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Ted Bundy plays to the camera in new Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile trailer

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We weren’t huge fans of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile when we caught the Sundance premiere of the Ted Bundy dramatization. Criticizing the film’s “coy tunnel vision,” our own A.A. Dowd wrote, Berlinger may think he’s taking the non-sensationalized approach by refusing to depict Bundy’s shocking murders. But by only showing us his public face, the tap-dancing charm that made him a media sensation (augmented here by yet another loaded jukebox of sub-Scorsese needle drops), Extremely Wicked risks minimizing his evil.”

Like the film’s previous teaser, the below trailer most certainly highlights the serial killer’s charm. It also, though, dives deeper into the darkness bubbling up in Zac Efron’s Bundy, especially as it might look through the eyes of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins).

In a statement to IndieWire, director Joe Berlinger said, “While there have been many serial killer films that detail every aspect of the depravity of violence, I wanted to focus on how this disturbed serial killer used his charming skills as a master manipulator to pull the wool over the eyes of those closest to him and to prey on dozens of victims. This is a portrait of seduction and betrayal by a psychopath, a portrait of pretending you’re one thing and having people believe you just because of how you look and act. It is a story of how the criminal justice system, the media and people very close to Ted, including the woman he was most intimate with, were manipulated by him.”


Watch the trailer above ahead of the film’s May 3 release.

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Randall Colburn

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.