Harshita Alok Sharma
David Fincher is nothing short of a genius - his layered films require acute attention to detail, the ability to keep up with a complicated plot and preparation for a surprise revelation in the end. He has garnered the reputation of being one of Hollywood’s few directors who always end up making something that is almost perfect. From making his directorial debut with Alien 3 to being a critics favourite at the 93rd Academy Awards with Mank, Fincher has come a long way. He has evolved to become even more nuanced and sophisticated in his filmmaking over the years.
There are certain themes that are always omnipresent in Fincher’s works - sometimes it’s disillusionment, other times its mystery. But, a significant aspect of his films has always been fear. The filmmaker has carefully curated a filmography where each of his projects has subtly played on different kinds of fear that a human being exhibits in the journey of life and this is what makes his movies extraordinary. Here are eight Fincher directorials that feature fear as an intrinsic theme of the film: