Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile Movie Review
People all across the world delved into the mysterious and appalling story of serial killer Ted Bundy as tapes revealing the content of over 100 hours of his interviews were released on the popular streaming platform Netflix. The series, called Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, became an instant hit and in response, millions of people have become fascinated by Bundy and what drove him to do such horrific things to young women.
Ted Bundy is so famous because of his charming and manipulative personality; he was handsome and intelligent which made it hard to believe that he was capable of killing anyone. The public became almost obsessed with his charisma, causing his face to be plastered across every news channel. Experts estimate that the serial killer’s victims surpassed 30 young women, each attack more vicious than the last, and he committed these violent crimes in seven states total, including primarily Washington, Utah, Colorado and Florida. His beige beetle, shown in the picture above, matched the car description given by witnesses and led to his initial capture after a driving infraction. He was apprehended by the police on multiple occasions and escaped from custody two times, earning him a spot on the FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitive list. Ultimately, Ted Bundy faced the death penalty and died in the electric chair on January 24, 1989.
Netflix is currently streaming a movie about the killer called Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile to dive deep into the personal life of Ted Bundy and the impact that his actions had on the people around him. The movie mainly follows Bundy, played by Zac Efron, and Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy’s girlfriend around the time when he first began committing the cruel crimes he is famous for. Elizabeth, or Liz, played by Lily Collins, struggles throughout the movie to accept the hard evidence that the man she loved killed so many women, some quite similar to her.
The general consensus from students in the school seems to be that the movie was very haunting, captivating, and well done. Junior Lauren Piper offered her opinion on the new Netflix film.
“I thought that it was really interesting because no one suspected him, and most of his supporters were females which was crazy to me,” she shared.
Although young movie lovers seem to enjoy the film, movie critics have expressed their disappointment in the represented personality of Ted Bundy, arguing that he was initially portrayed in a manner wherein he seemed too innocent. Some reviews voiced discontent with the likable nature of Bundy’s character. However, I would argue that this was an accurate portrayal of the killer’s behavior in real life, as he wooed the public with his charm and intelligence. This is not to diminish the horror of his crimes, but when you think of a killer, you think of someone cold, rigid and terrifying; Bundy’s demeanor was none of those things. It was all part of the innocence act, and his allure brought in support from women across the nation who were attracted to him.
Sophomore Nora Warwick explained her view on Efron’s portrayal of the well-known serial killer.
“It was weird seeing someone I associate with my childhood play a serial killer, but I think he did a good job of capturing the creepy ‘charm’ [Bundy] kind of had,” she said.
While critics tore apart several aspects of the movie, Netflix watchers seemed to appreciate Efron’s portrayal of Bundy’s personality. The film has had a very positive response from viewers all around the world and has been constantly discussed in the media since its release. If you love movies centered around murder mysteries and crime, be sure to check out this movie on Netflix!