New Netflix Horror Series Has More Jump Scares In First Episode Than Any In TV History

A new horror series that has just dropped on Netflix is already the owner of a Guinness World Record for most jump scares in a single episode.
Credit: Netflix

A new horror series that has just dropped on Netflix is already the owner of a very scary Guinness World Record.

The Midnight Club has broken the record for the most jump scares in a single episode of a TV show.

The show was created by Mike Flanagan who is famous for his work on The Haunting of Hill House, Doctor Sleep, Midnight Mass and The Haunting of Bly Manor.

He got presented with the record at Netflix’s headquarters in New York, with an official judicator confirming there was 21 jump scares in the premiere of The Midnight Club.

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Flanagan isn’t a huge fan of jump scares but decided to over the top in the new series to shut up people calling for more of them in his shows.

Speaking to Deadline, Flanagan revealed: “I thought, ‘We’re going to do all of them at once, and then if we do it right, a jump scare will be rendered meaningless for the rest of the series’. It’ll just destroy it.

“Kill it finally until it’s dead. But that didn’t happen. They were like, ‘Great! More [scares]!'”

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He continued: “My whole career, I completely s*** on jump scares as a concept, and I wanted to make sure it was pinned to me, too, as much as it is to the show, to Netflix, and all of us who have inflicted this on everyone.

“Now, I have my name in the Guinness Book of World Records for jump scares, which means next time I get the note, I can say, ‘You know, as the current world record holder for jump scares, I don’t think we need one here.'”

The Midnight Club
The Midnight Club has already broken the Guinness World Record for most jump scares in a single episode. Credit: Netflix

The Midnight Club is based on a novel of the same name, which was written by Christopher Pike and published in 1993.

The synopsis for the show reads: “At a hospice for terminally ill young adults, eight patients come together every night at midnight to tell each other stories – and make a pact that the next of them to die will give the group a sign from the beyond.”

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The Midnight Club has been a long-term passion project for Flanagan, who previously stated he had been ‘dreaming of this project’ since he was a teenager.

In a tweet announcing he would be adapting the novel, he wrote: “I’ve been dreaming of this project since I was a teenager.

“I cannot wait to embark on yet another adventure with my intrepid partner in crime (and television) Trevor Macy, as well as the fantastic crew we’ve been cultivating. More to come as we get closer to shooting.”

The Midnight Club is now available to stream on Netflix.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.