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Friday 13th of October, the unluckiest of days, in the spookiest of months, is also the day that Netflix releases Mindhunter.

Set in the Elite Serial Crime Unit of the FBI in 1979, the series is directed by David Fincher who also helmed early episodes Netflix's first foray into original programming, House of Cards.

Jonathan Groff, of HBO's Looking, stars as Holden Ford, as one of the FBI agents tasked with investigating serial killers and rapists.

Mindhunter is based on the true crime book Mindhunter: Inside The FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by Mark Olshaker and former FBI agent John E. Douglas.

Serial killers and their symbiotic relationship with the police officers who are hunting them, has previously been explored in Zodiac, Fincher's 2009 film about the Zodiac killings in South California in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

In an interview with Collider, Fincher said

We'd seen so much, you know, of this sort of literary conceit of, there's a very fine line separates the hunters from the hunted.

And I really thought it was time to sort of take that back and make it, really, the reason that we are fascinated with them is because we're nothing like them. They are unfathomable.

The psychological thriller's dreary aesthetic and violence appears in line with the chilling tone set by Fincher in Zodiac.

The trailer (below) opens with a monologue from one of agent Ford's subjects, a serial killer, as they describe the strength they need to murder someone.

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