The director of Netflix’s Ted Bundy biopic Joe Berlinger is defending the film after facing criticism for it “glorifying” the killer.
“What Bundy teaches us is that the people you least expect and most often trust, are often capable of the worst evil,” he stated at the Tribeca Film Festival. “Whether it’s a priest who commits pedophilia, and holds mass the next day, or somebody like Bundy.
The Netflix film “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” depicts the story of late serial killer and rapist Ted Bundy through the lens of Bundy’s ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer.
“The whole movie is about Ted gaslighting not just Liz, but the audience. I want the audience to invest in that relationship,” Berlinger said. “By the end of the movie in that final scene, in that final confrontation I want the audience to feel that same level of disgust.”
Actor Haley Joel Osment plays Liz’s fiancé and Angela Sarafyan play Liz’s close friend, both serving as her support system. Sarafyan says the emotional manipulation that Liz endures struck a chord with her.
“The thing that really attracted me to the movie was this idea of not being able to see who’s in front of you, this idea of questioning the nature of truth,” she said. “How much of the person that we’ve been living with for five years of 10 years do we really know.”
“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” premiered at the film festival in April 2019.