As part of The Midnight Club’s New York Comic Con panel, Netflix reveals that the show holds the record for the most jump scares in 1 episode.
At The Midnight Club‘s 2022 New York Comic Con panel, it was revealed that the show holds the Guinness World Record for the most jump scares in one episode. The Midnight Club Mike Flanagan’s latest horror show set to premiere on Netflix. The movie marks the latest addition to what is quickly becoming referred to as the Flanagan-verse. Flanagan is the creator behind four horror series on Netflix – The Haunting of Bly Manor, The Haunting of Hill House, Midnight Mass, and The Midnight Club. While his stories aren’t interconnected, they share a similar style and have even used the same actors and themes across shows.
The Midnight Club is an adaption of Christopher Pike’s 1994 novel of the same name. It centers on eight hospice patients who gather around to tell horror stories at midnight every night. However, the club soon begins to experience mysterious supernatural occurrences. Iman Benson, Adia, Igby Rigney, Ruth Codd, Aya Furukawa, Annarah Shephard, William Chris Sumpter, and Sauriyan Sapkota star as The Midnight Club‘s eight titular characters. While some fans are accustomed to Flanagan’s signature style of horror, it seems The Midnight Club will go against some of his conventions.
At The Midnight Club NYCC panel, it was revealed that the show holds a record for the most jump scares in one episode. The first episode of The Midnight Club reportedly has a staggering 21 jump scares within it. A Guinness World Record keeper confirmed that this is, indeed, a new record for jump scares in a single show. What’s interesting is that Flanagan has become known for his hatred of jump scares and his refusal to rely on them to spark fear in viewers.
How Scary Will The Midnight Club Be?
With the news that Flanagan’s The Midnight Club will set a record for most jump scares in one episode, audiences are likely concerned about just how scary the show will be. It is unclear who held the record for the most jump scares in one episode previously. However, for comparison, the current record for most jump scares in a film is 32 from The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia. Given that a Midnight Club episode is roughly half the length of a feature film, it is pretty clear that it has a lot of jump scares. Of course, having lots of jump scares doesn’t necessarily equate to scariness. It means it has a lot of very basic, jumpy scariness in it, but might not boast the grittiness or terror of a mature horror film.
The revelation that Flanagan is going against his signature style and upping the jump scares is likely to spark debate among horror fans. There is a long-held discussion about what constitutes true horror. Some feel that jump scares are cheap, while more sophisticated horror films rely on truly instilling a sense of horror in viewers. However, viewers should also keep in mind that Flanagan’s preconceived notions of jump scares could very well mean his use of them in The Midnight Club will be satirical. Ultimately, viewers will have to see for themselves how scary The Midnight Club is and whether a plethora of jump scares equates to true horror or not.