Serial killers are all the rage these days. ..And by “these days” I mean the past forty years or so. They’ve terrified us, entranced, and beguiled us. Smiling deviously in orange jumpsuits, denying despicable crimes and tortuous reigns of terror. We’re about to enter a new true crime hayday in the world of fictional film, with Charles Mansion adaptations a’plenty – but while we wait for our fictional fix, Netflix has another docu-series to satiate our lust for all things true crime.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes will feature previously unheard audio interviews with Bundy while he was on Death Row in the 1980s. More than 100 hours of interviews were conducted by journalists Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth, and they shared some of them in the book Conversations with a Killer, from which Joe Berlinger’s series gets its title.
“I’m not an animal and I’m not crazy… I’m just a normal individual.” – Ted Bundy
Get inside the twisted mind of America’s most notorious serial killer in his own words. Conversations with A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes only on Netflix January 24th, 2019.
When the project was first announced, Nightmare on Film Street Contributor Adam Donaldson covered the story, highlighting Bundy’s reign of terror: “[A]ctive in the 1970s, [Bundy] confessed to killing 30 women in seven states, but the complete number of victims is unknown. The lurid details of his murders, his accomplishments as a law student, his handsomeness and popularity with women made the Bundy trial a sensationalist drama worthy of the then-burgeoning American tabloid culture. Bundy also made two daring escapes from custody in Colorado, and was only convicted after he had attacked five women in a sorority house at Florida State University. Bundy famously called himself “the most cold-hearted son of a bitch you’ll ever meet.”
Berlinger is also the director and producer of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a historical thriller starring Zac Efron as Bundy that premieres later this month at Sundance.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes will premiere on Netflix on January 24th, exactly 30 years to the day that Bundy was executed in Florida.