Is Ted Bundy Being Portrayed Too Favorably?

Is Ted Bundy Being Portrayed Too Favorably?

Uh oh. Critics are saying the Ted Bundy film glamorizes serial killers. Do you think it does?

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Ted Bundy has been the talk of many in recent weeks with the release of Netflix’s docu-series, “Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes,” which centers around the infamous serial killer who, before being executed in 1989, confessed to murdering at least 30 different females.

However, that’s not all the Ted Bundy content Netflix will have. Soon after docuseries was released, a trailer for “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” a movie, starring Zac Efron as the charismatic Bundy, that chronicles the serial killer’s life from the point-of-view of his longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, portrayed by Lilly Collins.

Netflix recently bought the rights to the film for $9 million, with a release date sometime in the fall expected.

The movie made its premiere at the annual Sundance Film Festival and received positive reviews to the tune of a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, the biggest takeaway and criticism, per CNN, was that the film felt as if it glorifies Bundy’s actions while sexualizing the killer.

From the tapes to the movie trailer, many people are talking about how attractive Bundy was. It got to the point that Netflix had to tweet out:

“I’ve seen a lot of talk about Ted Bundy’s alleged hotness and would like to gently remind everyone that there are literally THOUSANDS of hot men on the service — almost all of whom are not convicted serial murderers”

And critics believe that the movie plays this facet of the character up too much, distracting us from the monstrous crimes that the man committed.

If you have watched the trailer, you can get that vibe from it, as it appears more light-hearted than tragic. The rock music they used takes away from the terrifying parts of him, brightens up the tone of the movie, and makes him come off as cool. In a way, it feels like a celebration of him.

But that may be what the producers and directors were aiming for because that is how most everyone saw Bundy for most of his life.

He was regarded as handsome and incredibly charismatic, but also a narcissistic serial killer. A man who treated everything he did as a game. His charm was able to hide, or temporarily distract, people from the monster inside. And remember, the movie is supposed to be from Elizabeth Kloepfer’s point of view.

The movie seems to be attempting to play up that aspect of the character to give us the most genuine representation of him. Right or wrong, it’s hard to argue against the charming demeanor he had to throw everyone off.

There is still a while to go before the public will get a chance to watch the film, but my first thoughts are that Zac Efron appears to be the right casting for the role and the trailer makes the movie look intriguing. Read more about it here.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Uh oh. Critics are saying the Ted Bundy film glamorizes serial killers. Do you think it does?

29% Ya, he’s appealing
71% No, psycho
29% Ya, he’s appealing
71% No, psycho
29% Ya, he’s appealing
71% No, psycho

Ya, he’s appealing

No, psycho

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