Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (Ted Bundy story)

2019 Entertainment September 2019 Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanna A. Marshall on the September 2019 Edition

Directed by: Joe Berlinger
Starring: Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Angela Sarafyan

“A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy from the perspective of Liz, his longtime girlfriend, who refused to believe the truth about him for years…”

Thankfully, and in spite of what the movie title seems to suggest, the movie does not display the thirty-odd horrific crimes of murder that Ted Bundy was executed for (electric chair) in January of 1989.

What we have instead, is the relationship and romance between Ted and Liz while the accusations begin to play out and, ultimately, result in his arrest and imprisonment. In the movie, he is in permanent denial and there is some controversy over the way in which Liz was really told the truth. Perhaps a little Hollywood dramatics but, nonetheless, an absorbing story, to be sure.

Zac Efron plays the charming lead and bears resemblance to the good-looking Bundy, with all the charm that would be required to entice so many unsuspecting victims and keep his girlfriend believing in his innocence. This is long after the crimes had become world news and the subject of crowds of demonstrators that were seeking the death penalty for his crimes. We saw the movie in the theatre but it is slated for Netflix.

IMDB rates the movie at 6.7/10 based on 51,128 viewers comments.

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