Evil hiding in plain sight

In Mindhunter, FBI agents Bill Tench (Holt McCallany, left) and Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff, right) interview serial killers to develop the science of criminal psychology and profiling.
In Mindhunter, FBI agents Bill Tench (Holt McCallany, left) and Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff, right) interview serial killers to develop the science of criminal psychology and profiling. PHOTO: NETFLIX

Mindhunter's second season infuses a creeping sense of dread into the banal, avoiding cheap theatrics

The series Mindhunter is inspired by some of the scariest serial killers in America, but in the hands of acclaimed film director David Fincher, do not expect it to look or sound like any other serial-killer show.

The famously finicky film-maker behind stylish psychological thrillers such as Gone Girl (2014), Panic Room (2002) and Fight Club (1999) brought his cinematic sensibilities to the Netflix drama - and that meant the cast also got to experience his practice of making actors do dozens and dozens of takes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 14, 2019, with the headline 'Evil hiding in plain sight'. Print Edition | Subscribe