight Mass’ is set in a small settlement atop Crockett Island. A former resident returns home after spending four years in prison for killing someone while driving under the influence of alcohol. His return coincides with the arrival of the town’s enigmatic new priest, who seems to have the ability to perform miracles. Like The Midnight Club, Midnight Mass is not limited by any particular genre. It has a dense narrative, rich in dialogue, and explores themes such as faith, redemption, agency and addiction.