We are fascinated with serial murderers, whether they’re fictional fiends or real world pattern killers. We’ll show up for a documentary on Jeffrey Dahmer or a sequel about Hannibal Lecter, a gritty true crime series or a baroque, gothic horror, and countless podcasts as long as the bodies are dropping. What that says about us is up for debate, but it’s clear that the fascination crosses cultural and national boundaries, as evidenced by this latest thriller from South Korea, Through the Darkness.

Based on the best-selling memoir co-written by South Korea’s first criminal profiler, Kwon Il-yong, and journalist Ko Na-mu, and originally under the evocative title Those Who Read the Hearts of Evil, this 12-episode, Korean-language urban drama follows the establishment of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s Criminal Behaviour Analysis Team back at the turn of the 21st century, the first unit in the country dedicated to the psychological investigation of serial crime – analogous to the FBI’s old Behavioural Science Unit as seen in The Silence of the Lambs.

Read more at SBS.

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