Zac Efron: Super creepy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile


Netflix has finally released an official trailer for the Zac Efron-lead Ted Bundy film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

Ted Bundy has been on everyone’s brain lately with a new 20/20 special from ABC, a Netflix docuseries, and now the highly anticipated, Zac Efron-lead Netflix film titled Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

Joe Berlinger directed Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a film that chronicles the life and crimes of famed serial killer, Ted Bundy, through the perspective of his girlfriend Liz (played by Lily Collins).

According to IndieWire, Berlinger’s reasoning behind letting Netflix buy the rights to his film were simple:

"“With Netflix, I can have my cake and eat it too: the idea of reaching audiences around the globe at the level Netflix has already delivered to my other projects outweighs the theatrical-first argument for me, with this particular film,” Berlinger said."

Using Netflix to get his film out to the masses guarantees it will be seen by a wider and more diverse audience than what a movie theater experience might necessitate.

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There’s also the fact it’s hard to get mid-tier movies to be successful in theatrical runs these days. A lot of movies that don’t come with a built-in fanbase, i.e. franchises, reboots, and remakes, get choked at the box office.

A teaser trailer for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile was released a couple of months ago, and while it was enough to generate buzz for the movie, some people were unsure if the somewhat light and comedic tone was appropriate for a film about a real serial killer.

The new, official movie trailer takes a much different approach to the material. It’s more somber in tone, with plenty of clips demonstrating just how fearsome and authentic Efron’s portrayal of Bundy is.

Much of the early buzz surrounding Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is about his performance and the possibility of this being the year he becomes a serious awards contender.

You can check out the official trailer for yourself right here:

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While we know for certain the film will predominantly be about Liz’s point-of-view and her path to discovering the man she loves is a serial murderer, based on the trailer we’ll also be seeing some of the media frenzy at the time. Bundy was known for having a ravenous “fanbase” of sorts, people who found him too dreamy to be loathsome.

Apart from Efron and Collins, Kaya Scodelario, John Malkovich, and Jim Parsons will also be starring in the film.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is due to hit Netflix and select theaters beginning on May 3rd. 

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