Zac Efron's Ted Bundy film is coming to Netflix tonight
While it seems like forever ago we heard that Zac Efron's Ted Bundy film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, was coming to Netflix, it's come around pretty fast, as it's dropping tonight!
Last January, Netflix released Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, a documentary that ignited new interest in one of America's most notorious serial killers. During the 70's, Bundy killed at least thirty women in seven states, mostly college students between the ages of 25 and 15. The police eventually caught Bundy, although he proved hard to contain, escaping from prison twice. His nationally televised trial captured the world's attention, and a raucous crowd cheered outside prison while he was executed by electric chair in 1989.
Bundy was a monster who raped and murdered his victims, then mutilated their bodies and committed necrophilia. However, he broke the stereotype of villains looking ugly, as he was an attractive, charming young man. Young women trusted him, believing his deceitful stories about needing help to move, and willingly accompanied him to a secluded location where they were killed. Even during his trial, young women mobbed the courtroom, wrote him love letters and confessed to big crushes.
Now, Netflix is doubling down on Ted Bundy projects with the release of the film 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.' (The title comes from the judge's remarks about Ted Bundy's murders while sentencing him to death.) In the biopic, Zac Efron plays Ted Bundy, which is a departure for a heartthrob actor normally known for comedies and musicals. But in the chilling trailer, which just dropped today, you can see that it's perfect casting.
Both the documentary and the biopic have sparked criticism about romanticizing Ted Bundy. In fact, in the wake of Conversations With A Killer's release, Netflix warned viewers not to thirst after a despicable serial killer. "I've seen a lot of talk about Ted Bundy’s alleged hotness and would like to gently remind everyone that there are literally THOUSANDS of hot men on the service — almost all of whom are not convicted serial murderers," tweeted the company.
Similar concerns grew following the release of the teaser trailer for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile. During an interview with Variety, Efron responded to the backlash, saying, "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."
"Initially, I had reservations about playing a serial killer," he continued. I've seen people make horror films like this before... But] This movie was really about a human being, somebody that perhaps I would have been friends with - and a love story from a very unique perspective. I’ve never seen that before. It’s intriguing to me. I think it’s more psychological and even more kind of a mindf**k."