Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

He’s not a nice guy


A courtroom frenzy ensues and sweeps 1970s America when a young single mother reluctantly tips the attention of a widespread manhunt toward her longtime boyfriend, Ted Bundy.

Director: Joe Berlinger

Writers: Elizabeth Kendall (based on the book "The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy" by), Michael Werwie

Stars: Lily CollinsZac EfronAngela Sarafyan


At the tail end of his run as a serial killer, you have Bundy's tumultuous relationships which pretty much stand as the sole identifiers of his humanity. But it's really not about how these relationships work to humanize Bundy, rather, how they're used to further demonstrate the destructive force of his sociopathic nature. Under what he'd probably call love, exists a foundation built on manipulation, lies, faithlessness, and intimidation. He may not have brought physical harm to Liz Kloepfer, but he sure as hell knew how to kill her all the same.

This is the focus of Joe Berlinger's Extremely Wicked, Schockingly Evil and Vile. A choppy, almost cliff notes take, on Bundy and Kloepfer's time together, put through the wringer and tested with each new trial, arrest, and murder. Efron does a great Bundy impression; his charm suits the role, and Lily Collins' pixie-like stature lends appropriate vulnerability to a role not asking much in the way of emotional range. She's either happy, or distraught, matching the film's binary tone.


If the documentary (by the same director) wasn't enough to satisfy your curiosity, then I suppose you could do worse than this as a supplementary piece.