True Story Behind Zac Efron Film

Everyone is dreamy about Zac Efron especially in the High School Musical films. Despite his look as Troy Bolton, is he still looking dreamy even if he portrays a serial killer? In the film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile directed by Joe Berlinger, Zac Efron portrays the serial killer and rapist Ted Bundy. The film re-enacts the life of Bundy. It is based on Bundy’s former girlfriend, Elizabeth Kendall’s book memoir The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy. The Netflix original film had mixed reviews, but Efron’s performance portraying the criminal was admired. Everyone has seen the film with Zac Efron.

Ted Bundy was born Theodore Robert Cowell on November 24, 1946 in Burlington, Vermont. Bundy first lived with his maternal grandparents in Philadelphia. As a child, Bundy showed disturbing behavior. For example, his mother’s sister woke up from a nap to find knives surrounded by her and Bundy standing, smiling at her. Bundy would go through trash cans, looking for naked pictures of women. He was a lonely child by choice. He didn’t understand relationships and friendships. Bundy’s classmates found him to be notable.

He graduated high school in 1965. Soon after, he attended the University of Puget Sound for one year. Then, he transferred to the University of Washington to study Chinese. Two years later, he dropped out of college. In 1969, he met Elizabeth Kloepfer, a divorced woman from Utah who worked as a secretary. During the mid-1970s, Bundy re-enrolled at the University of Washington again as a psychology major. He was an honor student. He graduated in 1972. After graduating, Bundy joined a re-election campaign. In 1973, he was accepted into law school. In 1974, he started to skip classes the same time women began to disappear.

Ted Bundy confessed to killing 36 women across several states such as Washington, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, Idaho and Florida. Although, it may be that it was 100 or more women killed. It is unknown the exact amount of women that disappeared. Bundy lured women to his car. In 1974, police pulled Bundy over in Utah. They found burglary tools in his car. Police arrested him. The arrest linked him to more crimes.  A year later, police arrested Bundy for more crimes. Moreover, Bundy was convicted of a kidnapping. She managed to escape him. Then, he escaped prison twice in 1977. During his second escape, he went to Florida. He broke into a sorority at Florida State University and attacked four female students. He killed two of them.

The film gives us a representation of Bundy’s trial and escapes. As well as him claiming he wasn’t a serial killer. Bundy was sentenced to death row. He died by electric chair in 1989. He was one of the notorious serial killers in the late 20th century.