Mindhunter is one of the more exciting Netflix Originals shows coming to the UK in 2017, a dark and twisted crime thriller with David Fincher attached. Here's what to expect from the series, the scheduled release date, how to stream Mindhunter in 4K resolution and everything else you need to know ahead of the show's launch.
What is Mindhunter on Netflix?
Mindhunter is a new Netflix series that promises to make the hairs on your neck stand on end, thanks to its twisted subject matter and top-tier cast and crew. In a way it's a kind of FBI origins story, as it chronicles the growth of the agency and the formation of the term 'serial killer', during the hunt for a murderous criminal in 1970s America.
To add to the intrigue, David Fincher of Se7en and Zodiac fame, personally directed three of the episodes. Given his love for all things dark and moody, we already know what to expect from this show. Fincher is also on executive producer details, along with the brilliant Charlize Theron.
The Netflix Originals series is based on the book Mind Hunter: Inside FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, by John E Douglas and Mark Olshaker. As you might expect, this twisted tale follows the Elite Serial Crime Unit as it develops clever new profiling techniques to catch persistent murderers. But, as the atmospheric trailer states, “How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks?”
We're expecting the show to enlighten us in that regard, and we're already getting excited about streaming the pilot episode. So if you’re asking how you can watch or download each episode of Mindhunter here in the UK, especially in Ultra HD 4K resolution, then read on.
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When is Mindhunter coming to Netflix UK?
Mindhunter launches on October 13 on Netflix in the UK. In other words, Friday the 13th. Nice.
Not too much longer to wait then, although you may be tempted to hold off viewing until the end of October, around Halloween time, just to make it that extra bit creepy. Of course, Stranger Things season two will also be launching around then, so that might be too much TV boxset binge material at once.
Good news if you're not the patient type as well. All episodes of the first series of Mindhunter will be available to stream right away on that October 13 release date, unlike some other Netflix Originals such as Better Call Saul. Get your binge watching comfy clothes at the ready.
Can I watch Mindhunter in 4K?
Netflix announced some time ago that all of its original, exclusive shows would be shot in 4K Ultra HD resolution, so anyone with the proper telly equipment can enjoy gorgeous visuals. As Mindhunter is a Netflix Original, you can therefore expect to view it in glorious 4K.
Will Mindhunter be available for Netflix download?
Netflix Originals are also always available to download, so you can watch them on your smartphone, tablet or laptop on the go, even without a network connection.
Since Netflix has opted to offer the first series of Mindhunter in its entirety, that should mean that every episode will also be available for download from the off.
What can I expect from Mindhunter?
Mindhunter was written by John Douglas, a former FBI agent, who was the inspiration for the character Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal.
This series is all about grit. It’s a dark crime drama focusing on the agency's efforts to dig into the twisted minds of serial killers, to find out exactly what makes them tick. So far we're getting a True Detective-style vibe from the teasers, with no hint of humour or light relief.
Don't come expecting lots of thrilling action and gunfights, either. The most 'exciting' moment in the Mindhunter trailers is a shot of an old tuna can with loads of ants crawling all over it. This is definitely a character-led drama, in which we're expecting the FBI 'heroes' to find themselves crossing lines to learn about murderers' minds.
Where can I check out the Mindhunter trailers?
Netflix launched the first trailer for Mindhunter at the very beginning of August, to tease us with some of the darkness that lies in store. So far, so very good. We get an idea of how the protagonists are keen to get closer to a host of convicted serial killers, to learn about the way their minds work. It's going to be a touch task however, as their colleagues state: it's not our job to commiserate with these people, it's our job to electrocute them.
Already you get an idea of the kind of dark mood and themes we can expect.
Following that, a second trailer was put out at the beginning of October, with a very different vibe:
This time most of the darkness is gone, and there's more of a buddy cop vibe - mostly thanks to the odd choice of soundtrack. Which makes us wonder if the vibe will change between episodes, depending on the director.
Who are the cast and crew of Mindhunter?
Mindhunter boasts a seriously impressive list of talent involved with the series. For a start, this show is produced by David Fincher and Charlize Theron. Directors of individual episodes include Asif Kapadia, who directed Senna and Amy, as well as Tobias Lindholm who directed the brilliant slow-burner A Hijacking.
Mindhunter stars Jonathan Groff as FBI agent Holden Ford and Holt McCallany as agent Bill Trench.
Will there be a series 2 of Mindhunter?
Simply put, yes. Netflix has had so much interest from talented directors and is so confident about the show's ability to draw in viewers and keep them intrigued that the streaming service has already commissioned a second series.
Of course you also have the release of Stranger Things series 2, out on October 31, to look forward to. So lots for Netflix addicts to rub their popcorn grease-stained palms together over.