One of the darlings at Sundance 2019 was Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron and Lily Collins. Recently, it came to Netflix, so I gave it a go. This movie is based on the book The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy written by Elizabeth Kendall, depicting her relationship with Bundy. Efron is handsome and charming and seems to be every girls dream. Collins is fragile and a little damaged, so eager for his affection. Unfortunately, this movie doesn’t really have any new information. We never see him do anything bad. We never even see why she begins to suspect him. The more interesting aspect is that even after she suspects him, after he is convicted (more than once), she still can’t seem to let him go. We don’t really get to see anything – his childhood, what could have created this monster, what made the police really suspect him or why he never attacked Liz. Sort of an exercise in futility. If you are a fan of either of these actors (or the unrecognizable Haley Joel Osment) this might be worth your time.
The Deliberate Stranger is an earlier made for TV rendition of the Ted Bundy story. Some people have said it gave them nightmares. Mark Harmon plays against type as the serial rapist/murder. He embodies the handsome, charming Bundy with just the perfect amount of creepy.
This brings us to one of my favorite movies – The Presidio. Filmed in 1988 and stars Sean Connery, Meg Ryan, Jack Warden and Mark Harmon. This is a full-service movie. A murder mystery set at the Presidio, a military base just outside of San Francisco, so the scenery is beautiful. Connery is the Provost Marshall, Ryan is his rebellious daughter and Harmon plays a SFPD officer that has a history with Connery and a romantic interest in Ryan. It’s an exciting, romantic, funny thriller. Totally worth watching more than once.