Let’s get the obvious bit out of the way first: the world has gone absolutely Ted Bundy mad.
I guess Netflix is partly responsible as they’ve been churning out true crime series at an alarming rate, with Conversations With A Killer – a four-part series about Bundy – recently dropping on the platform.
They even gave audiences a warning before watching it:
Bundy’s story is one of the most notorious in American history and it was only a matter of time before a film was made chronicling his life.
Which brings me on to Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile – a film about Bundy’s life starring Zac Efron – and the trailer that dropped this week.
If you haven’t already, check it out below:
What is this thing?
Why does it feel like they’re romanticising Ted effing Bundy? I don’t understand why they’d get the best looking, most ripped actor in Hollywood to play him – it’s really distracting.
The comical tone is also way off, it’s not a romantic comedy.
I’m not the only one to pick up on this, with loads of people taking to Twitter to express their concern.
One person wrote:
“This looks way too… fun… for a movie about a serial killer.”
“oh man….the tone of this trailer is all wrong”
A third commented:
“Love Zac Efron and he looks like he’s doing a good job here but I almost feel like they’re trying to make this film something fun and making Ted Bundy seem misunderstood. He murdered dozens of innocent young women. That shouldn’t be glorified or made light of. I know this is the first trailer but the music and the way it was cut makes the movie seem like we’re gonna watch a nice guy named Ted who just, whoops, kills people, be a misunderstood good guy who loves his family.”
I get the notion that Bundy was supposedly a charismatic man who charmed several women before committing his heinous crimes, but they really seem to have over-egged it here.
And as for people obsessing over him? Weird.
We saw something similar last month with You, and specifically Penn Badgley’s Joe character, who’s a complete psychopath by the way.
The actor was so creeped out by it all he had to tweet back to his doting fans…
It’s a fair point.
Anyway, there’s no set release date yet for Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil and Vile, but the other Ted Bundy doc is currently on Netflix.
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