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  • "I have been trying to work with Zac Efron for a long time," producer Nicolas Chartier said to Variety Magazine. "From his dramatic turn in Paperboy to his hilarious performance in Neighbors, he continues to impress audiences and critics alike with his extraordinary versatility and range. We couldn't be more excited to see him in this amazing role."
  • Filming was carried out at Clermont County Jail near Cincinnati, Ohio in January 2018.
  • Some of the jail and prison scenes were filmed at the Clermont County Jail and Lebanon Correctional in Southwest Ohio, as well as Williamstown in Northern Kentucky.
  • The diner scene was filmed in Newport Ky at "The Pepper Pod Restaurant", a local eatery that has been in business since 1956 and is still owned by the same family.
  • At the time there were many people that could not believe Ted did those things. He made many friends in Salt Lake that followed the trial closely. Most only heard the evidence allowed in the trial. The whole experience deeply disturbed many people for years.
  • The courtroom scenes were filmed at the U.S. Post Office in Covington, Kentucky which was formerly the home of the U.S. District Court
  • This will be the first time that James Hetfield from Metallica acts. He has also worked with Director Joe Berlinger on the documentary Metallica- Some Kind of Monster.
  • Acting debut of Metallica frontman James Hetfield. Director Joe Berlinger had previously worked with Hetfield and his band on the documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004). Additionally, Metallica's song "The Four Horsemen" was used in a scene where Bundy's (Zac Efron) teeth were photographed in his cell.
  • The University of Washington Law School law library scenes were filmed in Northern Kentucky University's Salmon P. Chase College of Law in Highland Heights, Kentucky on February 17, 2018.
  • The title is a reference to the final statement of Judge Cowart in the conviction of Ted Bundy's murder trial.
  • The title derives from the judge who sentenced him: July 31 Judge Cowart "The court finds that both of these killings were indeed heinous, atrocious, and cruel and that they were extremely wicked, shockingly evil, vile, and the product of a design to inflict a high degree of pain and utter indifference to human life."
  • There was once a petition in 2016 from fans to cast Zac Efron as Ted Bundy in the upcoming biography movie. Former lawyer of Ted Bundy agrees that Efron actually bears a resemblance to the serial killer.
  • The name of this film came from a quote from the court judge on Bundy's trial. He quoted, "The crimes were extremely wicked, shockingly evil, vile, and the product of design to inflict a high degree of pain."
  • Director Joe Berlinger has a cameo as Colorado Jailhouse Reporter.
  • Very loosely based on truth. Ted never had a final meeting with Liz, infact he lost contact with her many years before their supposed meeting.
  • When Ted is asking Liz if he ever laid a hand on her or raised his voice the film neglects the instances from the past where he was controlling and on one occasion he pushed Liz into a lake during an argument. The film also neglects to mention his constant stealing.
  • Jerry is a fictional character
  • Terry Kinney and Jeffrey Donovan both worked together on Sleepers (1996).
  • In reality reporter Lucky Severson conducted the jailhouse interview done in the film by director Joe Berlinger as Colorado Jailhouse Reporter.
  • Ziad Doueri, director of THE INSULT and WEST BEIRUT, was considered to direct this film.
  • The film was banned in territories such as KUWAIT and OMAN as it was deemed "Immoral" and glorified serial killer TED BUNDY.
  • Zac Efron initially turned the offer to play Ted Bundy down, as he had concerns that casting someone of perceived "good looks" (like has been a stigma of his whole career) could be taken as some sort of glorification of a murderer. Somewhat fittingly, the perceived good looks of Ted Bundy himself was precisely what gave his status as a killer such high notoriety.


  • The film premiered on 26 January 2019 at the Sundance festival in Utah, coincidentally the state with many of Bundy's murders. The Sundance film festival starts on 24 January 2019, exactly 30 years to the day since Bundy's execution via electric chair in Florida.
  • Liz never attended a court hearing of Ted's. Ted never cried during his trial. Carole fell pregnant after the trials.
  • Ted also got the death penalty after this trial, when he was convicted of the murder of 12 year old Kim Leach at a separate trial in Orlando, where he again acted as his own attorney.
  • The film fails to address Bundy's rampant alcohol consumption before most of his crimes, shifting that burden to Liz.
  • The scene that opens and closes the movie, with Liz visiting Ted in prison right before he is executed, was actually a phone call in real life. The director admitted to taking dramatic license to show true accountability. In reality, Ted's answer to Liz about whether he was a murderer was more obtuse than the "Hacksaw" shown in the movie, but Liz's memoir says she was relieved for the closure.
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