The spooky season brought with it a brand new Mike Flanagan production! Based on Christopher Pike’s 1994 novel of the same name, The Midnight Club was just released a day ago, on Netflix. These beautifully made horror mystery-thriller chronicles follow the lives of terminally ill teenagers residing at Brightcliffe Hospice, who meet up every night to share their streaks of heartfelt horror stories. We know that the Midnight Club is partially based on real events, but most of the information about the series is yet to be revealed. Many questions have arisen – especially about the filming locations. The auteur of the series is already well known for instilling veneration and fear through impeccable mise-en-scène, and his latest project is no different. So, where was The Midnight Club filmed?
The Midnight Club was filmed entirely in British Columbia, Canada; particularly, in Burnaby and Vancouver. The mysterious manor, Brightcliffe Hospice, unfortunately, is not a real place – and, neither is the facility featured in the original novel (Rotterham Home).
In this article, we’re going to cover everything; from the exact filming locations and dates to the connection between The Midnight Club and Flanagan’s other shows. Stay tuned!
The Midnight Club Filming Locations
The Midnight Club was entirely filmed in British Columbia, Canada, though in multiple locations. According to the sources online, the project began production on March 15, 2021, and was planned to conclude on September 8, 2021, but actually finished production on September 10.
Here is a quick list of the filming locations:
Metro Vancouver, British Columbia
According to Flanagan himself, principal photography officially kicked off in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. From thereon, filming took place throughout the entire summer, in various locations. Apparently, the crew was even spotted filming in the Ladner Village, a market located just 20 minutes south of Vancouver.
The location was chosen for filming simply because it aligned well with the look that they were going for in the series. “We needed to find a building that had three empty storefronts so that we could completely dress the way we needed to”, one of the filming crew members explained to Delta Optimist.
Although there was a significant amount of episodes six and seven’s scenes taking place outside of storefronts, there was additional filming, too – which took place at the Ladner United Church, the Spanish Banks beaches (also in Vancouver!), as well as few other locations in the city of Surrey.
Burnaby, British Columbia
The crew members also utilized the locales of Burnaby, a city in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. “The Bridge Studios“, located at 2400 Boundary Road, served as the main production location. This exact studio has also served as a filming site for other Flanagan’s big projects, such as The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, and The Midnight Mass.
The studio facility consisted of 13 sound stages that ranged from 4,500 to 18,000 square feet. Apart from that, there were several other executive offices, kitchens, meeting rooms, and green screen points. Can you imagine that?
Throughout the series, there can also be Central Park (3883 Imperial Street) spotted in some scenes.
While some of the critics are in awe by the production and the heartfelt story of The Midnight Club, others deemed it as a “rare Flanagan Misfire”. According to Den of Geek, Netflix’s latest horror effort has a charming YA sensibility, but – not enough scares.
Because of the story-within-story (embedded narrative) concept in the series, the format does a great job of highlighting the importance of stories and storytelling, especially in tough times or unfathomable grief. And, most of the stories featured in The Midnight Club are truly vibrating and interesting, but some of the critics thought that they’re way too stretched across episodes, which stalls their momentum.
Not only that, but constant dabbling with otherwise immeasurably difficult concepts, such as death, can be very desensitizing to viewers. “The frequency in which characters launch into passionate speeches begins to have a numbing effect; by the tenth monologue about what it feels like to know that you’re dying, your eyes can begin to gloss over”, Den of Geek’s Nick Harley said.
Is The Midnight Club Connected to Mike Flanagan’s Other Works?
Simply put, Mike Flanagan is an auteur; his filming style is specific and saturated with uniqueness. Despite his use of mise-en-scène being widely recognized throughout many other of his projects, plot-wise, The Midnight Club is a stand-alone show, not related to any other of his works.
For example, although The Midnight Club and The Midnight Mass share a similar title and cinematic style, neither of the shows belongs within the same universe. It’s worth noting that you also shouldn’t get confused by similar castings; Flanagan is keen on working with the same actors in multiple projects, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the shows are connected.
So, The Midnight Club is related to neither The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, nor The Midnight Mass. Sorry! But, if you do decide to watch them – all the shows will be worth your time, we promise.