I hid under the blanket for the cat and murder videos. I didn’t have the stomach for it knowing what was going to happen. Don’t F*ck with Cats unfolded just like a real-life movie and it was terrifying to realize that such people truly exist in this world and that people relish notoriety for evil acts. Poor innocent animals. Poor Jun Lin.
All in all, Joe Berlinger did a great job with the documentary but perhaps this was also the same reason that this film felt lacking in so many aspects. The film did try to inject a level of coolness to the movie with its heist type musical score. It also tried its best to make Ted Bundy’s escapes and ploys appear masterful but it was unable to sustain the interest of the audience in its mechanical approach to telling the story. Berlinger should have quit while he was ahead. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile was a snoozefest.
All in all, I very much liked Velvet Buzzsaw and thought the ending was an excellent touch to imply a continued horror and also close the chapter for this set of characters who were so blinded by ego that they failed to see the big picture (pun intended). Great performances by the cast across the board and an engaging film about a topic that not all people are familiar about — art and possibly serial killers who live next door. Chills.
Bundy will forever be etched in history as one of the most notorious serial killers in history because he is the poster boy for the saying that one should not judge a book by its cover. The evil that he has committed and his obvious pride at what he has accomplished is a terrifying wake up call that transcends generations. As much as I would want to judge him with compassion, it would be far too difficult to do so, knowing what he has done and what future he deprived those women of when he ended their lives. Still, he may have gotten his wish in the end. He made a name for himself alright, only, not as a revered public figure, but rather a reviled character that nightmares are made of.
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