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According to the film's director, Joe Berliner, though, the backlash is "very naive" and just a "knee-jerk reaction."

"I think the idea of this particular story, making a movie about Bundy, equals glorification of him is a very naive and knee-jerk reaction," Berlinger told Bustle in the lobby of a Utah hotel.

Berlinger added, "If you actually watch the movie, the last thing we’re doing is glorifying him. He gets his due at the end, but we’re portraying the experience of how one becomes a victim to that kind of psychopathic seduction."

In other words, people are reacting to a 1.5-minute trailer before actually seeing the film for themselves, thus creating a "knee-jerk reaction" that's not based on fact.

The filmmaker, known for his renowned documentaries as well as his work in criminal justice reform, also noted that he understands the moral implications in making a film like Extremely Wicked.

"I am highly aware of the hypocrisy that I myself participate in about the nature of of true crime filmmaking is that, at the end of the day, we’re making entertainment out of other people’s tragedy," Berlinger told Bustle.

However, to ban certain subject matter or censor filmmakers, he says, is a very slippery slope.

"I think telling filmmakers any subject matter is off-limits is a very slippery slope that leads us to Trump declaring that the media is 'fake news,' " he said. "I think there should be no censoring of subject matter, if it’s done responsibly. And even if it’s done irresponsibly, people have the right to tell any story they want to tell."

Extremely Wicked is based on a memoir written by Bundy's ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, titled The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted BundyThe audience will see Bundy through her eyes, which Berlinger believes is a very important side of the story to tell.

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"The fact that somebody like Ted Bundy got away for so long, eluded capture for so long, because he was charming and manipulative and people around him thought he was not capable of these crimes, that’s a lesson you can’t learn enough and a very valid lesson to put out into the world," Berlinger explained.

In a separate interview with IndieWire, Berlinger explains that no, his film doesn't glorify Bundy, but it does offer an extremely important lesson: "People need to earn your trust."

"America has 5% of the world’s population, but we’ve had 67% of the world’s serial killer population. And even though there’ve been lots of names — Dahmer, Gacy — the one that rises to the top for everyone is Bundy, because he was seductive. He eluded capture for so long because everyone believed him. So the movie is about that false believability and deception," he explained.

It's worth noting that Berlinger also directed The Ted Bundy Tapes, a Netflix docuseries about how law enforcement, the media, and the courts interpreted Bundy's likable persona.

If you enjoyed the docuseries, it's definitely worth giving the biopic a chance as well. Both explore how Bundy wielded his power and privilege to deceive law enforcement, lure victims, and draw in the media.

Want to hear more from Berlinger regarding the many nuances regarding the sensationalized media story surrounding Bundy and his victims?

He and Amanda Knox discuss the case, his films, and how he got his actors into character in a new podcast. Listen to it here.

Otherwise, judge the story for yourself when Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile arrives in theaters later this year.

There's no official release date yet, but stay tuned.