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REVIEW: The Ted Bundy Film ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ Is Chilling

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

Netflix hit a home run with its new Ted Bundy film “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.”

WARNING: THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME SPOILERS BELOW. DON’T KEEP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT THE MOVIE RUINED.

The film based on the horrific true story focuses a lot on the perspective of the infamous killer’s ex-girlfriend Liz Kendall. Lily Collins and Zac Efron are both incredible in their respective roles. Absolutely incredible. (RELATED: We Have Our First Look At Zac Efron’s Ted Bundy Movie)

It’s evident from start to finish that Kendall was in love with Bundy despite the fact he was clearly guilty as hell.

Efron’s charismatic and borderline empathic portrayal of the mass murderer was incredible throughout the film. Despite the fact we all know Bundy was guilty of everything he was convicted of, you almost found yourself cheering for him and Liz.

 

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Once Bundy gets arrested in Florida for the infamous Florida State killings, his relationship with Liz falls completely apart and a new woman enters the picture.

For those of you who don’t know, Bundy impregnated Carole Ann Boone while on death row, and she gave birth while he was alive. How that was ever allowed to happen is beyond me.

Anyways, Liz pays him one final visit before he gets executed in the electric chair, and he admits to beheading a woman. Finally, her greatest fears have been confirmed, and she feels vindicated in reporting him to the police all those years ago, which is a plot point I didn’t even know about.

 

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I had no idea what to expect when I fired up “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” on Netflix Sunday. I had no idea at all, but I walked away incredibly impressed.

The film focuses very little on violence, and you only see one killing occur. The film focuses almost entirely on Bundy’s manipulative ways and his incredibly toxic relationship with Liz. I am glad the film wasn’t overly violent. (RELATED: Watch The Trailer For The Ted Bundy Film ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile’)

A bunch of gore would have subtracted from the human elements, which is what the Bundy case should be all about. Besides, if you want to see that kind of stuff, Netflix already released a documentary on the killer featuring plenty of the gory evidence.

Overall, I couldn’t be more impressed by the impact of the film from an emotional level. It’s heartbreaking to see the pain Bundy caused his ex-girlfriend.

He may have been charismatic enough to draw attention from all over the world, despite the fact he butchered dozens of women, but he couldn’t help himself from emotionally destroying his former girlfriend.

It’s a tragic tale of a brutal killer who got exactly what was coming to him in the electric chair. I highly recommend it to everybody.