To this day, Ted Bundy remains one of America’s most notorious serial killers…
Since the release of Netflix’s documentary series, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, everyone seems to be interested in Bundy and his murderous antics. In fact, it seems that this year has been Bundy’s year in more way than one. Not only has the documentary series sky-rocketed, but a biopic has also been made about the killer, a biopic starring Hollywood heart-throb, Zac Efron.
And although the movie has already sparked some controversy, it still remains a coveted piece of media. And if you’ve been waiting to see it, well, today's your lucky day! The new Ted Bundy movie, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, is available to stream on Netflix today!
Keep reading for some background information on Bundy and to hear a little about the controversy that the movie has already caused.
Ted Bundy was a monster.
via: gettyDuring the 1970s, Ted Bundy killed over thirty women, aged fifteen to twenty-five. Bundy was a monster in every sense of the word, committing hideous acts of mutilation, rape and even necrophilia.
But Bundy was also different to other serial killers.
via: gettyAlthough Bundy can only be described as evil for his actions, he was arguably unique in that he did not present the expected face of evil. In fact, he was known for being charming, and even handsome.
Beyond this, he was hard to contain.
via: gettyAlthough he was arrested, Bundy even managed to escape from the police two times.
And he proved to be a media sensation.
via: shutterstockDuring his trial, people became enamoured by him. Even during his time in court, thousands of women wrote love letters to him, confessing their crushes on known serial killer.
And it seems like the world wants to know more.
via: gettyEven though Bundy’s execution in 1989 was received by applause and cheers of joy, it seems that, now, people want to know more about what happened.
And they want Hollywood to tell them.
via: shutterstockRecently, rumors of a new movie hit the headlines and it just so happens to be a biopic about the infamous American murderer.
And the movie's title pretty much sums Bundy up.
via: gettyThe film is entitled Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. These are the words used to describe Bundy by his judge.
Ted Bundy is being played by a certain heart-throb.
via: gettyThe movie was directed by Joe Berlinger, and stars it everyone’s favorite Hollywood hunk, Zac Efron, in the title role.
It was a casting choice that sparked some criticism.
via: gettyAlmost as soon as the movie was announced, the casting of Efron was criticized. Many people didn't understand that Bundy was known for his looks and charm and wondered what the casting team's intentions were when they hired such a well-loved and good looking actor to play a serial killer.
Even Efron had to speak out about the criticism:
via: gettyIn an interview with Variety, Efron had this to say about the killer: "Ted had this thing about him, this magic Ted Bundy facade. He has charm... It wasn't until after he fully admitted to everything that most of the world really believed Ted was even capable of these things. He pulled the wool over a lot of people's eyes."
But, overall, the film has been pretty well-received so far.
via: gettyEfron’s performance has received particular praise.
And the movie's coming to Netflix today!
via: shutterstockThe film was originally released at the Sundance Festival back in January, and now it’s hitting the stream.
We're extremely excited about it.
via: shutterstockWith all the talk surrounding the film before its release, we just can't wait to see how the Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile team have decided to depict the horrible serial killer.