Viewers will be appalled and intrigued

Harper Ford

“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” is a suspenseful, disturbing movie which will leave viewers both appalled and intrigued. Placed in the late 1970s Ted Bundy is a young man who has yet to act on his psychopathic and sociopathic ways.

Filmed in chronological order, Ted meets his long term girlfriend Liz Kendall at a bar. She can see something is wrong with Ted and leaves him, which starts his chain of attacks, murders and sexual assaults on more than 30 women.

Zac Efron and Lily Collins delivered highly well-played emotional performances. It is filmed from the perspective of his girlfriend which allows the viewers to get inside the head of Bundy and shows how he really thought about himself and justified his crimes adding a level of intensity.  Through the amazing sets and performances, the movie romanticizes Ted entirely too much.

The writers over-humanized Bundy’s character and actions. He was a murderer and should not be memorialized in this kind of positive light. Besides Bundy’s portrayal, this movie will keep viewers on the edges of their seats and never had a dull moment.

The beautiful set design traps the viewer back to 1970s flawlessly. The opening bar scene with Liz really shows how much detail writers included to achieve the rustic ‘70s ambience.  The music is an enchanting score that adds another level of suspense and fear into the viewers though out the film. Music really comes into play as Bundy waits in his cell, just after being arrested again adding much needed suspense to the scene. Dark lighting in the opening scene was the icing on the cake to create this must watch thriller.

Zac Efron takes on the character of Ted Bundy in the most satisfying way. Even through his body language, subtle ticks, and glares the viewer can feel the intense energy of Ted. This was further shown as Lily flawlessly portrayed a scared, conflicted young woman who fell victim to Bundy’s endless psychological abuse.

Overall, Efron and Collins are the most suited people to play these complex roles. This film is a suspenseful must watch, suitable for teens and adults, immersing them right into the life and tragedy of Ted Bundy.