Netflix has a new horror series from Mike Flanagan, the director behind The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Doctor Sleep, and Midnight Mass. According to Entertainment Weekly, the first installment now holds the record for the most jump scares in a single episode of television. Netflix held a New York Comic Con screening last night, showing fans the first episode of The Midnight Club. They also had a representative from Guinness on hand to make the record official. The Guinness World Record for the most scripted jump scares in a single episode of television — which is now 21 — belongs to Mike Flanagan's The Midnight Club episode "The Final Chapter." To be clear, it's the first episode of the show, but its title is "The Final Chapter."
The series is based on a 1994 Christopher Pike novel. Here's the official synopsis:
At a hospice for terminally ill young adults, eight patients come together every night at midnight to tell each other stories – and make a pact that the next of them to die will give the group a sign from the beyond. The Midnight Club is based on the 1994 novel of the same name as well as other works by Christopher Pike.
The cast is largely made up of relatively unknown teens playing the members of the titular Midnight Club, but it also features the return of '80s horror icon Heather Langenkamp. Langenkamp played Nancy Thompson, the final girl Freddy Krueger could never quite kill, across three of the A Nightmare on Elm Street movies.
The Midnight Club is out today on Netflix.