Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile

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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil,
and Vile
Directed byJoe Berlinger
Produced by
Written byMichael Werwie
Starring
Music by
CinematographyBrandon Trost
Edited byJosh Schaeffer
Production
company
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • January 26, 2019 (2019-01-26) (Sundance)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile is a 2019 American biographical crime thriller film directed by Joe Berlinger and written by Michael Werwie, starring Zac Efron as serial killer Ted Bundy,[1] as well as Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, and John Malkovich.

First announced in May 2017, principal photography on the film began in January 2018. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2019 and is scheduled to be released in theaters and on Netflix in late 2019.

Premise[edit]

The story of Ted Bundy is shown from the perspective of his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, who struggled to accept the reality of her boyfriend's nature.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The project was unveiled at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival with Zac Efron set to star as the serial killer Ted Bundy. Documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger was hired to direct.[2] In October 2017, Lily Collins was cast as Bundy's girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer.[3]

In January 2018, John Malkovich was cast to play Edward Cowart, the judge presiding over Bundy's case. Principal production began on January 18, 2018 in Covington, Kentucky.[4] Angela Sarafyan, Jeffrey Donovan, Grace Victoria Cox, Kaya Scodelario, Jim Parsons, Haley Joel Osment, Dylan Baker and Terry Kinney would join the film throughout the rest of January,[5][6][7][8][9][10] with Metallica guitarist and lead singer James Hetfield joining in February.[11]

Release[edit]

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2019.[12] Shortly after, Netflix acquired distribution rights to the film.[13]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 60% based on 40 reviews, and an average rating of 6.1/10. The critical consensus reads, "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile often transcends its narrative limitations through sheer force of Zac Efron's compulsively watchable performance."[14]

Variety praised Efron's performance for its realism in his portrayal of Bundy.[15] On the other hand, The Guardian criticized Collins' performance, saying the real woman was reduced to a stock character.[16] Vulture had a similar perspective, praising Efron but criticizing the rest of the film.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Myers, Scott (2016-06-09). "Interview: Michael Werwie (2012 Black List)". Go Into The Story. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  2. ^ Ford, Rebecca; Kit, Borys (May 15, 2017). "Cannes: Zac Efron to Play Ted Bundy in 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  3. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 31, 2017). "Lily Collins to Play Ted Bundy's Girlfriend In 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile' – AFM". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (January 11, 2018). "John Malkovich Joins Ted Bundy Thriller 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil'". Variety. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  5. ^ Hipes, Patrick (January 23, 2018). "'Westworld's Angela Sarafyan Set For Ted Bundy Pic 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  6. ^ Kit, Borys (January 25, 2018). "'Burn Notice' Star Jeffrey Donovan Joins Zac Efron in Ted Bundy Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  7. ^ N'Duke, Amanda (January 25, 2018). "Grace Victoria Cox Cast In 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile'; Brit Shaw Joins 'Between Worlds'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  8. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 29, 2018). "'Maze Runner's Kaya Scodelario To Play Ted Bundy's Ex-Wife In 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  9. ^ Kit, Borys (January 31, 2018). "Jim Parsons Joins Zac Efron in Ted Bundy Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  10. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 31, 2018). "Jim Parsons, Haley Joel Osment & More Board 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  11. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 12, 2018). "Metallica's James Hetfield Boards Voltage's 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  12. ^ Debruge, Peter (November 28, 2018). "Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2019 Features Lineup". Variety. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  13. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 4, 2019). "Zac Efron Ted Bundy Pic 'Extremely Wicked' Sells To Netflix – Sundance". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  14. ^ "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  15. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (January 27, 2019). "Sundance Film Review: Zac Efron in 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile'". Variety. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  16. ^ Lee, Benjamin (2019-01-27). "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile review – Zac Efron shocks as Ted Bundy". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  17. ^ Yoshida, Emily (January 27, 2019). "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Is a Showcase for Zac Efron, and Not Much Else". Vulture. Retrieved 2019-02-15.

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