Opened: May 3, 2019
Directed by: Joe Berlinger
Starring: Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, Jeffrey Donovan, Angela Sarafyan, Dylan Baker, Brian Geraghty, Terry Kinney, Haley Joel Osment, James Hetfield, Grace Victoria Cox, Jim Parsons & John Malkovich
An interesting genre departure for lead actors Zac Efron and Lily Collins, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile follows the frightening love story between a serial killer and his unsuspecting girlfriend.
Law student Ted Bundy (Efron) meets young secretary Liz (Collins) in 1969. Five years later, reports of multiple murders begin to appear with a composite sketch of the attacker looking like Ted. Liz originally stands by during his trials, but eventually questions his motives.
Bundy was known for being a charming and good-looking man, which makes Efron a perfect choice to play him. He plays genuine well but can also turn on the creepy factor.
The story being told from Liz’s perspective rather than Ted’s is an interesting choice that allows viewers to see the fallout from an unsuspecting partner.
Final say: Extremely discomforting. ★★★★☆