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Movie Review: Daniel Farrands’ crime thriller “Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman” (2021)


The Movie Partnership’s recent crime thriller Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman was not what I expected. Admit I didn’t have very high hopes for the film, but it proved me wrong with great performances and a different look / perspective on Ted Bundy’s crimes. The film was directed and written by Daniel Farrands and stars Chad Michael Murray, Holland Roden, Lin Shaye (read our interview – HERE), Diane Franklin (read our interview – HERE) and Jake Hays.

Summary for Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman

Notorious killer Ted Bundy (Murray) travels the roads of 1970s America in search of his next victim. FBI agents Kathleen McChesney and (Roden) Robert Ressler (Hays) pursue him as they lead the biggest manhunt in history to apprehend America’s most infamous serial killer.

Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman

I’ve seen countless different movies about Ted Bundy and really enjoyed the way they approached this one. It focuses on two FBI agents working together as they lead the biggest manhunt in history and it’s quite fascinating to see how it all plays out. It is also interesting and not surprising how the other agents treated the female agents back then, especially Kathleen McChesney. The only one who gave him respect was Robert Ressler. As usual, throughout the film, we see Ted Bundy charm, cheat, and murder women without a hint of remorse.

Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman

All the performances were well done. Although I think Zac Efron looked more like Bundy in Extremely wicked, unbelievably bad (read our review – HERE) and Vile that Chad Michael Murray did in Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman, they both portrayed him perfectly with that uneasy charm and overconfident attitude. So much so that you could barely recognize Murray. Holland Roden’s portrayal of Kathleen McChesney was one of my favorite parts of the movie. She delivers a strong, emotionally powerful film that has dominated the screen. I loved her story and her empathy really brought this story to life. Jake Hays was just as amazing as Robert Ressler and I loved his onscreen chemistry and his relationship with Roden. Lin Shaye, as always, was phenomenal as Bundy’s mother. You could see how the trials and the news had caused her stress and pain and the denial she was in even when he confessed. The role of Diane Franklin was also a pleasant surprise as I had no idea she was in the game. She always does better every movie she’s in.

Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman. A great story and a good performance and they didn’t focus much on the details of the killings. There were a few over the top scenes, including one where Bundy was partying and participating in disturbing acts with a variety of models. It was a bit there, but it also showed how disturbed he was.

Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman is now available for digital download in the UK on iTunes, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Sky. I recommend you check it out and tell us what you think. What is your favorite Ted Bundy portrait / movie?