Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

The charming Ted Bundy, also a notorious psychopathic serial killer, is brought to life by Zac Efron (Dirty Grandpa) in this true story told from the perspective of Bundy's girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins). From Oscar-nominated director Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster).

"1969. Ted (Zac Efron) is crazy-handsome, smart, charismatic, affectionate. And cautious single mother Liz Kloepfer (Lily Collins) ultimately cannot resist his charms. For her, Ted is a match made in heaven, and she soon falls head over heels in love with the dashing young man. A picture of domestic bliss, the happy couple seems to have it all figured out … until, out of nowhere, their perfect life is shattered. Ted is arrested and charged with a series of increasingly grisly murders. Concern soon turns to paranoia—and, as evidence piles up, Liz is forced to consider that the man with whom she shares her life could actually be a psychopath." (Sundance Film Festival)

2019110 minsUSA
CrimeTrue Story & BiographyFestival & Independent
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Reviews & comments

Vulture

Vulture

press

If the narrative film only exists to give us the unsettling sliminess of Efron as Bundy, it won't be a total waste. But it's not much of a movie, either.

0
Variety

Variety

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How is Zac Efron as Bundy? I think he's startlingly good: controlled, magnetic, audacious, committed, and eerily right.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

A triumph of sorts for Efron... But it's also a bit of a problem, a further indictment of our serial killer-sick culture that the film, directed by documentarian Joe Berlinger, doesn't reckon with enough.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

In fact, the most shocking thing about the film is Efron's remarkably accomplished, fiercely committed performance.

3.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

It fails to show us anything about Bundy that isn't already there in archive footage (which also appears at the end of the film), and only scratches the surface of the true depravity its subject was capable of.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Berlinger attacks the story in a rough-and-ready style only somewhat more refined than what he employs in documentaries, and the approach feels entirely appropriate.

0
Collider

Collider

press

While it doesn't quite click fully into the gear it's aiming for, it touches upon some fascinating notions of human nature and boasts a truly impressive performance from Efron.

0

Zac Efron as Ted Bundy is something I didn't know I needed. His performance is truly the highlight of the film and makes you think how this is the guy who was in High School Musical. He captivates the dangerous charms Ted had making him a threat in diguise. The film follows more on the perspective of Ted Bundy's girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily...

3.0
0
Vulture

Vulture

press

If the narrative film only exists to give us the unsettling sliminess of Efron as Bundy, it won't be a total waste. But it's not much of a movie, either.

0
Variety

Variety

press

How is Zac Efron as Bundy? I think he's startlingly good: controlled, magnetic, audacious, committed, and eerily right.

0
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

A triumph of sorts for Efron... But it's also a bit of a problem, a further indictment of our serial killer-sick culture that the film, directed by documentarian Joe Berlinger, doesn't reckon with enough.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

In fact, the most shocking thing about the film is Efron's remarkably accomplished, fiercely committed performance.

3.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

It fails to show us anything about Bundy that isn't already there in archive footage (which also appears at the end of the film), and only scratches the surface of the true depravity its subject was capable of.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Berlinger attacks the story in a rough-and-ready style only somewhat more refined than what he employs in documentaries, and the approach feels entirely appropriate.

0
Collider

Collider

press

While it doesn't quite click fully into the gear it's aiming for, it touches upon some fascinating notions of human nature and boasts a truly impressive performance from Efron.

0

Zac Efron as Ted Bundy is something I didn't know I needed. His performance is truly the highlight of the film and makes you think how this is the guy who was in High School Musical. He captivates the dangerous charms Ted had making him a threat in diguise. The film follows more on the perspective of Ted Bundy's girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily...

3.0
0