Since the release of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’s trailer, many viewers have become angry over the biopic’s portrayal of serial killer, Ted Bundy. The film stars Zac Efron, and people think the actor’s attractiveness romanticizes Bundy’s sinister demeanor.
Additionally, many believe that the trailer, which plays as an action-thriller meets romantic comedy, falsely portrays Bundy.
I feel so bad for the families of the victims that have to sit there and see their terrors revived as a witty romantic thriller https://t.co/uP4y03XSBU
— anime yitties (@peachesfrfr) January 26, 2019
why is everyone saying ted bundy is cute when he looks like human shrek pic.twitter.com/a8PlKgi0Ys
— yeehaw (@sluttydonutts) January 27, 2019
That music choice was awful. It should be creepy. People should feel disgusted watching this trailer.
You already ruined people’s first impressions on the movie… 😐 https://t.co/NNDTkAfcC2
— syzahmd (@syaza_hamid_) January 27, 2019
“Ted bundy isn’t being romanticized!”
— Savannah Clemmons (@savclemm) January 27, 2019
On the flip side, many people argue that Efron’s role accurately reflects how Bundy lured in his victims.
i watched the trailer and i can see what you mean, but ted bundy used his looks to life his victims, and he was a charmer so i believe by what i’ve seen in the trailer that they’ve done a good job at representing that. https://t.co/m6kUtyNveh
— bianca (@_bcalvan) January 27, 2019
Ted Bundy was infamous because he was attractive. they’re not romanticizing the character.. that WAS his character
— καylα (@kaylareneeh) January 27, 2019
Instead of sexualizing zac Efron as ted bundy, let’s applaud him for being such a great actor and being able to go from playing a singing basketball player to a serial killer
— Princess Liz (@ultralizzete) January 27, 2019
Ted Bundy: *used his charm to lure his victims*
Film about Ted Bundy: *shows his charm*
People on the internet: how DARE They romanticise a murderer of women who MURDERED WOMEN!?!?!?
— Taylor (@finejostens) January 27, 2019
The biopic focuses on Ted Bundy’s (Efron) dual life. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is told through the lens of Bundy’s ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, played by Lily Collins. The film also features Metallica’s James Hetfield as Officer Bob Hayward.
If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, you can watch it below.
Bundy was a serial killer, kidnapper, rapist and burglar who assaulted and murdered several women in the ’70s. He was executed in the electric chair at Florida State Prison on Jan. 24, 1989. He confessed to 30 homicides that he committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. However, the true victim count will forever be unknown.
What do you think about Efron’s portrayal of the serial killer? Sound off in the comments below.