David Fincher has made two of the greatest, most polar opposite serial killer films in the history of cinema. And his new Netflix series, Mindhunter, gives us the master back in that space.
The series is based on John Douglas’ book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, and if this first teaser is any indicator this could be pretty amazing. Check it out:
Here is the extended synopsis of the book to give you perhaps an idea of what the series will entail:
In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases—and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares.
During his twenty-five year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious and sadistic serial killers of our time: the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle’s Green River killer, the case that nearly cost Douglas his life.
As the model for Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, Douglas has confronted, interviewed, and studied scores of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein, who dressed himself in his victims’ peeled skin. Using his uncanny ability to become both predator and prey, Douglas examines each crime scene, reliving both the killer’s and the victim’s actions in his mind, creating their profiles, describing their habits, and predicting their next moves.
Mindhunter will hit Netflix this October.