After the Ted Bundy documentaries were released on Netflix and Hulu earlier this year, people spent hours binge watching the psycho killer’s story.
On May 3, Netflix released the film “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.” Based on the true story of Ted Bundy, the film focuses on the perspective of his girlfriend Elizabeth “Liz” Kendall. The film follows this story from the day they met to the day Bundy was executed.
Bundy was a psychotic killer who targeted young women. For years he was seen as charming and innocent, though the evidence was against him in every way. He was found guilty of 30 killings, though authorities say there were more. Bundy was an ex-law student and ended up defending himself at his nationally televised murder trials.
Zac Efron and Lily Collins play the couple. Efron plays the killer with such ease, it’s almost scary. The “High School Musical” star stepped up to the plate, and delivered a perfectly disturbing portrayal of one of the scariest men in history.
Collins brings a sweet yet strong persona to Liz’s character. Having to be a single mother and go through the emotional trauma of dating a murderer can take a physical and emotional toll on a person. Collins does justice to this fact and brings the emotional truth to her audience.
The film opens with Liz and Ted sitting across from each other the day before his execution. It then proceeds to tell their story through his trials, with cross cutting scenes between the two. The plot takes a story most know, and dives deep into the disturbing facts of the truth.
The relationship between Liz and Ted goes on for what seems to be tragically too long, putting her and her daughter in danger. The confrontations between characters and the investigations and trials, all intertwine to recreate the infamous story of a sick killer.
“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” can be seen on Netflix. The film is rated R due to some gory scenes and mature scenes. The movie runs for an 1 hour and 50 minutes.