With Netflix producing Joe Berlinger’s documentary series on Ted Bundy, it was a no-brainer they would pick up the director’s Zac Efron-led narrative take on the serial killer, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Premiering at Sundance this year, the drama follows his crimes from the perspective of his girlfriend Liz (Lily Collins). Also starring Kaya Scodelario, Jeffrey Donovan, Angela Sarafyan, Dylan Baker, Brian Geraghty, Terry Kinney, Haley Joel Osment, James Hetfield, Grace Victoria Cox, Jim Parsons, and John Malkovich, Netflix has now debuted a new trailer ahead of a May release.
I said in my review, “From exhaustive investigative documentaries to slick, disturbing thrillers to even meta tales of destruction courtesy of Lars von Trier, it seems like the serial killer movie has been covered from every possible angle. Enter the Ted Bundy drama Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which begins as a sympathetic perspective of an insider’s look at living with a killer before being taken over by a disarmingly charismatic Zac Efron in a scenery-chewing spectacle. While there are compelling aspects to both sides, the result is a film that wants to have it both ways, ultimately coming up short.”
See the new trailer and poster below and read our interview with Berlinger here.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile hits Netflix on May 3.