Is “A-meh-zing” a word? That seems to be the suitable description for the Zac Efron production project about Ted Bundy, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile.
And if you don’t want to discover what’s amazing about ghosts of slain victims teaching the lead actress how to do her job (yes, really) and what’s meh about other things, stop reading.
Spoilers are lurking.
Now then, for those who have seen the streaming memoir, have you heard why Lily Collins (yes, daughter of Phil) was so convincing as the serial killer’s ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (and arguably one of only two women he didn’t murder)?
Ghosts were lurking too
It seems, in Lily’s recollection of playing the scorned woman of the psychopath, “women [murdered by Bundy] were trying to contact me.”
She shares with The Guardian as she was preparing to play Kloepfer over the holidays, she would wake up at 3 a.m., make a spot of tea, and traipse downstairs thinking about why she was awake in the first place.
Turns out, she was woke up.
I started being woken up by flashes of images, like the aftermath of a struggle…I discovered that 3am [sic] is the time when the veil between the realms is the thinnest and one can be visited.
You are playing in the spirit of a woman who believed for 20 years that Ted Bundy was a good and innocent man, and now, you have guests from beyond the veil?!
Oh, hell to the naw!
Furthermore, why would his ghosts help you? Bundy is dead. The story doesn’t really make him out as a villain. And, oh yeah, they don’t care if you get an Emmy.
I didn’t feel scared – I felt supported. I felt like people were saying: ‘We’re here listening. We’re here to support. Thank you for telling the story.’
As for the story and Collins’ haunted presence on the small screen? Again, A-meh-zing.
Zac Efron was chilling and convincing as a man who tries to snow the one he loves while he mauls the others he hates. Lily Collins was mesmerizing. You feel for her and want her to wake up out of her lovelorn daze.
If you know the story, she does (finally) and he dies (eventually). The end.
What you don’t realize is Efron took for his muse Kloepfer’s memoir as his inspiration for the screenplay, “The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy.” You wait the entire movie to see the heinous acts or demented torrent of violence and you don’t. This is her story…starring him. Get it?
She loves Ted Bundy and refuses to believe he killed 30 people in seven states (that are confirmed). Either you’re yelling at the TV at Collins, rooting for Efron, or laughing because it’s not quite the show you signed up to binge.
Regardless, the acting is amazing. The show is meh. Hence, A-meh-zing. Hope the ghosts appreciate the mini-review and stay the hell away from my house. (But if they want to help me get ‘Employee of the Month,’ call me.)