You’ve probably heard of Ted Bundy, the handsome, intelligent, well-spoken young man whose only character flaw was his love of murdering women. And by now you’ve probably heard of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, the movie about Bundy whose trailer has been stirring up controversy and feelings all over the world.
Zac Efron seems pretty perfectly cast as Bundy, one of America’s most prolific ever serial killers, because like Ted, Zac is the kind of good-looking young sweetie who doesn’t seem like he could ever be a serial killer. Which, kinda perversely, has led to the misconception that men who are serial killers are always men who don’t seem like they could ever be serial killers, when actually most serial killers are super creepy dudes.
However, the trailers have caused some to complain that the movie is doing society a disservice by portraying Ted Bundy as a charming, sexy fox of a fellow. Which kind of misses the point that Bundy himself did society a disservice by portraying himself as a charming, sexy fox of a fellow.
Efron as Bundy makes you see how the man himself – whose main personality traits gave the movie its title – could’ve charmed and deceived so many women: even after his arrest. The attractiveness of Ted Bundy is an integral part of his story, and portraying him as anything other than a real smooth operator would be, well, plain dishonest.
Those with an aversion to the more horrific side of history should steer clear of EWSEV. But for those who watch it, it’s doubtful that Zac Efron’s boyish good looks are going to sway anyone to believing that murder is good now.