Netflix Original Review: Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes is not just about Ted Bundy

29 . Jan . 2019
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Ted Bundy is one of the world’s most notorious serial killers. Ted Bundy is also one of the most infamous individuals and was the centre of one of the world’s first media circus of a court proceedings. There are some things about Bundy’s life that are out in the open, but then, as always, there are some things that aren’t.

Whatever the case, the life and times of a person who takes other’s life, serial or otherwise, always makes for fascinating viewing. Netflix has now released what could be the first season of an ongoing franchise, Conversations with a Killer, that talks about Ted Bundy. Here’s our complete review.

The series follows the now template documentary format for Netflix. A person to camera piece that’s basically conversations with people intimately involved in the crime, interspersed with footage – a lot of footage – from that time.

This time around, Netflix speaks to the prosecutors, defenders, the investigators, and more importantly, possibly the only survivor of a Ted Bundy attack. In fact, this documentary shows two women who interacted with Bundy and survived – though one of them was just a neighbour.

What’s Wow: Documentaries, films and books about serial killers generally miss a point – the cultural impact of the killings and the killer. CWAK:TTBT is a rare one, that gives centre stage to what happened to Bundy after he was caught. The documentary takes us through almost a decade of litigation that finally, finally, succeeded in getting Bundy down in the only way possible back in those days.

The documentary becomes richer because of the tons of footage that they got access to, and the kind of people who they talked to. Two of them being journalists who wrote a book on Ted Bundy. The other aspect that stands out is the detailing of Bundy’s behaviour in court. Until now, very few mainstream publications or broadcasts gave out details about Bundy’s behaviour in court.

Netflix gets it right with the supporting footage and the events covered. The series is a fascinating look not just into Bundy’s life but also how litigation worked back in the day, and what impact the Bundy trials had on popular culture, law, and the media.  Modern audiences, who have read about Bundy, found it difficult to wrap their heads around the fact that this was a serial killer who was presumed innocent just because ‘he didn’t look like he could kill’. But that grainy, retro-coloured, TV footage of Bundy moving in court, shows just that.

There is some buzz that the series shouldn’t be watched alone, but that’s not the case. It’s not gory, it’s not scary. If it’s anything, it’s a fly-on-the-wall telling of the world’s most dangerous, creepiest man – who is fortunately not with us at this point of time.

What’s Blah: Nothing

Parting Shot: Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes is a must watch for anyone distinctly interested in crime.

Cast and Crew:

Cast : Hugh Aynesworth, Bob Keppel, Stephen Michaud, Ted Bundy

Creator: Joe Berlinger

Writer: Joe Berlinger

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Takes is now streaming on Netflix.