ZAC Efron has blown away Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile viewers with his "terrifyingly realistic" portrayal of serial killer Ted Bundy.
The actor, 31, dedicated himself to capturing the infamous killer's mannerisms for the Sky Cinema flick and it's paid off, with viewers demanding he win awards.
Writing on Twitter, one viewer said: "Zac Efron’s acting in the Ted Bundy movie is terrifying how realistic it is."
Another tipped him for an Academy Award, writing: "I finished the Ted Bundy movie. I have one thing to say: Oscar Nominee @ZacEfron #ExtremelyWicked."
A third agreed, posting: "When is Zac Efron gonna start winning some serious awards for his acting? So solid as Ted Bundy."
Another shared: "@ZacEfron gives an incredible performance as Ted Bundy. Just as Bundy lured his victims in, Efron does exactly the same with the nice guy persona, until it's completely shattered in a chilling finale."
Bundy was a law student who was considered handsome and charismatic by his peers, traits he used to snare his victims.
He met his future girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, played by Lily Collins in the film, in 1969 in Washington.
Bundy decapitated at least 12 of his victims and kept some of their heads as mementos of his vile acts.
In 1975, the maniac was arrested for kidnapping Carol DaRonch, one of the few who survived his attacks, and sentenced to up to 15 years behind bars.
Two years later, while acting as his own lawyer after being indicted over the death of a Colorado woman, Bundy jumped out of the jailhouse library window and disappeared.
He was known to revisit some of his crime scenes to sexually violate the corpses of his victims.
He was caught eight days later but in December the same year, 1977, he climbed out of a hole in the ceiling of his cell and fled to Florida.
In January 1978, he broke into the Chi Omega sorority at Florida State University, killing two women and bludgeoning three others.
He was convicted of those crimes in July 1979 after bite marks on one of the bodies were found to be his.
His final victim was a 12-year-old girl in Florida.
A documentary was made about his evil killings by Netflix called Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.
Prior to the new film's release Efron came under fire for “sexualising” the serial killer.
The first trailer for the film sparked outrage, with many complaining it is “glorified” the vile crimes.
Taking to Twitter to discuss it, one person wrote: “Can we not sexualize Ted Bundy? He raped, murdered, and decapitated women and had sex with their dead bodies. “
Another commented: “Not here for this hyper-sexualized Zac Efron film. I know the youth of twitter will obsess over him, and I'd prefer not to read thirst tweets about a serial murderer.”
While someone else wrote: “Can y’all just like not sexualize Ted Bundy plz.”
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