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What is the Flanaverse - Mike Flanagan’s Netflix project explained

What is the Flanaverse? Fans of horror movie director Mike Flanagan will have noticed the term Flanaverse, so here's what we know about the Netflix project.

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What is the Flanaverse? If you’re a fan of horror, you probably know the name Mike Flanagan. He’s the man behind Doctor Sleep, which is the sequel to The Shining. He’s also known for his original work, and is the creator of The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor, in addition to Midnight Mass.

Most recently, Mike Flanagan helmed one of the best TV series of 2023: The Fall of the House of Usher. So whether you’re a Flanagan fanatic, or simply a fan of finding the best horror movies we’re willing to bet you’ve heard of the Flanaverse. Netflix, which Flanagan had a deal with to make new shows, helped coin the term, and now we’re unpacking what exactly the Flanaverse is as it continues to grow in new and exciting directions.

What is the Flanaverse?

The Flanaverse was originally a space on Netflix which is dedicated to the works of Mike Flanagan, collating all his shows and movies on the streaming service. This makes Netflix, and its Flanaverse space, essential for admirers of his work, or horror aficionados more generally.

The Flanaverse contains a catalog of Mike Flanagan’s Netflix original movies and horror series, in addition to a few of his other projects too. The Midnight Club was the latest addition to the Flanaverse, prior to the release of the excellent The Fall of the House of Usher in October 2023.

However, since Flanagan’s deal with Netflix ended, the term has broadened out: any series or movie created in Flanagan’s trademark style, featuring his regular cast, is a Flanaverse project.

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What is on the Flanaverse collection on Netflix?

The horror movies and TV series that are currently included in Netflix’s Flanaverse are Gerald’s Game, Before I Wake, The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Midnight Mass, The Midnight Club, and The Fall of the House of Usher. 

Sadly, because Mike Flanagan’s deal with Netflix has concluded no new content from Flanagan will be arriving on the streaming service’s Flanaverse.

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Will the Flanaverse move to Amazon Prime?

Mike Flanagan has ended his deal with Netflix, and will be bringing new shows to the streaming service Amazon Prime instead. This comes after the cancellation of The Midnight Club season 2, and after Flanagan complained that Netflix was not correctly managing the release of his shows. This means that The Fall of the House of Usher will be his last Netflix series.

Going forward, new Mike Flanagan projects will stream on Amazon Prime, starting with his much-anticipated adaption of The Dark Tower novels. However, because his older series for Netflix were Netflix originals, it looks like they will be staying on that platform, rather than migrating to Amazon Prime.

That’s the lowdown on the Flanaverse. If you want more horror vibes, learn about the Usher family tree before reading our The Fall of the House of Usher review. Or, see why there won’t be a Fall of the House of Usher season 2, including what the filmmaker’s next project will be. If you want more like this, see our picks for the best horror series too.