The highly anticipated film about the serial killer and his two-faced personality is finally coming to Netflix and, with Zac Efron and Lily Collins as the leads, the movie's sure to be a hit.
Ted Bundy's case was an incredibly high profile one, but it wasn't just because of the dozens of murders that he had committed before getting caught. His charming and attractive character took people by surprise.
In Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, the story is told from the perspective of Bundy's girlfriend, who refused to believe that he committed the horrible crimes that he was being accused of.
To prepare for the role, Collins got the opportunity to meet Bundy's girlfriend in person. But the stories that she heard were enough to give her nightmares.
Meanwhile, Efron has been dealing with an abundance of criticism. Many people didn't approve of the decision to cast someone as attractive and universally loveable as Efron to play an evil serial killer. The actor eventually explained his own reasons for accepting the role. Read more on that, later.
Together with the release date, Netflix has shared a new trailer for the movie, and there's nothing charming about it. Efron's performance is chilling. See the video at the bottom of the page!
Joe Berlinger's new film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, tells the story of the infamous serial killer, Ted Bundy.Deadline, who refused to believe that Bundy was guilty of the crimes.
The cast also consists of other famous names, such as Kaya Scodelario and Jim Parsons.
But who was Ted Bundy?Heart puts it, Bundy was an "American serial killer, who kidnapped and assaulted many young women and girls during the 1970s." But that's not the only reason that his case is so well-known.
It's his surprising good looks and charisma that won over not only his victims, but many of the people who watched his case unfold.
Eventually, Bundy confessed to murdering thirty women, but it's believed that there were many more victims.
Lily Collins plays Liz in the movie.Heart says that the actress got to meet the real Elizabeth in person as she prepared for the role.
She even got to look at some of Bundy's handwritten notes.
She was a secretary.
Kloepfer published her memoir in 1981.
However, her current whereabouts are unknown.
Collins later explained to Collider what it was like experiencing the case from Kloepfer's perspective.said, "This is really a story where we get to feel empathy for a victim who is still alive."
"I got to visit [Elizabeth] and her daughter and ask questions about Bundy and their relationship."
"And to hear her experience with this story and to feel what she went through felt so relatable, not that I've been in her situation, but every young woman dates and goes out... "
Daily Mail says Collins had a hard time preparing for the movie.filming was "terrifying." She was "taunted" by horrible visions every single night.
"I actually had an awful time in prep for it," Collins said.
Collins didn't look at the gruesome photos of Bundy's murdered victims because she wanted to be able to relate to her character, who didn't know anything.
As Joshua Rogers from The Hook, noted, Ted Bundy was nowhere near as good-looking as Zac Efron is.Rogers suggests that Efron must have been cast to attract viewers.
But, like Efron, Bundy was known for being very charismatic and charming.
A lot of people were very much against the casting.
He admitted that he was, at first, reluctant.Variety.
"I’ve seen people make horror films like this before, and it seems like an aggressive play to separate yourself from a perceived image."
"The most exciting thing for me was being able to sort of lend that Ted Bundy charisma to the part."
And it seems that he's done a really good job.The Hook says, a lot of people seem to think that this might just be Efron's best performance so far.
Benjamin Lee from The Guardian has praised Efron's acting.Bundy, [Efron] ruthlessly weaponises the boyish charm that’s propelled much of his career, slyly convincing us of the spell he cast, not only on Liz (Lily Collins) but the many other women who were fighting his corner, sure of his innocence."
He adds, "It’s the career-changing moment he was clearly seeking [...] a juicy opportunity to break away from his pretty boy shackles and prove that he’s deserving of more dramatic work."Polygon.
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The film will be released on Netflix on May 3rd, Deadline says.Surprisingly, it will also premiere in theaters on the same day. Why? Watching on Netflix would be cheaper - or free if you have a free trial period, Rogers says.
Together with the release date, Netflix also shared a new trailer.
Director @JoeBerlinger made his chilling new film #ExtremelyWicked to give viewers the same experience of betrayal… https://t.co/OMD4P3MsVi— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm)1554223182.0