Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Mackenzie Noakes, Staff Writer

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The newest crime movie, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which follows the crimes of infamous killer Ted Bundy and his longtime, unknowing girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer has become the talk of the town. The new Netflix movie starring Zac Efron and Lily Collins recently became a major topic of debate in the forums of both films and serial killers. Before the release of the film, many heavily debated the effects the movie would have on the legacy of a horrendous serial killer. Would this spawn a new age of serial killer copycats and apologists? Or would it help people grasp the diameter of these horrific acts?

The movie chronicles the relationship Bundy had with long-time girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer (nee Kendall) and her daughter from a previous relationship. The movie shows Bundy as a normal, caring, suburban family man which makes his crimes all the more terrifying. After Bundy is arrested the first time, Liz lets herself believe that he truly is being framed for kidnapping and even cries at his trial, believing her boyfriend is innocent. After that incident though, she begins to see the cracks in his facade. Liz calls it quits and Bundy doesn’t seem vengeful and murderous as most would be led to believe. Instead, he is heartbroken. As he endures multiple arrests and escapes from a trial, Liz finds herself caught up in something much bigger than she originally thought.

When Bundy is arrested in Florida for the murder of two sorority girls, she finally decides that Bundy is whom everyone says he is. During his trial, he marries and has a child with Carole Ann Boone. The jury unsurprisingly finds him guilty and Bundy receives the death penalty. Before his death, Liz makes one last visit to her former beau, demanding answers, believing that once she knows, she will be set ‘free’. The scene drips with tension, words both said and unsaid hang heavy in the air. Then finally, it happens. Bundy writes in the dust on the glass separating them the answer to one of her questions. What happened to her head? “Hacksaw,” he writes.  Liz runs out of the room, relieved she finally got closure yet terrified that she let this man into her life. Soon after these events mere hours before his execution, Bundy confessed to over 30 murders (though experts believe this number to actually be much higher.)

The movie credits roll with the name of the victims being the first seen. Then, chilling footage of Ted Bundy is played, showing the real monster behind the legend. If you have an interest in crime or thriller movie, this is perfect for you. Even if you don’t, it doesn’t hurt just to know about the evil in the world.