It’s the movie we’ve all been waiting for after morbidly binging on the The Ted Bundy tapes on Netflix released earlier this year. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile has been dominating the news cycle as of late, and we’re pretty terrified about Zac Efron’s uncanny similarities to the serial killer in the film. If you live in London and have an Instagram then you’ll probably have seen Efron’s been zipping about the city, with his peroxide blond locks rocking up on red carpets, in the back of taxis and even at the Tottenham v Brighton match. Yep, random, we know.
Efron, alongside Lily Collins (playing Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy’s girlfriend), is actually here to promote the movie on everyone’s lips – with the longest name known to man. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile explores the life of one of America’s most notorious serial killers whilst also shedding light on the complex and hair raising relationship between Bundy and his long term girlfriend.
Having premiered in London last week, all eyes are now on the release date for the movie which is set to be released on Netflix on the 3rd of May. So, what else do we know?
Who was Ted Bundy?
Bundy is an infamous criminal who was convicted for murder, rape and kidnapping. His victims included two twelve-year-old girls as well as dozens of other young females.
The conviction of Ted Bundy
After more than a decade of denials, he confessed to 30 homicides that he committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. Bundy was convicted but escaped twice, and was eventually executed in 1989 after receiving three death sentences.
Glamorisation of serial killers?
The film has come under criticism for glamorising serial killers and notably Ted Bundy. Bundy was renowned for his charming and charismatic nature before he was convicted of his many crimes. Yet with chiselled ol’ Zac Efron playing Bundy, critics have been quick to jump on the glorification bandwagon claiming it glamorises him far too much with even Kathy Kleiner Rubin, a Ted Bundy survivor, backing up this view. On the whole, it’s thought the film poses the question: “If you were in bed with a monster, would you know it?”
However, it’s also received critical acclaim…
It’s reported that Efron had his reservations when it came to taking on the role as a serial killer – which doesn’t come as a surprise, we admit! However, his portrayal of Bundy in the biopic has received critical acclaim. Despite this acclaim being marred with controversy, the premiere gathered hundreds of screaming fans and rave reviews. In an interview on The Graham Norton show, Efron claimed: “I wasn’t interested in glorifying anything, but I was interested in the psychological aspect of whether he was capable of real love.”
Which other famous faces star in the film?
Remember the insatiably annoying but totally lovable Sheldon (Jim Parsons) in The Big Bang Theory? Yep, he plays prosecutor Larry Simpson, a role far removed from his usual sarcastic and humorous self. You’ll also see John Malkovich appearing as judge Edward Cowart, a man who was known for showing sympathy towards Bundy, calling him a “bright young man,” during the trial and declaring he felt no animosity towards the murderer.
How can we watch the film?
The film will be in cinemas and streaming on Sky Cinemas from May 3. It will also be available to watch on Now TV. The movie will be released on Netflix too but not in the UK.
That leaves little else to say but enjoy… if you can!
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile will be available to stream on NOW TV from 3rd May 2019.