(Updated on 15 Oct 2022)
A treat awaits horror fans this spooky season. A Netflix adaptation of popular children’s horror fiction series Mr Midnight premieres on 24 October.
Borrowing a page from the genre, the shocker announcement on 29 Sep made waves through the pages of Mr Midnight’s Facebook, its book publisher’s flame of the forest publishing’s instagram, and a newly minted account for the show on instagram in what seems to be a coordinated scare tactic.
Starring in the show as the four teenaged characters are Malaysian actor Idan Aedan, Australians Caleb Monk and Nikki Dekker, and Singapore actor Chen Yixin.
Ms Chen, daughter of Singapore TV celebrities Edmund Chen and Xiang Yun, told 8world News that she went through more than “five rounds of auditions” before getting the role and is “very happy she got along with the foreign actors”.
When approached by TheHomeGround Asia, Ms Chen, who also acted in Disney+ Precious Is The Night and MeWatch Teenage Textbook, the series, said, “It was like living in a dream.”
Also in the cast are Singaporean actors Fir Rahman and Lim Yu-Beng. The show, according to 8world News, was filmed in Batam for five months and is listed with a PG rating on Netflix.
While the news of the Netflix production might come as a timely “jump scare” in the buildup to Halloween, it seems that the TV show has been in the pipeline for some time.
A poster was put on Mr Midnight’s Facebook page as early as 2015, hinting at the creation of the TV series.
Production company Beach House Pictures announced the development of the show on its webpage in 2018.
The source material written by Jim Aitchison, under the pseudonym James Lee, is among the longest running book series in the world and a childhood fixture of many Singaporean readers.
Since its debut in 1998, the series has published 129 editions with the latest being the Halloween special edition number 27 this month.