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Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil and Vile (2019)

Summary[]

Based on the life of single mother Elizabeth Kendall (Lily Collins) who was a long time girlfriend of notorious serial killer Theodore 'Ted' Robert Bundy (Zac Efron).

Trivia[]

  • The name of this film came from a quote from the court judge on Bundy's trial. He quoted, "The crimes were extremely wicked, shockingly evil, vile, and the product of design to inflict a high degree of pain."
  • Ted Bundy's former lawyer endorsed the casting of Zac Efron as Bundy due to Efron's physical resemblance to Bundy.
  • Zac Efron initially turned the offer to play Ted Bundy down, as he had concerns that casting someone of perceived "good looks" (like has been a stigma of his whole career) could be taken as some sort of glorification of a murderer. Somewhat fittingly, the perceived good looks of Ted Bundy himself was precisely what gave his status as a killer such high notoriety.
  • During the film, a news report on Bundy lists his height as 5'7"-5'8". In real life, Ted Bundy was 5'10". The listing in the film was tailored to fit Zac Efron's height of 5'8".
  • The scene that opens and closes the movie, with Liz visiting Ted in prison right before he is executed, was actually a phone call in real life. The director admitted to taking dramatic license to show true accountability. In reality, Ted's answer to Liz about whether he was a murderer was more obtuse than the "Hacksaw" shown in the movie, but Liz's memoir says she was relieved for the closure.
  • Ted also got the death penalty after this trial, when he was convicted of the murder of 12 year old Kim Leach at a separate trial in Orlando, where he again acted as his own attorney.
  • Ted and Carole's daughter is called Rosa. She was born in 1982. No one knows her whereabouts although Carole passed away in a retirement home in February 2018 she was 70 years old.
  • The film premiered on 26 January 2019 at the Sundance festival in Utah, coincidentally the state with many of Bundy's murders. The Sundance film festival starts on 24 January 2019, exactly 30 years to the day since Bundy's execution via electric chair in Florida.
  • Liz's real last name was Kloepfer. Kendall was a pseudonym used for the film.
  • Acting debut of Metallica frontman James Hetfield. Director Joe Berlinger had previously worked with Hetfield and his band on the documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004). Additionally, Metallica's song "The Four Horsemen" was used in a scene where Bundy's (Zac Efron) teeth were photographed in his cell.
  • Jerry is a fictional character
  • I have been trying to work with Zac Efron for a long time," producer Nicolas Chartier said to Variety Magazine. "From his dramatic turn in Paperboy to his hilarious performance in Neighbors, he continues to impress audiences and critics alike with his extraordinary versatility and range. We couldn't be more excited to see him in this amazing role."
  • The film was banned in territories such as KUWAIT and OMAN as it was deemed "Immoral" and glorified serial killer TED BUNDY.
  • In reality reporter Lucky Severson conducted the jailhouse interview done in the film by director Joe Berlinger as Colorado Jailhouse Reporter.
  • Terry Kinney and Jeffrey Donovan both worked together on Sleepers (1996).
  • The scene where Carol and Ted effectively marry in the court room was actually during the trial of 12 year old Kimberly Diane Leach and not part of the Chi Omega trial.

Male Deaths[]

Female Deaths[]

Barbara O'Connor  (Bundy Victim)

Posters[]

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