Ted Bundy Victim Defends Zac Efron Casting In Controversial New Movie
Despite passing away in 1989, Ted Bundy is more famous than ever.
While our innate curiosity certainly peaks our interest in Bundy and other morbid subjects that subvert from everyday norms, a series of documentaries and films, including the recent Netflix docu-series and upcoming Zac Efron movie have ignited the Bundy fascination more than ever before.
While Bundy is one of America's most notorious criminals, he was also famed in the media for being traditionally handsome, charming and charismatic.
However, this glamorization of Bundy as a handsome misunderstood individual has naturally irked many, but one person who is more than happy to see Zac Efron play Ted Bundy is one his victims.
In the upcoming movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which recently screened at Sundance to reasonable acclaim, Kathy Kleiner Rubin may have been expected to not like the movie one bit. But the former Florida State University student, who was attacked by Bundy on the campus, said: "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.
"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."
She also said, "Hopefully it will make women 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 you just feel that something doesn't feel right."
Despite his much-publicized arrest and court appearances, Bundy's effortless grace and self-confidence attracted a host of female admirers in many of the court sessions. Upon sentencing him to his death, the judge even remarked that Bundy would have made a great lawyer after he famously defended himself.
However, many are still of the opinion that these documentaries and films about serial killers, a topic which seems to be all the rage at the moment, are nothing more than 'glorifying' their subjects.
"I'm sorry," one person tweeted. "You can't create a rock music infused trailer for a non-documentary starring a ripped ass Zac Efron kissing on females then turn around n say 'we're not glorifying' a serial killer. those are, like, all the glory elements right there."
What are your thoughts? Has Hollywood gone too far in their interest in these sorts of people? Or are they in their right to cast light on these infamous criminals?
Let us know in the comments below.