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Netflix’s Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes left a lot to de desired. It let the serial killer bloviate without much pushback and elbowed his 30-plus victims to the margins. So will the new Ted Bundy project from Netflix (and Bundy Tapes director Joe Berlinger) be any different?
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile is Berlinger’s fictionalized account of Bundy’s life, starring Zac Efron as the narcissistic killer. When a trailer debuted in January, it was met with objection over how Bundy, a serial rapist and murderer, was depicted. The movie is apparently told from the point of view of his long-term girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins), who wrote a 1981 book about him, and explores what we accept and ignore about those closest to us.
In the official Netflix trailer, which reads a little different than the previous one, she asks Bundy: “Did you do these things, Ted?” You don’t need this film to tell you that he most definitely did, but maybe the gaze has changed here. Berlinger told Indiewire he wants the film to “give the audience the same experience of betrayal and deception that Bundy created with everyone around him.”
Extremely Wicked debuts May 3.
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.