Netflix's 'Extremely Wicked' has left some viewers feeling "sorry" for Ted Bundy
7 May 2019, 15:17 | Updated: 7 May 2019, 15:27
"Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile had me catching myself feeling sorry for Ted Bundy multiple times which in of itself is terrifying. A true master of manipulation."
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile has just come to Netflix and, surprisingly, it's not what you'd think it would be. People have somehow found themselves feeling weirdly sorry for serial killer Ted Bundy following the Joe Berlinger directed flick.
Extremely Wicked is based on the 1981 memoir of Ted's long-term girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, The Phantom Prince: My Life With Ted Bundy, which tells the horrific story of his crimes through her eyes.
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The movie showed everything from Elizabeth "Liz" Kendall's (Lily Collins) chance meeting with Ted (Zac Efron) in a bar, to how he interacted with her daughter Molly from a previous relationship, and how Liz dealt with his subsequent arrests, trial and eventually his execution.
We saw the famously charming and charismatic side of Bundy, traits that he exploited to win his victim's trust. Because of his nature, Liz believed he was innocent, all whilst being tormented by her own guilt. Meanwhile, his wife Carole Ann Boone (Kaya Scodelario) also protested his innocence throughout his highly publicised trial.
The film doesn't graphically show the murders, apart from one extremely short clip. Bundy's actions were much more covert, which is how Liz managed to believe he was innocent, but that information is already public record.
When the trailer for the movie first dropped, it was called out for glamourising Bundy and his crimes. With Zac Efron taking on the role, it wasn't long before people were thirsting over a man who brutally murdered and sexually assaulted at least 30 women.
With Bundy constantly protesting his innocence, taking on the father role to Liz's daughter Molly and breaking down in the courtroom when he was sentenced, people started to find themselves being taken in by him and actually feeling a little sorry for him.
The film showed how it was easy for the public to be manipulated by his looks and "kindness" to Liz.
#ExtremelyWicked had me catching myself feeling sorry for Ted Bundy multiple times which in of itself is terrifying. A true master of manipulation— Linzzz (@CurlyLocksCox) May 4, 2019
im sorry my heart has always been soft for zac efron which is why i almost felt sorry for ted bundy multiple times while watching #ExtremelyWicked. the last 5 mins was INSANE. scary how pyschos can put up an act for so long & not feel the slightest guilt for what they’ve done.— Kathleen Ann (@_kathlasala) May 4, 2019
#ExtremelyWicked was amazing props to the producers. Had me feeling sorry for a whole serial killer and having second thoughts about his innocence all the way towards the end!!! Great movie! Definitely captures the audience the same way Ted did during his trial. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻— Sammi 💜 (@SammiNicole008) May 5, 2019
I hate hate hate the Ted Bundy case ??? Proper sick freak but find myself feeling sorry for him in at points in #ExtremelyWicked ??? Zac Efron played the part so well really gives you a glimpse of what kind of person he was and what it must of been like when it all happened— mione (@hermioneaurorax) May 6, 2019
So I just watched #ExtremelyWicked shockingly evil & vile.. & holy shit it was perfect at showing the manipulative side of Ted Bundy I actually found myself feeling sorry for him until the last 20 min when you finally get to see what a horrific person he was— LA ★ (@_Xxla_) May 4, 2019
#ExtremelyWicked I am sickened by the fact I actually felt sorry for Ted Bundy and questioned if he was guilty or not. Manipulation at its finest! But my god did Zac Efron do a fantastic job playing that role 👏🏼— Kat (@katiemarywilson) May 5, 2019
Lets not forget Bundy was, as the title of the movie says, extremely wicked, shockingly evil and vile. But ultimately, the film showed exactly how he was able to get away with such disgusting crimes through his manipulation.