Zac Efron jumps into the shoes of Americas worst serial killer. Thirty years after his execution on the electric chair, the story of Ted Bundy hits the big screen.
Ted Bundy is one of the most infamous serial killers ever, who brutally raped and murdered at least thirty young women and girls. At the time in the 1970s profiling of a serial killer was virtually nonexistent. So his appearance as a charming, handsome, successful young achiever allowed him to evade suspicion. Even when he was arrested with strong evidence against him, people still questioned if the police had the right man.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, is directed by Joe Berlinger and is released alongside a brand new four-part documentary about Ted Bundy on Netflix. First screened at the Sundance Film Festival 26th January 2019, it has received extremely mixed reactions.
At first glance, the trailer does seem to be sensationalising the actions of one of the worst human beings ever to live on this planet. Giving the sensitivity of the subject, any dramatisation of the Bundy story is going to cause a big reaction. It is fair to say, the casting of teen heartthrob Zac Efron as the evil mass murderer is a very brave move.
However, he does seem to have a striking resemblance to Bundy. This could turn out to be a brilliant career move for Efron if he pulls this off. Lilly Collins stars as Liz Kloepfer, Bundy's long term partner. It seems the story will largely tell her side of the story along with the other women who he charmed. Kaya Scodelario plays Carol Anne Boone, who Bundy proposed to during the trial and had a child with whilst in prison.
Yes, it is questionable if any dramatisation of such a monster should be made at all. We certainly should not be putting anything forward that glorifies Bundy. But maybe Joe Berlinger is placing the focus on how Bundy used his charm. Bravely giving us the terrifying view of the outwardly normal man, who could perform the evilest of acts. Either way, this film is going to cause a lot of controversies and is sure to get people talking when it is released in theatres very soon.
Click here to read the review on – Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes – the documentary by Joe Berlinger.