Movie Review: Bundy: A Legacy of Evil (2008)

Starring: Corin Nemec, Kane Hodder and Jen Nikolaisen

Directed by: Michael Feifer

Based on the real life and crimes of one of America’s most notorious serial killers, Ted Bundy. A man driven by sexual desire he went on to kill more than 30 women and was sentenced to death for his crimes.

I’ll be honest and admit that I completely forgot that I owned this movie on DVD. It was one of those movies that I bought solely because it was cheap and I was aware of the Ted Bundy story and what he had done. I saw another movie based on his life from the early 2000’s and it was pretty poor and although Ted Bundy isn’t deserving of a great movie made about him I think that if there is to be a movie to be made they could’ve at least tried to make it entertaining and factual. While Bundy: A Legacy of Evil was looking very similar to the previous attempt with its unknown cast and straight to DVD release I was more than willing to give it a try as serial killers and their mentality truly is something that fascinates me. Add that to the fact that my wife listens to the “My Favourite Murder” podcast, she’s picked up an interest into murders and serial killers, we both sat down and hoped for a psychological thriller and an insight into the mind of Theodore Robert Bundy.

The movie started off well as it had Ted Bundy terrorising one of his victims and telling her everything he was about to do to her which was a really intense way to get the audience hooked and into the story. Unfortunately the half hour or so that followed wasn’t as good as it was a jumbled timeline which didn’t really give out any factual explanation as to what was going on, almost expecting the audience to already know the story, so luckily I had a vague idea of what was happening and my wife was able to fill in the details that were lacking. During the movie there were some half decent moments that made me think this movie could be something better than what it actually was but there’d always be a splash of horrible acting or poor script writing right around the corner just to prove me right.

Corin Nemec who payed Ted Bundy was pretty awful for the most part, especially when he was meant to be acting enraged, it just didn’t seem to suit him. Also the bald cap he wore in the final few scenes during his execution was very, very bad. Jen Nikolaisen who played Bundy’s long term love interest Stephanie (who he surprisingly didn’t kill or even try to kill) was awful too. At one stage when she was meant to act upset and in fear she was laughably bad and when she would appear later on in the movie she was equally as laughable too. There were very few redeemable qualities about this movie but one that stands out for me was the scene where Ted Bundy makes his first kill. That whole segment I thought was very well done which was actually full of drama and tension and the young actress who played the murder victim was very good at displaying the raw emotion of fear. The shriek she lets out as Ted drags her back into his little rape shack was truly blood curdling and despite playing such a minuscule role, that actress was the best performer (which doesn’t look great on the rest of the cast).

Overall, this movie was poor as it left out a lot of factual information that could’ve improved the overall story and the acting was mostly horrible. Despite this being the second Ted Bundy movie I’ve seen which has now been awful I’m still going to watch the newest release when it comes out which is set to star Zac Efron. Maybe that’s what the Ted Bundy character needs in order to showcase the mind of a monster and that’s a quality actor to take the reigns.

3/10

**This movie was coincidentally the 200th movie that I’ve watched this year, shame I wasn’t able to watch something truly epic to celebrate such a milestone**

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