Midnight Mass

“Take this, all of you, and drink from it. This is my blood. The blood of the new and everlasting covenant.”

If you were raised in a Catholic household, you’ve heard these words countless times.

Now let’s play a little “What it?”, shall we?

Suppose Bram Stoker got most of it right, but not all. What if vampires do indeed make new vampires by making their victims drink their blood before death, allowing them to resurrect as fellow vampires? He got that right. And suppose that exposure to sunlight does cause them to burst into flames, leaving a pile of ashes and dust? He got that right too.

But… what if vampires are not troubled whatsoever by religious symbols at all? The cross means no more to them than driftwood in the sand and they can enter a church as readily as a mausoleum? Maybe Stoker didn’t get that part right at all.

Now, what if an old priest, deep in the throes of dementia, takes a final pilgrimage to the holy land and wanders off, away from his group. He finds himself in the desert, where a sandstorm kicks up, pelting his skin like shards of glass. He finds a cave and makes his way in, seeking shelter from the storm and collapses, ready to accept death.

He’s not alone in the cave. A vampire comes to him and feeds him his blood before death takes him. He leaves the cave later on, young and strong again… and returns to his congregation.

Now, given this scenario, let’s revisit those words again.

“Take this, all of you, and drink from it. This is my blood. The blood of the new and everlasting covenant.”

Not quite the same, now is it?

Welcome to Mike Flanagan’s “Midnight Mass”, exclusively on Netflix.

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