The amount of Ted Bundy content we'll be getting this year is a little much, but for some reason, we all have a fascination with serial killers. From the Netflix docuseries, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, to the new Ted Bundy movie starring Zac Efron, it seems like we'll be getting a very good insight into his life and brain. However, some people are not happy with the trailer for the movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which comes out later this year.
The movie premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, and it ended up getting a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes. But a lot of people looked past the plot of the movie and were angry with one specific thing: Zac Efron playing Ted Bundy. Why? Well, because of Zac Efron's obvious good looks, they think the movie will romanticize Ted Bundy, even though part of his 'charm' was that women found him good looking and were rooting for him, even when he was on trial for murdering 30 women and one man.
The movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is supposed to show the love story between Ted Bundy and his fiance Elizabeth Kloepfer, who is played by Lily Collins. While some people believe that Zac Efron was the perfect person to play Ted Bundy as they look very similar, have the same mannerisms, and both have that charming quality, others looked past that.
People that have viewed the trailer, as well as the movie at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, were quick to think that they were romanticizing the awful part of his personality. He was very charming, but fans are worried that this movie will want them to like him for who he was behind all of his murders. The first trailer they put out for the movie is really supposed to manipulate you, as that's what he did best to the police and everyone watching his trail.
Unfortunately, the way he got away with everything he did for so long was because of his charming personality. In the Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes docu-series on Netflix, they even show that they could not pinpoint who this killer was because he 'did not look like a killer'. The new movie with Zac Efron will show his charming and loveable side, but only because that was who he pretended to be for most of his life.
In a Q&A at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Zac Efron mentioned he wasn't doing an impression of Ted Bundy throughout the whole movie. Instead, the two are 'very similar and do the same things'. Wait... what? Anyways, I can totally see why they cast Zac Efron to play the disturbing killer, but I guess we'll have to see the second trailer to see if they keep romanticizing the killer or if we will be getting the darker side of Ted Bundy as well.
If you haven't seen the trailer forExtremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, you can watch it below.