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Ted Bundy’s Survivor Reacts to Zac Efron Playing the Serial Killer

Zac Efron plays serial killer Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a film directed by Joe Berlinger.

The trailer has taken everyone by storm and it sends the chills.

After many on social media opined that the film ‘glorified’ the serial killer, one of the survivors has shared her view on Efron playing the role.

Kathy Kleiner Rubin was attacked by Bundy in her sorority at Florida State University in 1978.

So, how does she feel about Zac’s portrayal of the man who tried to kill her?

“I don’t have a problem with people looking at it, and as long as they understand that what they’re watching wasn’t a normal person,” she told TMZ.

“I believe that in order to show him exactly the way he was, it’s not really glorifying him, but it’s showing him, and when they do say positive and wonderful things about him.

That’s what they saw, that’s what Bundy wanted you to see.”

Rubin added:

“The movie does glorify it more than I think it should be. But like I said I think everyone should see it and understand him as what he was even when he was the perfect son.

I think hopefully it will make women […] be more aware of their surroundings and be cautious.

He had different tactics that he used for people to help him get in cars or do things and in your gut, if you just feel that something doesn’t feel right, just say no.”

‘Stop lusting over him’ says Netflix 

Netflix has produced docu-series Conversations with A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, which paints a dark picture of the convicted serial killer, whose deeply troubled psyche led him to carry out an estimated 30 murders.

According to the web-streaming medium, that hasn’t stopped some viewers from fixating on his good looks.

The streaming service tweeted about the worrisome trend:

“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 — almost all of whom are not convicted serial murderers,” the tweet from the official Netflix account reads.

Netflix released the chilling Bundy docu-series 30 years to the day of when Bundy died in the electric chair at Florida State Prison.

The four-part docu-series provides an insight into his horrific crimes and features audio from conversations with the killer behind bars.

Zac Efron’s film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile had its world premiere on 26th January 2019 at Sundance Film Festival. 

Interestingly, both the feature film and docu-series have been helmed by Berlinger.

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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