Ted Bundy Film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Drops Today
After months of photo leaks, character descriptions, reviews, trailers and teasers, we can finally feast our eyes on the Ted Bundy film starring Zac Efron.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile has dropped on Netflix in Australia and the US and will be available on Sky Cinema in the UK today.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix signed the film for a whopping $9 million (£6.9 million).
STX and Lionsgate were also reportedly bidding for the highly anticipated movie but Netflix was able to flex it's streaming muscles to beat out the competition.
It's obvious that this movie was going to be up for the highest bidder not only because of the plot, which explores the relationship between notorious serial killer Ted Bundy and his long time girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, played by Lily Collins, but also because of how well reviewed it's been.
Efron has been widely praised for his portrayal following the movie's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. However, his casting has also been criticised by some, who feel the film risks romanticising the killer.
The Guardian's Benjamin Lee said Efron's performance is 'remarkable accomplished' and 'fiercely committed'.
Lee added: "As Bundy, he ruthlessly weaponises the boyish charm that's propelled much of his career, slyly convincing us of the spell he cast, not only on Liz (Lily Collins) but the many other women who were fighting his corner, sure of his innocence.
Another review came from critic Chris Evangelista for Slash Film. In his opinion, Efron gave the 'best performance of his career'.
In the trailer, we see numerous clips from Bundy's trial and are given a sense of how he used his charm to deceive people, including his girlfriend.
A synopsis of the film reads: "Ted (Efron): handsome, smart, charismatic, affectionate. Liz (Collins): a single mother, cautious, but smitten. A picture of domestic bliss, the two seem to have it all figured out.
"That is until Ted is arrested and charged with a series of increasingly grisly murders.
"As concern turns to paranoia, Liz is forced to consider how well she knows the man she shares a life with and, as the evidence piles up, decide if Ted is truly a victim, or actually guilty as charged."
Bundy confessed to killing 30 women during a spree that lasted from 1974 to 1978, however, many believe the actual total could be much higher.
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