By Brett Mullins
Written and Directed by Michael Feifer
If one has any extensive knowledge of American culture in the past century or so, then they probably also have a general idea of who Ted Bundy was: a charming serial killer. This is all that is assumed of the audience in the film Bundy: A Legacy of Evil.
This film is a fictionalized account of the life of a mass murdering psychopath that has upset quite a few due to its historical inaccuracies. Apparently, there are more Bundy fanboys out there than I originally figured.
Before we talk about the film itself, there is a slight discrepancy in the title of this film that must be noted. This film has come to be known under two separate titles: Bundy: A Legacy of Evil and Bundy: An American Icon. Both titles are absurd and comical in their own regard.
A Legacy of Evil is a rather harsh description considering the main character was challenged with psychopathy and didn’t appear to be wholly consumed with evil throughout the film. Even John Carpenter’s Michael Meyers didn’t receive such harsh labeling.
An American Icon sounds as though it is reflecting the man in a positive light. After some consideration, however, the manner in which people view Bundy in the film is rather analogous to the way other countries view the United States. Sure, we have a way with words, are fairly convincing in our speech, and are quite conservative, politically, but we will, from time to time, destroy and rape other countries.
As for the content of the film, it began fairly well, drastically exceeding my low expectations. The first half hour of the film had a sort of disturbing love drama feel to it that was refreshing for an aged genre. As the film carried on, it’s almost as if everyone gave up on producing a coherent film. Despite some poor acting, the beginning of the film was detailed and interesting; then, an hour into the film and events are playing out that aren’t even explained in the least.
By the end of the film, the scenes have become so incoherent they are past the point of safe return. Characters are inconsistent and often illogical. The narcissistic ways of Mr. Bundy are incorrectly portrayed from a psychological standpoint. He isn’t actually shown putting up legitimate arguments; we are merely told that.
This film descends into a complete mess. I would like to think that this was done purposefully to parallel the rise and fall of Bundy; however, I’m sure this was not the case.