David Fincher has built a pretty diverse directing resume over the course of his 25 years in the field, from The Social Network to House of Cards, but for many of his fans, myself included, he’s almost always at his best when digging into a crime drama. Whether it’s the high-concept intensity of Se7en or the true crime-based brilliance of Zodiac (still his best film), Fincher simply has a knack for making murder look good.
This fall, he returns to the genre in series form with Mindhunter, a new Netflix show based on the founding of the FBI’s now-legendary behavioral science unit, orignally chroinicled in a book of the same name by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker. (Jonathan Groff will play a fictional version of Douglas in the series.)
The first teaser for the series dropped this week. While it’s mostly just a series of images connected by an ever-evolving bloody inkblot, if you watch closely enough you get to see all the sexy, creepy, carefully lit Fincher goodness lurking right below the surface. It’s set in the ‘70s, too, so it’s kind of like Zodiac for the binge-watch crowd.
Mindhunter arrives in October.