Is Netflix’s ‘Midnight Mass’ Crockett Island Real?
For his latest horror series Midnight Mass, writer and director Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly’s Mansion) built a small town — the houses, the grocery store, the church — in the middle of a public park in British Columbia, just outside of Vancouver. He called it “Crockett Island”.
In March 2020, with the crew only days away from filming, production halted as the real horror of the pandemic began its first act. Flanagan and his team were forced to leave Canada and Crockett Island. From the plane, Flanagan watched his plateau, his small town, which would remain uninhabited for the next few months. At the time, he wasn’t sure if he would ever come back.
But in August, Flanagan and his crew became the first American series to begin production in Vancouver. With rigid Covid protocols, the team shot the show in 83 days without a break. In a series of tweets, Flanagan described the shoot: “The crew worked closely together for months without knowing what some people looked like in front of them. When we spotted someone changing a mask or drinking water in one of the ‘green zone’ plexiglass booths on the outskirts of the set, we’d be surprised to see each other’s faces. “
The series contains its own epidemic, a vampiric angel who sinks the small town, “Crockett Island”, into violent cannibalism as it is cut off from the mainland.
In reality it was an epidemic, but not cannibalistic. And that did not happen on Crockett Island.
Is Crockett Island a real place?
Crocket Island was not a real place before the series. With the construction of the series, the city become a real place.
But the city built by Flanagan was not built on an island. The fake town of Crockett Island existed as a massive ensemble within Garry Point Park, a public oceanfront space just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. The city and water plans are of the Canadian continent.
The island’s settlement plans, we are then led to believe, are the result of visual effects. There is no island that looks exactly like Midnight Mass‘s Crockett Island.
Still, there are several islands around Vancouver, accessible only by ferry, if you want to plan a Midnight–Mass-inspired journey to the Pacific Northwest. “Crockett Island” just isn’t one of them.
And the real tragedy of it all: If Crockett Island isn’t real, then neither is Crock Pot Luck.
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