A lot of horror fans, myself included watch a lot of films that involve fictional serial killers, but when the real thing is presented to us, it sends a chill down our spines.
This four part series from Director Joe Berlinger documents the life and deeath of one of America’s most notorious and brutal serial killers; Ted Bundy.
Using tape recordings from interviews with journalists on Death Row, Berlinger creates a flowing narrative from his early years to his psychotic rampage across six states in a five year period.
It’s fascinating to see what would become the blue print for so many fictional serial killers, such as Hannibal Lecter, play out, although admittedly this was a tough watch; with clips of Bundy’s own mother used, victims who escaped him and his trial which descended into farce through Bundy’s narcissism.
Because of the public spectacle it was fascinating to see someone who thrived on control over everything be stripped of it all and eventually sentenced to death.
His lack of remorse until his final days is probably the scariest thing about this series, as despite the overwhelming evidence and witnesses; Bundy claims innocence right up until 3 days before his scheduled execution.
He did prove of some use to the FBI, being one of the first serial killers interviewed for the newly opened Quantico Behavioral Science unit in the 1980’s. Clearly an inspiration for the role of Hannibal Lecter in the Silence of the Lambs.
Berlinger’s next project ironically is a fictional adaptation of Bundy’s life starring Zac Efron in the leading role. Extremely wicked, shockingly Evil and Vile recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, with a full release expected later this year.
You can watch Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes on Netflix now.