Midnight Mass Star Rahul Kohli Says He Actually HATES Horror Movies

Midnight Mass star Rahul Kohli says that he actually hates horror movies, explaining that the genre messed him up during his childhood.

Midnight Mass star Rahul Kohli can’t stand horror movies. The actor, who stars in the new Netflix limited series, got his breakout role by playing Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti in iZombie. Airing on The CW from 2015 to 2019, iZombie focused on a doctor-turned-zombie who helps solve murders by eating the victims’ brains and briefly gaining access to their memories and personalities.

Kohli would follow up his run on iZombie by collaborating with Mike Flanagan on two horror series. First, in October 2020, he played Owen Sharma in The Haunting of Bly Manor. More recently, in Flanagan’s Midnight Mass, which arrived to Netflix on September 24, Kohli stars as Sheriff Hassan. As a Muslim, the sheriff finds himself at odds with Crockett Island’s mostly Christian population. Still, in spite of his filmography, Kohli admits he’s no fan of horror

Speaking with Men’s Health, Kohli touched on the fact that he hates horror movies. The actor explains that, as a child, he’d seen the seminal films Jaws and The Exorcist and that they’d both stayed with him in a negative way. The actor goes on to say that he initially avoided watching The Haunting of Hill House. But, after securing the part of Owen in Bly Manor, he had to watch it. You can read Kohli’s quote below.

Kohli is in good company, as far as performers that are deeply affected by their work in horror. Some of the most well-known horror movies, including The Exorcist, have included actors that have admitted to occasionally being afraid during filming. In that sense, horror is similar to other genres. The best dramatic portrayals tend to draw from genuine emotions and, at times, real experiences. Likewise, the best on-screen couples tend to have great chemistry off-camera. It stands to reason that great horror, in some sense, depends on buying into the fear on some level. And, from the sounds of it, Kohli was equally moved by The Haunting of Hill House as he was by two of the genre’s classics.

While there will be a fair amount of disagreement about how scary Midnight Mass actually is, it’s interesting to take note of the roles that Kohli has taken despite his aversion to horror. iZombie presented a well-worn genre trope as a sort of young adult drama tinged with comedy. The Haunting of Bly Manor and Midnight Mass, for their parts, delve into love and religious zealotry through the package of a scary story. Perhaps this helps to take the edge off. But, in any case, it’s safe to say that Kohli isn’t fully warming up to horror anytime soon.

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