Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile stars former teen heartthrob Zac Efron as one of the most notorious and prolific serial killers in America's history, Ted Bundy.
After committing a series of horrifying murders and rapes, Ted Bundy was executed by electric chair in January 1989. Whilst Bundy confessed to thirty homicides before his death, authorities believe that he may have had still more victims. The case attracted a lot of media attention, not just because of the horrific nature of his crimes but also because of his perceived charm and intelligence throughout his trials.
Now, 30 years after his execution, Bundy's case is being brought back into the spotlight. A four-part documentary series, 'The Ted Bundy Tapes', has already been released on Netflix, which features audio from interviews with Bundy whilst he was still in prison. However, despite the fact that Bundy was a prolific and brutal serial killer, Netflix have had to beg users to stop romanticising him.
However, the new biopic about Bundy, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, seems like it may only exacerbate the problem by casting Zac Efron in the lead role. The trailer for the film has just been released and is attracting a lot of criticism from viewers who feel it 'glamorises' the serial killer in a way that is disrespectful to his victims.
One commenter wrote: 'Love Zac Efron and he looks like he’s doing a good job here but I almost feel like they’re trying to make this film something fun and making Ted Bundy seem misunderstood. He murdered dozens of innocent young women. That shouldn’t be glorified or made light of. I know this is the first trailer but the music and the way it was cut makes the movie seem like we’re gonna watch a nice guy named Ted who just, whoops, kills people, be a misunderstood good guy who loves his family.'
However, others have hit back, suggesting that the film's trailer aims to lure viewers into Bundy's trap in the same way that Bundy lured many of his victims and took a large proportion of the public in during his trial.
Check out the video above to see the trailer for yourself and decide what you think...
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