- Complete Monster: Ted Bundy is a charismatic psychopath who is arrested on kidnapping charges. Once evidence is found that suggests that he is responsible for a series of murders across several states, Bundy does everything in his power to charm the public and attempt to avoid justice from the ensuing murder trial. He escapes prison, brutally murdering two women and viciously attacking three more before being recaptured after savagely beating a police officer who pulls over Bundy, who is in a stolen car. In addition, Bundy exploits the love his girlfriend Liz Kloepfer has for him in order to convince her that he is innocent, not caring about the physical and emotional toll the stress from the trial is taking on her. When she can no longer stand by him, Bundy simply moves onto a more compliant woman, filling her head with the same lies he'd told Liz, while still attempting to contact Liz behind the other woman's back. Though Bundy maintains his facade of innocence for years, he eventually confesses to the murders of over 30 girls, including one as young as 12, cementing his status as one of the most infamous serial killers in American history.
- He Really Can Act: Who knew Zac Efron could be so chilling as a Serial Killer?
- While Jim Parsons does a fine job as one of the attorneys prosecuting Bundy, its damn near impossible not to think of Sheldon Cooper when hes onscreen. It doesn't help that one of the film's Netflix thumbnails is just a picture of Parsons' character, as it to tell people "Hey, look! Sheldon is in this movie!"
- Many people (especially Adam Johnson) mocked the name due to it being a heavy mouthful.
- Never Live It Down:
- First off, the overly long title as mentioned before.
- Secondly, this film, along with the documentary Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, had unfortunately reignited an unhealthy interest in Ted Bundy among mostly female Internet and Netflix users, to the point Netflix had to tell people to stop being attracted to him.
- Nightmare Fuel: Ted Bundy. While most of the horrible things he does happen offscreen, this actually heightens how frightening he is rather than diminishing it. For example, the scenes where he's acting like a loving Friend to All Children to Liz's daughter become absolutely terrifying once we later learn that one of his victims was a 12-year-old girl.
- One word: "HACKSAW."
- The super 8 footage scene, you expect it to cut halfway and show the gruesome bodies at any moment.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Another common complaint is that the movie switches focus halfway from Liz to Ted, and as a result doesn't develop either as much as if it focused solely in one character.
YMMV / Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile