Lots of people are annoyed about the trailer for Zac Efron's Ted Bundy movie
"I hope the film doesn’t paint over just how horrific he was."
When it comes to entertainment, true crime has never been bigger and we finally have a trailer for one of the most anticipated films of the genre of the past few years.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile tells the true story of Ted Bundy, who sexually assaulted and killed over 30 women in the US during the 1970s, burying their bodies in remote mountain locations.
The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival yesterday, is told through the eyes of Elizabeth Kloepfer, his girlfriend.
Kloepfer and Bundy were together for several years and she and her young daughter were a part of his life while many of his crimes were committed.
Bundy was one of the most prolific serial killers the US has ever seen - but was also noted for his charm and good looks; hence the casting of Zac Efron in the biopic.
The real-life killer earned himself many female admirers as his notoriety grew, some of whom who turned up in court during his trial.
The trailer for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile depicts Bundy as something of a rock star - handsome, clever and even loving - as well as a criminal.
Its tone has hit a bum note with some people since it was released online this week.
Many have argued that it is too light-hearted and that it 'sexualises' Bundy, who carried out some brazenly appalling acts against women.
I get that Ted Bundy was good looking and charming but I hope the film doesn’t paint over just how horrific he was #ExtremelyWickedShockinglyEvilAndVile
— SYMES (@Symes141) January 25, 2019
Saw the trailer for #ExtremelyWickedShockinglyEvilAndVile and the vibe was super off-putting. Ted Bundy was a fucking MONSTER and I’m not sure why they are marketing it like an action/comedy blockbuster. I hope the actual movie isn’t this tone deaf. So disappointed. Gross.
— Chubby Little Pig Bird (@ijustDOthings) January 26, 2019
Sorry, but the trailer for #ExtremelyWickedShockinglyEvilandVile seems a whole lot like mindless, lighthearted entertainment considering it’s based on a man who murdered 30 women in real life.
— Alison Millington (@AL_osaurus) January 25, 2019
Is it just me or is #ExtremelyWickedShockinglyEvilAndVile kinda glorfying a serial rapist, murderer and necrophile? The trailer feels like some Wolf of Wall Street shit, like, nah you're setting an example that if you go rape and murder women @ZacEfron might play you in a movie
— Benji Hudson (@Benjiisbored) January 26, 2019
It’s okay to love Zac Efron. It’s not okay to love/sexualise Ted Bundy. LOVE THE ACTOR. NOT THE CHARACTER. please and thanks.
— Katherine Langford stan (@langfordtitans) January 27, 2019
Others have argued that the film purposefully romanticises Bundy to emphasise how people were fooled by him.
I've seen a few people missing the point of this trailer.
The reason the trailer seems to be painting him as this charismatic good guy is because Ted Bundy was a very charasmastic, nice all American guy who no one suspected.#extremelywickedshockinglyevilandvile https://t.co/mPXfW7Dpb9
— Redwood ? (@RedwoodCreate) January 25, 2019