'The Midnight Club' is the YA horror story to put on your Netflix watch list

Craving a scare?

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Craving a scare? The Midnight Club can help with that. 

Netflix will reimagine the '90s YA novel for the small screen later this year, just in time for the spooky season. Given that it's in the capable of hands of The Haunting of Hill House producers, we have a feeling you'll be treated to a few goosebumps. 

Like the best scary movies on Netflix, this tale has a dark plot: terminally ill teens are gathered in a hospice home and decide the convene at midnight to tell scary, mysterious tales. As the clock strikes 12 one night, the group of friends make a pact that the first member to pass away must send a sign to the rest of the friends from the afterlife. 

But, perhaps this isn't such a good idea. When the time actually comes and one of the Midnight Club teens passes away, frightening things begin happening in Brightcliffe Hospice (the Rotterdam Home in the novel). How will these frightening events unfold for young adults who are already grappling with so much?

'The Midnight Club' teaser

Although we aren't treated to much in the way of a plot, we are spooked by the creepy scenery alone. The Midnight Club teens convene in the home's rickety library that looks more menacing than inviting—especially when an unknown force in a black cloaked robe appears with every strike of thunder.

'The Midnight Club' cast

Although the lineup of actors has been revealed, it's unclear who will play who. Plus, there are a few extra faces in the Netflix series, raising the original Midnight Club members from five to eight.

Here are a few actors who you can expect to see, according to Inverse:

  • Iman Benson
  • Samantha Sloyan
  • Zach Gilford
  • Igby Rigney 
  • Heather Langenkamp 
  • Matt Biedel
  • Annarah Cymone 
  • Aya Furukawa 
  • Ruth Codd 
  • Yuki Morita 
  • William Chris Sumpter

'The Midnight Club' release date on Netflix

Patience horror fans: this project won't hit the streamer until October 7, 2022, so we have a bit of a wait.

But to keep busy in the meantime, you can:

A) Read The Midnight Club novel
B) Catch up on all of the best Halloween movies before October
C) Both...and repeat again come Halloween season

'The Midnight Club' book

Summertime—or anytime, really—is the perfect opportunity to indulge in a horror novel. Who doesn't love a spooky story by the campfire? (With s'mores, of course.) 

Ahead of the show's October release, kick back with the 1994 book while on the beach. If you're asking, "What should I read next?" we have a whole list of 2022 releases to keep you busy this summer.


The Midnight Club by Christopher Pike
$10.75, £6.88

Since you're currently in a Stranger Things mindset—check out all the tea the Duffer brothers have spilled on Stranger Things season 4—we figured we'd introduce you to your next scary stream. There might be a bit of a wait, but we have a feeling it'll be well worth it. 

Will you be joining the crew when the clock strikes midnight?

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

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