Zac Efron's 'Extremely Wicked' Glorifies Killer — Ted Bundy Survivor

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One of the most discussed films from this year's Sundance Film Festival crop is Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

The Bad Neighbours star admitted he had some "reservations" about the role, but said this one was particularly "intriguing" to him. "I've seen a lot of talk about Ted Bundy's alleged hotness and would like to gently remind everyone that there are literally THOUSANDS of hot men on the service - nearly all of whom are not convicted serial murderers", they wrote.

Saying he'd already seen too much "killing, hacking and slashing" from scary movies he explained why the psychological aspect appealed to him. And a love story from a very unique perspective.

"I don't have a problem with people looking at it, as long as they understand what they're watching wasn't a normal person", said Rubin. It's intriguing to me.

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Take this article by Elena Nicolaou on Refinery29, for instance, where she theorizes about what his daughter could be up to now, what she thinks of her father (if she even knows about him at all) and goes into some seriously gross detail as to how she might have been conceived while Bundy was in prison.

The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last weekend, has faced criticism from people who believe it "romanticises" Bundy by using a "heartthrob" like Efron in the role.

Speaking on his latest film, Efron told Variety: "I feel a responsibility to make sure that this move is not a celebration of Ted Bundy". "He is, and always will be, ugly inside and out". Critics, however, have called out the movie for romanticising Bundy by emphasising his charm and good looks. News this week: 'The most exciting thing for me was being able to sort of lend that Ted Bundy charisma to the part. But that's what I remember the most: "him lifting the club and bringing it down on me". A number of commentators expressed concerns that the film would glamorise Bundy and his crimes, which included rape, necrophilia and more than 30 counts of murder.

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