Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the biopic about one of America’s most notorious serial killers, Ted Bundy, has been the subject of controversy considering Zac Efron’s charming portrayal. However, a victim of the real-life Bundy is breaking her silence in tacit approval of the movie.
“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” stars Efron as the notorious man who murdered more than 30 people in the 1970s. Based on the trailer and early viewings at the film festival, Efron’s performance captures the handsome and charming side of Bundy, prompting many critics to wonder if the incredibly dramatic and horrifying subject matter is getting its due diligence.
On January 15, 1978, Bundy broke into the Chi Omega sorority house and brutally assaulted four women within the span of 15 minutes. One of those women, Kathy Kleiner Rubin, spoke with TMZ about her experience and how she feels about the Bundy biopic and Efron’s portrayal of the notoriously charming serial killer.
“It’s the 40th year since the attack and the 30th year since the execution, I don’t have a problem with people looking at it,” she told the outlet. “As long as they understand that what they’re watching wasn’t a normal person.”
She acknowledged that the charm of Bundy, and even his good looks were all part of a carefully constructed mask that the killer hid behind. She understands that it’s what makes him a good subject for a movie such as this. While it may paint her attacker in a somewhat positive or heroic light, she still wants people to see the movie.
“I think the movie does glorify more than I think it should be, but like I said, I think everyone should see it and understand him as what he was, even when he was the perfect son,” she says in the video below.
Rubin notes that she hopes a deep dive into the personality of Ted Bundy may help people, specifically women, understand the dangers they could be facing every day.
“He had different tactics that he used. To help people and have people help him get in cars and do things and... in your gut, if you feel like something doesn’t feel right, just say ‘no.’”