Film / Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy is a 2002 film about the notorious American serial killer, who rampaged across the country from Washington to Florida from 1974 to 1978. Michael Reilly Burke plays Bundy, and Boti Bliss plays his girlfriend Lee. Features an insanely Anvilicious ending.

This film contains examples of:

  • The '70s: The time span of the film.
  • Affably Evil: Bundy is quite charming and well spoken for a Sociopathic Serial Killer.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: A rather bizarre example, with Ted Bundy's execution being treated as a tragic event despite all his actions up to that point earning him no sympathy whatsoever.
  • Asshole Victim: Bundy is executed at the end of the film.
  • Ax-Crazy: Ted Bundy is a psychotic Serial Killer who is also a necrophiliac and rapist.
  • Biopic: Of Ted Bundy's life.
  • Eureka Moment: The scene where Lee visits Ted in prison, he flashes a totally inappropriate smirk, and she realizes in an instant that he's guilty.
  • Evil Gloating: Ted's has a gloating smirk on his face when Lee visits him in prison.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Well, Ted is obviously a brutal rapist on the side, but this trope is especially apparent when he ties up his girlfriend Lee for a rough bout of bondage sex, which she clearly doesn't enjoy.
  • Great Escape: Two!
  • I Love the Dead: Truth in Television, right down to the part where Bundy keep severed heads in his apartment.
  • Impairment Shot: One of the two women Bundy abducts at the lake wakes up to see him assaulting the other one. This too, may be a case of Truth in Television—when Bundy confessed to this double murder, he claimed that one was Forced to Watch as the other was murdered, though he later recanted this statement.
  • Karmic Death: At his execution Ted notices that the guard pulling the lever is a woman. His victims as a serial killer were exclusively young women.
  • No Dead Body Poops: Before his execution on the electric chair, Ted's rectum is stuffed with cotton balls by the guards and he's fitted with an adult diaper so they won't have to clean up a mess afterwards.
  • P.O.V. Cam: From Ted's perspective as he drives around in his Volkswagen looking for victims.
  • The Peeping Tom: At one point Ted follows a woman home and watches her undress in front of a window while he masturbates. A revolted neighbor throws a bucket of water on him.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Ted flashes one when Lee visits him in prison. This is what gives him away to her that he's guilty.
  • Samus Is a Girl: The executioner has a face mask. When the work is done, she reveals herself to be a woman.
  • Serial Killer: Bundy, of course.
  • Smoking Hot Sex: As he lies next to a dead body.
  • Stock Footage: Shots of the real Ted appearing in court, as well as real news coverage from murder sites.
  • The Sociopath: Guess who. Ted is largely able to lure in so many victims because of his superficial charm. It doesn't always work though; Lee realizes that Ted is guilty of the crimes he's accused of when he flashes an inappropriate smile during her visit.
  • Travel Montage: A pretty sick one in which Bundy's murder tours of Utah and Colorado are illustrated on a map, along with various corpses getting tossed into the woods.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Starts out broadly accurate. Gets less so as the movie goes along, with a rather fanciful portrayal of the later murders and Bundy's arrest and execution.
  • Villain Protagonist: The film centers around Bundy and his killings sprees.
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Bundy usually fakes a disability to gain his victims trust and lures them to secluded places to kill them.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: One of Bundy's go-to tactics: put on a fake sling or cast, and appeal to a young woman to help him carry something. In Real Life he also sometimes impersonated a police officer.