The Midnight Club Is Now Recognized As A Classic Horror Trope In The Guinness Book Of World Records
There is a contender for the Guinness World Record for the most scripted jump scares in a single television show. Coincidentally (well, not really), a new Netflix series is debuting at the same time.
At the Netflix New York headquarters on Thursday, co-creator of the series Mike Flanagan and his creative team were given a certificate honoring the new record of 21 jump scares. The Midnight Club, his new series, will premiere on the streamer the following day.
Adjudicator Andrew Glass, a representative of Guinness, was present to make it official.
I reasoned, “If we do it perfectly, a jump scare will be rendered useless for the rest of the series. We’re going to perform all of them at once. It will only be destroyed. Kill it until it is dead at last, but that didn’t happen. They said, “Great! More [frights]!”
The teen novel by Christopher Pike was adapted for television in The Midnight Club, which Flanagan and Leah Fong jointly created. The story takes place in Brightcliffe Hospice, a facility for adolescent patients with a sinister past.
Each night at midnight, eight of the residents—Iman Benson’s Ilonka, Adia’s Cheri, Igby Rigney’s Kevin, Annarah Cymone’s Sandra, Aya Furukawa’s Natsuki, Ruth Codd’s Anya, Sauriyan Sapkota’s Amesh, and Chris Sumpter’s Spencer—convene in the library for meetings of the Midnight Club, a group that meets to share ghost stories
Jump scares are a concept that I have consistently rejected throughout my professional career, so I wanted to be sure that it was placed on me as much as it is on the program, Netflix, and all of us who have subjected everyone to it.
I can now remark, “You know, as the current world title holder for jump scares, I don’t think we need one here,” the next time I get the note because my name is now listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for jump scares.
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