A guide to Fincher's trailers, from Panic Room to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

By Alynda Wheat Samantha Miller
April 15, 2014 04:00 PM

The new Gone Girl trailer is blowing up, and with good reason. Author Gillian Flynn has said she wrote a whole new ending to her twist-filled thriller for director David Fincher’s movie – and fans are scouring every frame of the trailer for clues.

Missing wife Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) seems to be floating in a watery grave, while husband Nick (Ben Affleck) goes from preoccupied spouse to prime suspect. But while the trailer certainly ends with a jolt, it s hardly Fincher s creepiest. Remember, this is the guy who gave us Se7en, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Fight Club. Heck, even the trailer for The Social Network sent shivers down a spine or two.

A look back at the suspense master’s ultra-cool trailers, from creepiest to chillest:

Safe rooms can be the scariest of all.
Cool music bonus: Just a lot of smashing.

Eerie choir + awkward geeks + how the Internet took over our lives = deeply creepy.
Cool music bonus: A women’s chorus covering Radiohead’s aptly titled “Creep.”

In which Rooney Mara looks far scarier than the killer.
Cool music bonus: Karen O singing Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s remake of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.”

Ben Affleck is a nice man! Isn t he? Wait, isn t he?
Cool music bonus: Richard Butler from Psychedelic Furs covers Charles Aznavour’s “She.”

Michael Douglas + Sean Penn = paranoia masters at work.

The bitch is most definitely back.

Not nearly as creepy as the movie itself. Execution (pun intended) scarier than concept.
Cool music bonus: Trent Reznor’s not-so-mellow soundtrack stylings.

Hot lead actors (Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo) seem more soothing than scary.
Cool music bonus: Rod Stewart’s “I’m Losing You.”

As Judd Nelson s John Bender would say, “Demented and sad, but social.”
Cool music bonus: The Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind.”

OK, so this was a mayhem-free PG-13 epic about Brad Pitt aging backward. Or maybe it’s the creepiest trailer of all. Geriatric animatronic infant? YIKES!

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