The Trailer for Zac Efron's Ted Bundy Movie Is Fucking Gross

For a movie with a purely descriptive title, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile doesn’t seem particularly offensive. Zac Efron stars as the serial killer and rapist Ted Bundy in Joe Berlinger’s movie, and the official teaser (which might as well be a trailer; it’s one and a half minutes long) makes it look like part-romcom and part-slick, feel-good movie about a seedy underdog.

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Bundy was executed in prison by electrical chair in 1989. He murdered at least 30 people in the 1970s, and most of his victims were young women. And yet, in this movie, Bundy, in the hands of Efron and Berlinger, seems vaguely likable. As he defends himself in the criminal justice, it feels like you’re almost supposed to root for him: just one crazy, handsome guy up against the system. There’s the hint of a will-they-won’t-they subplot between Bundy and his wife (played by Lily Collins), the deciding factor being, oh, whether he’s capable of kidnapping and assaulting innocent women. No biggie! When a serial killer is played by an actor who made a career off being a teen heartthrob, does it really matter what he did?

Watch the teaser below.

Senior Writer, Jezebel

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Sheila Take a Bow

Really struggling to understand how someone can watch this trailer and take it so literally as to think it’s a cute “will they or won’t they” romcom about a man trying to beat the system. What makes Ted Bundy interesting to people (at least to people who find serial killers interesting) is that he was an insane monster who hid in plain site for many years because apparently being blandly handsome and white is adequate camouflage for depraved psychopathic murderers. If you don’t like that people are interested in serial killers or Ted Bundy in particular, you aren’t really the target audience for this movie and your take on the trailer is a little pointless. It’s cool if you don’t like this tone or whatever but this feels like it was written by an alien who’s never watched a movie or a movie trailer before.