The two faces of a mass murderer

Was Ted Bundy a loving husband or woman hater? In the biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile, Zac Efron delves into the double life of the serial killer

Zac Efron shows off his killer charm as Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile, while Kaya Scodelario plays Carole Ann Boone, an old friend whom Bundy married while in prison.
Zac Efron shows off his killer charm as Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile, while Kaya Scodelario plays Carole Ann Boone, an old friend whom Bundy married while in prison.PHOTO: SHAW ORGANISATION

The serial killer Ted Bundy was a particularly successful predator because he blended into the mainstream so well. He was good-looking, gregarious and maintained a family life even as he left a trail of corpses across several states in the early 1970s.

Actor Zac Efron, who portrays Bundy in the biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile, felt that his task was to show how skilled the mass murderer was in luring others, especially young women, to place their trust in him.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2019, with the headline 'The two faces of a mass murderer'. Print Edition | Subscribe