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The beginning of the year opened with a four-part documentary series about infamous serial killer Ted Bundy on Netflix called, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes . The Netflix series created a renewed interest in his cases and the man himself, 30 years after his brutal crimes took place. Then, a film with a long title—taken from the words of the judge during his final sentencing— Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile , premiered during Sundance , before being picked up from Netflix so they could capitalize on all of the Bundy buzz. After watching the docuseries first and now this new film, Extremely Wicked is a well-acted but lesser version of what the Ted Bundy Tapes covered already. Notorious serial killer Ted Bundy during one of his many trials. Interestingly enough, both pieces were directed by Joe Berlinger, a longtime true-crime aficionado at this point in his career, stemming all the way back to his Paradise Lost trilogy. Having only a basic knowledge of Ted Bundy’s name and reputation before going into Conversations with a Killer , I was equally horrified and fascinated of the phenomenon of his crimes and subsequent trials in 1970s America. There [...]

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