Netflix’s Mindhunter Holds You Captive In The Mind Of Some Of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killers
It’s hard not to get excited when you hear the words “serial killer”, “Netflix” and “David Fincher” all in the same sentence. With 4-episodes directed by David Fincher (Se7en), Netflix’s Mindhunter arrived on Netflix, October 13th.
Based on the book “Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit” written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker.
So, for those of you who don’t know about Netflix’s Mindhunter: It’s the 1970’s, America, set before criminal profiling became an everyday practice. It focuses on two FBI Agents who’re part of the Behavioural Science Unit; Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and a female criminal psychologist called Wendy Carr (Anna Torv). They are part of a small unit that focuses on the behaviour of serial killers.
However, for these guys to catch the current serial killers stalking the streets, they must learn how the killer’s mind works. The only way to do this is by interviewing already captured serial killers that are serving life sentences or awaiting the death penalty.
The first killer to get interviewed is Ed Kemper (read about his real-life crimes HERE)
Kemper is a very smart, articulate man and gives the impression that he could’ve been anything in life. But instead, he chose to decapitate women and skull-fuck his mother’s severed head.
Real killers get interviewed (played by actors, obviously). The information obtained from these interviews is used to help catch and prevent other serial murders. That, and trying to get a better understanding of how the killer’s mind works.
These interviews are some of the most disturbing stuff you could ever imagine hearing. I come from an extreme cinema background but I still found some of these scenes to be far worse than any gore or violence I have witnessed on-screen.
This is what I mean by a unique approach to television: You’re face-to-face with the killer. We watch them proudly talk about the crimes they committed, explaining every harrowing and disturbing detail.
Season one was a very strong series. However, I thought it did drag a little with Holden’s storyline with his girlfriend. I know what they’re trying to do, it just got very monotonous after a while. I am sure this storyline will evolve more as we see Holden’s character further develop in season 2.
There is no word of season two yet. It won’t be long until we hear the inevitable news