Michael Fassbender Hunts Down a Creepy Serial Killer in Chilling Trailer For 'The Snowman'

"It's Se7en meets Silence of the Lambs."
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Swedish director Tomas Alfredson follows up his acclaimed English-language debut Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with a chilling Scandinavian-set thriller. 

Based on the Norwegian crime novel of the same name, The Snowman follows detective Harry Hole, played by X-Men star Michael Fassbender, as he hunts down an elusive serial killer who strikes during snowfalls. 

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The snow-loving slasher--that's one of his victims above- has a wicked penchant for decapitating people and later sending toying messages to police. 

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He also hurls snowballs at his victims and leaves snowmen behind at the scene of his crimes, which may have been creepier on the page than it is in the trailer.

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Still, The Snowman—out October 20—promises a stylish thriller with a killer cast. Rebecca Ferguson, Chloë Sevigny, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J.K. Simmons, Val Kilmer and Toby Jones all likewise fall into the killer's crosshairs. And people are already pumped, with horror-centric site Bloody Disgusting calling it "Se7en meets Silence of the Lambs."

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That's quite a combo. Well, let's hope this snowman is at least as scary as the carrot-nosed sociopath in Jack Frost...