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Making a killing: New films about Ted Bundy and Australian mass shooter Martin Bryant are causing offence, but the cinema-going public loves a psycho

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Zac Efron as Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vilea

Zac Efron as Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vilea

Grisly: Chad Michael Murray as infamous serial killer Ted Bundy

Grisly: Chad Michael Murray as infamous serial killer Ted Bundy

Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs

Actress Janet Leigh in Hitchcock’s Psycho. Credit: Bettmann

Actress Janet Leigh in Hitchcock’s Psycho. Credit: Bettmann

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Zac Efron as Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vilea

Lionising mass murderers at the expense of their victims is nothing new in cinema, but it seems to be all the rage at the minute. Last week, at Cannes, Caleb Landry Jones won the festival’s best actor award for Nitram, in which he portrays Martin Bryant, who killed 35 people in Australia’s Port Arthur Massacre in 1996.

The film’s existence has outraged some Australians, including film-maker Richard Keddie, who called it an act of “intentional cruelty”.


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