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Hasn’t Hollywood had enough of this serial killer?
Eyes rolled at the news Wednesday that heartthrob Chad Michael Murray would be cast as Ted Bundy in yet another reimagining of the serial killer’s life.
The casting news comes just a couple years after Netflix viewers found Zac Efron unnervingly hot as Bundy — the killer behind 30 known murders in the 1970s.
Now, Murray is set to star as Bundy in “American Boogeyman,” which “follows the elusive and charming killer and the manhunt that brought him to justice involving the detective and the FBI rookie who coined the phrase ‘serial killer.’ ”
Although fans are excited to see the 39-year-old “One Tree Hill” star back on the screen, they don’t seem too thrilled to be fed more serial killer content.
Critics flocked to Twitter to express their frustration about the new movie and its casting, questioning why another film about Bundy is being released.
Twitter user @OhNoSheTwitnt wrote, “The CDC recommends that we don’t need a new Ted Bundy movie.”
@fordholden reacted to the Film Updates tweet announcing Murray’s casting saying, “writing a movie about a woman who snaps and goes on a killing spree because she’s so tired of movies being made about ted bundy. for legal reasons i will not be saying it’s based on a true story.”
Many Twitter users are so fed up with Bundy content they are pleading with Hollywood to stop the serial killer content. “NO MORE TED BUNDY FILMS. I AM BEGGING. NO ONE NEEDS THIS MANY TED BUNDY FILMS. hollywood has really crossed the line … rewarding him with a legacy for murdering 30 innocent women,” @buggirl tweeted in a thread about the new film.
Others disagree with the notion that Bundy capitalized on his good looks to lure women, with many mocking his looks and questioning him repeatedly being cast by attractive actors. The infamous serial killer has also been portrayed by Mark Harmon, Michael Reilly Burke, Billy Campbell, Cary Elwes, Corin Nemec, James Marsters and Adam Long.
“Ted Bundy did not kill multiple women because he was extremely attractive stop trying to shove this concept down society’s necks by having 5 documentaries and films every f–king year and casting extremely attractive men to play him, it’s weird at this point,” wrote @rachelchinourir, sharing photos of several actors who have portrayed the serial killer.
True crime content has become increasingly popular with numerous new movies, series and podcasts giving viewers an inside look into murderous minds and intense investigations from a safe space.
Netflix alone carries titles including “The Ted Bundy Tapes,” “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” “Night Stalker,” “The Ripper,” “The Sons of Sam,” “Unabomber,” “Don’t F**k With Cats” and other true crime content.
The notoriously good-looking murderous Menendez brothers have also had a resurgence in the media, with a new Hulu documentary and a new fan base of Gen Z TikTokers defending their homicidal actions.
But today’s obsession with serial killers is nothing new. Young girls used to line up outside the courthouse during Bundy’s and the Menendez brothers’ hearings and send them fan mail. All three men were even married while they were imprisoned.
But Twitter users seem to be over their hybristophilia — a condition where one is sexually aroused by the object of their affection’s wrongdoing — and are killing any ideas of sexy serial killers.
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