Netflix is not stopping with the hypersexualized serial killer narrative, and people are split about it. While Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which debuted Friday, was troubling, many still found it to be a compelling and interesting take on the story of real-life serial killer Ted Bundy.
On the one hand, the portrayal of Bundy as a charismatic and attractive person was an accurate part of the real man's story. On the other, choosing someone as notoriously "sexy" as Zac Efron to play the character contributes to the glorification of the murderer.
Following the debut of the film's trailer, Netflix reminded fans to be sensitive about the content in the movie. And this isn't the first time Netflix has cast a conventionally attractive man in the role of the serial killer. When Penn Badgley was cast in the series You, the service received some backlash for the glamorization of a murderer. Badgley himself had to remind fans that his character is a BAD guy, not someone to pine over.