Sara Vilkomerson
August 17, 2017 AT 01:00 PM EDT

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Michael Fassbender didn’t know a thing about Harry Hole — the brilliant detective in Norwegian author Jo Nesbø’s series of crime novels — until he signed on to play him in The Snowman. “I’m normally a slow reader, but I flew through eight of them,” Fassbender says.

The film’s title refers to the self-proclaimed Snowman Killer, who strikes on the first snowfall of winter and leaves little snowy statues near his victims as a frosty calling card. “I guess it’s the same thing as with clowns,” Fassbender says. “Something that is supposed to bring joy becomes very creepy.” Brrrr.

The Snowman opens in theaters Oct. 20. See a new image from the film below.

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