‘The Midnight Club’ breaks jump scare record
A new Netflix horror mystery-thriller, The Midnight Club, has broken a record for the most scripted jump scares in a television episode.
Guinness World Records announced the feat on Wednesday, saying that the episodes 21 jump scares are a new record.
Guinness defines a scripted jump scare as a pre-planned action executed with the intent to make a person jump or scream in fright.
The series is based on Christopher Pike’s 1994 novel of the same name. The show follows a graduating high school senior who is awaiting admission into Stanford University.
However, she ends up being diagnosed with terminal cancer and ends up at Brightcliffe, a mysterious hospice run by an enigmatic doctor.
At the hospice she meets other patients with terminal illnesses and they make a pact that that the first one to die must send a sign from beyond the grave.
After one of them succumbs to their illness and passes away, a series of bizarre occurrences begin.
According to Guinness, series co-creator Mike Flanagan said that one of the reasons he wanted to break the record was to “pacify producers who are always asking him to add in jump scares.”