Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)

This documentary series is the subject of infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. It shows his story through archived video and recordings that feature Bundy himself.

Director: Joe Berlinger

Cast: Various people involved in the Ted Bundy cases.

Rating: TV-MA

Fun Fact: Released exactly on the 30th anniversary of the execution of Ted Bundy.

Ted Bundy has been dead for 30 years and we still have a fascination with him. Hints why there has been an abundance of material being released about him as of late. There is something about serial killers that keeps us interested in them. I have always wondered what makes us fascinated with these people. Maybe we want to know answers why they went the path that they did. I live in Washington state and of course Ted Bundy grew up in the state and had did horrible acts while here. For someone from Washington you would think we would hear about him all the time but, I think we heard more about the Green River Killer more.

This documentary is really informative in many ways. I for one never really knew much about Ted Bundy so I got a lot of information out of it. The film makers get key people to open and talk about the cases they worked on. These people give key details on what was going on at the time and how they tried to catch Bundy. They all explained that Bundy never seemed like the type of person that would do something like this. While viewing this documentary I made my own judgment, even tough I never personally knew Bundy he came off as arrogant. The footage that was used showed us this side perfectly. That’s what a good documentary does, to get the viewer invested enough to make a decision on the subject on their own.

One thing I really enjoyed was how much the film makers focused on Seattle. It’s where it all began and it shows us how Bundy evolved into the killer that he would become. As the episodes progress, we get enough attention in the major areas and key moments of Bundy’s life. Director Joe Berlinger presents us a well flowed documentary that keeps a steady pace. Another thing that made this documentary work so well was that it was split into parts. The film clocks a little under four hours and that could be an overload of information in one setting. Splitting it into parts lets the viewer take in what they just saw. It will make you think more so to speak.

Overall Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes is a well made piece of documentary film making. We get key people that were involved in the cases and get to hear their stories. If you are someone like me that doesn’t really know who Ted Bundy was you will leave informed. It’s broken up into parts so you can go at a pace that you want and not be overloaded on the info that’s presented. It’s on Netflix so give it a go.

Verdict: Hit


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