I just seen the Netflix movie “Extremely WICKED, Shockingly Evil and Vile!” YES! That is the title. The movie is based on the life and execution of Ted Bundy, a serial murderer and rapist who terrorized and intrigued the women of Utah, Seattle and Colorado in the 1970s.
The movie in itself was great! Zac Efron was great in his role as Ted Bundy. He convincingly displayed who and what Ted Bundy was about, manipulative, cunning and conniving. Award winning type role and he nailed it if you ask me.
Interestly the movie is not told through the eyes of Bundy, nor the news reports of his accounts. The movie is based on a book written by Bundy’s long time girlfriend and fiance. And it tells the story of a women who seems to suffer and watch as her loving boyfriend in a case of mistaken identity gets railroaded through the courts 1st as a rape suspect, then a murderer and is ultimately tried, convicted and sentenced to death.
The movie reads as a trials and tribulations movie a la “Hurricane” where a man is fighting for justice and feels he’s wrongly been persecuted. And with his looks and charm and knowledge of the law you’d believe him. Problem is he not only escaped prison TWICE! but ultimately after 10yrs confessed in detail to over 30 murders.
In watching this movie I couldn’t help but to see Mr. Robert Kelly, the beloved musician and fallen star accused of rape, molestation and running a cult. Time and time again he uses his charm to get others to turn the cheek just like Bundy.
Throughout the whole movie Bundy clumsily leaves clues and gets caught only to engage in a match of wits with the people and the courts where he use his true skill, deceit to sway his audience, particularly the women, just like Kelly.
Just like Bundy though it eventually will all fall on deaf ears. The skill only last so long until the evidence becomes overwhelming. Bundy was able to use lack of DNA testing evidence, Kelly uses his money. As time ran out out for Ted, money will run out for Robert.
These men lurk in every society. It’s one thing that they enact their sickness upon the world, but it’s another thing to do everything to cover it up. The ability to live in a lie, so much that not only do you believe it but with enough conviction others will too. And the added use of charm, good looks, humor or talent is the ultimate display of Tricknollogy and Treachery on the people.
Kelly and Bundys life played out in court but most are played out in the streets and in our own home. Uncle’s and Fathers using their protection to disarm and then hurt. Using the “Projection” of who they are as colateral for innocence. One must ask are these even Men at all? Never fessing up to the evils they’ve succombed to, Or just savage beasts, The Devil in disguise of our own DNA, whole and extremely WICKED, Shockingly Evil and Vile.