Midnight Mass has released its first trailer giving us a glimpse at the supernatural horror.
The show comes from the creators of both The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor. Mike Flanagan performed multiple duties as director, creator and executive producer alongside Trevor Macy.
Launching on September 24, the series 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?
The cast includes Zach Gilford, Hamish Linklater, Kate Siegel, Rahul Abburi, Crystal Balint, Matt Biedel, Alex Essoe, Annarah Cymone, Annabeth Gish, Rahul Kohli, Kristin Lehman, Robert Longstreet, Igby Rigney, Samantha Sloyan, Henry Thomas, and Michael Trucco.
Coping With Covid-19
The series filmed last year in Vancouver from August to December, one of the first shows to return after Covid. Flanagan explains the hurdles to production that were overcome:
“We began prepping this series in December, 2019. We were mere days away from shooting when the production was shut down in March 2020 because of the pandemic. We left our sets standing, dropped everything and frantically got our cast and crew to their homes as the lockdown began…”
“I kept in regular contact with the cast and crew during lockdown. When talk turned to resuming production, it became clear that we might be one of the very first shows to attempt it. There was no playbook. This was completely uncharted territory.”
“We resumed prep in July 2020, and actually began shooting on August 17th. By the time certain other productions were getting headlines for ‘leading the charge’ and ‘reigniting Vancouver production’ in early September, we’d already been quietly shooting for several weeks.”
“Our COVID safety protocols were thorough, scientific, and strictly enforced. 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.”
“Which isn’t to say it wasn’t harrowing. HUGE crew. Dozens of extras. Over 100 people in some interior scenes. It was the biggest and most ambitious project of my career thus far, and figuring out how to accomplish it safely became an unprecedented challenge…”
“It paid off. Other productions began calling for advice. As days turned into weeks and the weeks turned into months and we kept working, we began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It wasn’t just that we might actually wrap the show… we might actually wrap ON SCHEDULE…”
“This series has been a dream project of mine for many, many years. 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.”