Netflix’s Ultra-Dark New Show Takes You Inside The Minds Of Serial Killers

Created by master of thrillers David Fincher

by Sarah Beauchamp

Set in the 1970s, in the wake of the Manson murders and before the term "serial killer" was even coined, Netflix's new show Mindhunter follows two FBI agents, played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, as they set out to interview the most sadistic murderers in the country in order to understand their psyche. 

"How do we get ahead of crazy if we don't know how crazy thinks?" McCallany's character says in the trailer. We see close-ups of black-and-white images of crime scenes juxtaposed with the murder's explanation. "Physically and mentally, I don't think people realize you need to vent," one serial killer says to Groff's character. "You know, there's a lot more like me." 

Created by David Fincher, the series combines two of his greatest films, Zodiac and Seven, which both center on serial killers. Fincher also directed Gone Girl, so he's very familiar with the creepy, dark content that this latest entails. Fincher will direct a few episodes and executive produce along with Charlize Theron. 

You can watch the unsettling trailer for Mindhunterpremiering October 13, above.