You can’t make a list of the most reviled serial killers in history without putting Ted Bundy somewhere on it. In the 1970s, the once promising law student killed over 30 people (that he confessed to) across seven states over a five-year period between 1974 and 1978. Bundy was executed for his crimes 30 years ago this week, but his story lives again this weekend with the premiere of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City in Utah.
And, the first trailer for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile has now been posted.
The new film from accomplished documentarian Joe Berlinger tells the story of Ted Bundy starting in Seattle in 1969 when he meets single mom Elizabeth Kloepfer, and they start dating. Of course, it was during this period that Bundy is believed to have begun his career as a serial murderer; several disappearances of young women from the area are believed to have been the work of Bundy, but that was never proven in a court of law. Bundy’s first confirmed murder was in 1974.
Zac Efron plays Bundy, and Lily Collins plays Kloepfer, who is identified as “Elizabeth Kendall” in the movie, which is the same pseudonym that Kloepfer used when she wrote about her life with Bundy in the book, The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy.
The film follows Bundy from his murders across Washington, Utah, and Colorado – where he went on trial for the first time – through to his first and second escapes and his eventual arrival in Florida where he slaughtered his way through a sorority house leading to his conviction and death penalty sentence in 1978. This is all a lot of ground to cover for a movie that’s under two hours long.
The tremendous cast includes Angela Sarafyan, Jim Parsons, Jeffrey Donovan, Dylan Baker, Haley Joel Osment, Terry Kinney, and John Malkovich.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile premieres today at Sundance, but no release date for the film has official been set. In the meantime, you can watch Berlinger’s four-part Bundy doc Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes now on Netflix.