After a string of critics, the director of the new Ted Bundy biopic, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, assures the film in no way romanticizes the infamous serial killer. “Bundy challenges all of our beliefs of what a serial killer should look like because he used his good looks and intelligence to hide his double life for far too long, and that is the focus of the film.” If you plan on watching the upcoming biographical crime thriller Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, you need not worry if the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy will be romanticized in the film, because he certainly won’t be, as guaranteed by its director, Joe Berlinger himself.
Following the release of its trailer on the web last Sunday on March 3, 2019, numerous people feared the manner in which it portrayed the primary subject, which for some felt like the killer was being presented in a clean way. “I am of course very troubled that the trailer may be giving some people the false impression that our movie in any way romanticizes the actions of this horrendous serial killer, so I want to assure those concerned that our film in no way glorifies Bundy or his atrocious acts, nor was the trailer intended to give that impression,” Berlinger told BuzzFeed News in a statement on Wednesday. The movie, he further stated, “is a serious portrait of how Bundy deceived the people closest to him and his manipulation of the American media allowed him to flourish and evade detection and capture for so long.”
Berlinger’s remarks were made following the release of his own documentary series for Netflix, Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. In just days after the show became accessible on the web, people started posting Tweets regarding their craze over Bundy’s sexual appeal, even though he actually raped and murdered the living and engaged in disturbingly illicit activities with the dead. Afterwards, Bundy admitted to massacring 30 people while there are those who believe that there’s a chance it’s actually more than that. “Bundy challenges all of our beliefs of what a serial killer should look like because he used his good looks and intelligence to hide his double life for far too long, and that is the focus of the film,” Berlinger said. Joe Berlinger made a final remark, exclaiming that “glorifying an obviously guilty and sick individual whose aftermath has meant tragedy for so many would be repugnant to me.”