In an interview ahead of the release of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a film about serial killer Ted Bundy, actor Lily Collins said that she believes she was visited by the ghosts of Bundy’s victims.
Starring opposite Zac Efron as Bundy, Collins plays his longtime partner Elizabeth Kloepfer, now Liz Kendall. She told The Guardian that while preparing for the role over Christmas, she kept waking up every night at 3:05am.
“I would go downstairs and have a cup of tea, trying to figure out why I had woken up again,” she said.
“I started being woken up by flashes of images, like the aftermath of a struggle.”
After doing some digging on the internet, Collins discovered that “3am is the time when the veil between the realms is the thinnest and one can be visited.”
Collins wasn’t alarmed by her findings though. Believing she had been visited by the women murdered by Bundy, Collins said she felt supported.
“I didn’t feel scared – I felt supported. I felt like people were saying: “We’re here listening. We’re here to support. Thank you for telling the story.”
Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil and Vile is streaming on Netflix now.
The film’s title were the words Judge Edward D. Cowart used to describe Bundy’s crimes from the 1970s. The film comes from documentary-maker Joe Berlinger, who also directed the Netflix doco series Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.
In the film, Bundy’s life, shocking crimes, and subsequent execution are told from the perspective of Kloepfer.
Bundy confessed to sexually assaulting and killing 30 women in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Utah, and Florida between 1974 and 1978. Despite his confessions, police believe he is responsible for even more deaths.
Bundy reached infamy after his unusually charming behaviour in and out of court.