“It’s not easy butchering people. It’s hard work,” a prisoner says in the official trailer for “Mindhunter.”
If you’re intrigued by that opening line, expect to hear plenty more in the serial killer-focused series when it debuts on Netflix this autumn.
The psychological thriller follows FBI Agent Holden Ford and others in the serial crime unit as they develop profiling techniques by interviewing known killers. It is based on the book “Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit” by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker. During his career with the bureau, Douglas pursued and interviewed notorious killers including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy and Ed Gein.
Pennsylvanian binge-watchers can take pride in the show’s local ties. “Mindhunter” stars Lancaster County native Jonathan Groff, who previously had roles in lighter offerings such as “Glee” and the animated hit “Frozen.”
You might know them as amazing X-Men, but Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse‘s Storm) and Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool‘s Negasonic Teenage Warhead) have joined forces as Tragedy Girls. The horror-comedy directed by Tyler MacIntyre stars this dynamic duo as charming cheerleaders who aspire to be the greatest serial killers their Midwestern town has ever seen. Ahead of the film’s World Premiere as part of SXSW’s Midnighters’ section, Screen Rant sat down with Shipp and Hildebrand to talk Jeffrey Dahmer, representation, and where Tragedy Girls might go next.
In the film, Shipp and Hildebrand play MK and Sadie, best friends who not only capture a local slasher to serve as their mentor/scapegoat, but also “have a show about the horrors that go on in their town, and they post all of it online.” Seeking Internet fame drives the pair down some pretty dark roads, where they slaughter crushes and prom committee rivals.
As you might expect from the story of a serial killer who preys on prostitutes, the young women in Robert Kolker’s enthralling Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery were already, in many ways, lost. Prostitutes and runaways, their murders might have easily elicited a what-did-they-expect shrug. (Certainly that’s how the police at times seemed to handle the case). What sets Lost Girls apart is Kolker’s empathetic and detailed portrayals of the victims, based on hundreds of hours of interviews with their families and friends. This is an impressive and impassioned work of investigative journalism, and a chilling commentary on the entangled influences of economics, race, technology and politics on sex and murder in the Internet age. Kolker, a reporter for New York magazine, is that rare-breed journalist who latched onto a difficult story and refused to let go. In this haunting tale, he bravely and meticulously recreates the lives of once hopeful but sadly forgotten young women, while shining a light on the economic hardships that pushed them to make tough, risky choices. A colleague told me that after finishing Lost Girls she spent hours researching the victims and the case online. Her warning to me is my promise to you: Be prepared to obsess. –Neal Thompson (Amazon.com Review)