Thanks to a glut of true crime shows and podcasts, we’re in the midst of a renewed “aren’t serial killers fun?” phase, a pretty irresponsible national conversation that, it must be said, gets hits. Joe Berlinger‘s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (woof, that title) both cashes in and casts condemnation on that conversation in a film that is entertaining and confused in almost equal measure.
Ted Bundy, though dead for 30 years, is again having his moment in the spotlight. In 2019, the serial killer — who brutally raped and murdered at least 36 women — is the subject of a new four-part docuseries on Netflix, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, and will be portrayed by a chiseled Zac Efron in the film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which will be released in theaters on January 26.
In both the docuseries and the film, Bundy is painted as an artful, handsome, and exceptionally intelligent man; one whom you would never, ever think was capable of bludgeoning women to death and then having sex with their corpses. In the movie’s trailer, Efron’s Bundy smirks, winks, seductively takes off his shirt, and passionately rips off a woman’s blouse.