While being obsessed with serial killers can be an extremely popular guilty pleasure, many seem to be feeling burned out. The announcement of yet another biopic about Ted Bundy has sparked outrage across the internet. Many argue that these films glorify the killer, and others seem disappointed that multiple Bundy-focused films are coming out following the release of a film and documentary series about him in 2019.
Ted Bundy confessed to murdering 36 women in the 1970s, but it is believed he was responsible for more than 100 murders. He often bragged about his crimes after being put behind bars and executed in Florida in 1989. His lawyer Polly Nelson said he was “the definition of heartless evil”.
The trailer for ‘Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman’ starring Chad Michael Murray has been released. pic.twitter.com/VN4umAwHQS
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Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman
The latest version of the story is Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman. The movie will be shown One Tree Hill star Chad Michael Murray as Ted Bundy. The film is about the time when Bundy committed his heinous crimes and was hunted by the FBI.
Twitter netizens complained that they were tired of seeing Bundy characterized as charming and handsome. Bundy’s attractiveness is often claimed as an indisputable fact, but it seems that many people don’t find a rapist and murderer all that hot. Others complained that a movie about Bundy was released just two years ago.
Not a man of God
Not a man of God is yet another Ted Bundy movie coming out this year. This film is based on the actual transcripts between the killer and FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier. It stars Elijah Wood as Hagmaier and Luke Kirby as Ted Bundy. Not a man of God premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will hit theaters later this summer.
Not a man of God was also controversial. Director Amber Sealey publicly revealed emails with Joe Berlinger, the director of two other Bundy-related films. Berlinger accused Sealey of mischaracterizing his films to draw attention to her Bundy film. Sealey defended herself, claiming that Berlinger was trying to silence her and his aggressive email felt like mansplaining.
But wait – there’s more!
There is no shortage of films & documentaries about Ted Bundy. Extremely bad, shockingly bad and meandirected by Berlinger, was released on Netflix in 2019. This movie starred Zac Efron as Bundy. While many praised Efron’s performance, the film was criticized for failing to address the impact of his crimes.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, also directed by Joe Berlinger, was released as an accompanying documentary to the Efron film. The four-episode miniseries follows Bundy’s crimes chronologically. It features interviews with surviving victims, witnesses, journalists and police officers who worked on the case.
The early 2000s saw the release of several Ted Bundy films. These Ted Bundy movies presented largely fictionalized versions of the killer. Many of the films were low-budget, straight-to-DVD releases. The Willful Stranger was a three-hour biopic about Ted Bundy released in 1986 NCIS‘s Mark Harmon in the lead role.
Enough is enough
Hollywood will continue to capitalize on America’s obsession with true crime. However, the opposition to more Ted Bundy films isn’t just an argument for Hollywood’s lack of creativity. Many fans find Bundy’s glorification distasteful and misogynistic.
Bundy’s victims were people with lives and families, so it’s embarrassing to reduce their lives to conspiracies. The families of the victims must relive their grief and trauma while others benefit.
Many true crime fans on Twitter expressed their displeasure with Bundy as the subject of another film. Some seemed uninterested because he was the subject of so many recent releases. Others wanted greater representation of female killers in the media.
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