True crime fanatics have been awaiting the first trailer for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile for months. The film, which stars Zac Efron, follows the rise and fall of notorious American serial killer Ted Bundy, specifically focusing on the longterm romantic relationship he had with Elizabeth Kloepfer (played by Lily Collins). The relationship has served as a point of fascination to many for decades—specifically because Bundy murdered over 30 innocent women while Kloepfer remained completely unaware.
The trailer for the film finally dropped on January 25th.
However, many viewers have noted that something seems distinctly off about the tone of the preview. Mainly, it appears to treat its subject matter—a man who ruined countless lives—as a charming anti-hero. Even the music feels far too light for the seriousness of the subject matter.
One commenter on YouTube wrote, “It’s so sick to see that Hollywood is actually romanticizing a serial rapist/killer. seriously !!!!!”
Another chimed in with, “What a weird tone. Is this an action movie? A comedy? The music choice is off.”
And one of Bundy’s surviving victims has since shared her thoughts on the film.
Kathy Kleiner Rubin was one of the young women attacked in her sorority house at Florida State University in 1978. In a video interview with TMZ posted on January 29th, Rubin said, “I don’t have a problem with people [watching] it, and as long as they understand that what they’re watching wasn’t a normal person. I believe that in order to show him exactly the way he was, it’s not really glorifying him, but it’s showing him, and when they do say positive and wonderful things about him…that’s what they saw, that’s what Bundy wanted you to see.”
Ted Bundy robbed dozens of women of their lives and stole daughters, sisters, friends, and loved ones from countless people, so we understand the concerns. The movie drops later this year, so we’ll ultimately have to wait until then to give our final judgement. What are your thoughts on the new trailer?