We all love a good true crime movie, am I right? Netflix’s new film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile was released just a few days ago and I had the opportunity to watch it today. If you haven’t already seen it, I suggest that you do so. Netflix and Zac Efron did wonders with this. I never expected it to be as great as it was. I actually figured that it would be more suspenseful than it was, focusing on the murders themselves. That’s just what comes to mind when you think about Ted Bundy, murder.
Zac Efron did such a great job acting the iconic serial killer. He pulled together the good looks, charm, and confidence that Bundy actually used to keep people questioning he guilt. The movie reflects more on the relationships that Bundy had, both with his fiance prior to and during the beginning of his murders AND his new wife during the trial in Florida. To me, that makes the movie more interesting than some others. You never think about the friends and family of serial killers, only the killer themselves and their victims. We can look anywhere to get the horror and the gore, but this movie excited true fears and suspicions. We could be living with a killer and never have a clue.
I also enjoyed that some of the scenes came from footage of Bundy during his time going through the court system. The small snippets that are featured after the film tie in the “true story” feelings. We all know that this actually happened and that Bundy was a nightmare for many people, but it’s hard to understand that some movies really are based on true events.
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