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Mike Flanagan’s ‘Midnight Club’ Breaks World Record for Most Jump Scares in a TV Episode

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Jennifer Maas TV Business Writer Mike Flanagan has faced his worst fear: The jump scare. The “Midnight Mass” and “Haunting of Hill House” mastermind packed 21 separate instances of the classic horror trope into the premiere of his latest Netflix series, “The Midnight Club,” a tally so high it actually breaks the Guinness World Record for “most scripted jump scares in a single television episode.” A Guinness World Record official presented Flanagan and Co.

their certificate for the achievement during the “Midnight Club’s” New York Comic Con panel Thursday night, which included a preview of the premiere episode ahead of the show’s Friday launch. “This is particularly important to me because I hate jump scares and I think they are the worst,” Flanagan told reporters during a press conference earlier Thursday. “My whole career, people have been like, put more jump scares in, and do them faster!” Flanagan’s producing partner Trevor Macy jumped in: “There’s a meme about it, especially with movies, ‘Put more jump scares in the first act, it doesn’t work!'” “And I hate them, because I feel like it’s very easy to walk up behind somebody and smash things,” Flanagan said, with Macy noting that the “Midnight Club” character Spence (played by Chris Sumpter) is “channeling Mike” in the show when he calls the storytelling move “lazy as fuck,” and the storyteller, Natsuki (Aya Furukawa), proceeds to overuse the device to comical effect.

Flanagan says there was a method to the madness used in the “Midnight Club” premiere, because if he was going to do what he considered the wrong thing, he was going to do it the right way. “The notes were already coming in of, ‘time to do jump scares.’ So I thought, we’re going to do all of them at

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