Lilly Collins was haunted by Ted Bundy’s victims but they did not scare her. Collins is the star of the new movie about Bundy called Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.
The star told The Guardian that while preparing to play the role of Bundy’s ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer in the new movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, she was woken up every night at 3:05 AM. She said, “I would go downstairs and have a cup of tea, trying to figure out why I had woken up again. I started being woken up by flashes of images, like the aftermath of a struggle.”
She added, “I discovered that 3 a.m. is the time when the veil between the realms is the thinnest and one can be visited. I didn’t feel scared. I felt supported. I felt like people were saying, ‘We’re here listening. We’re here to support. Thank you for telling the story.’”
Collin’s character Kloepfer dated Bundy in the 1970s. Joe Berlinger has directed the movie. He also created the docuseries Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. In the series one of Bundy’s potential victims, Carol DeRonch explained how Bundy attacked her in 1974 by pretending he was a police officer after her car broke down.
She said, “He headed down a side street and then he suddenly pulled over up on the side of a curb up by an elementary school. That’s when I just started freaking out: ‘What are we doing?’ And he grabbed my arm and he got one handcuff on one wrist and he didn’t get the other one on and the one was just dangling. I had never been so frightened in my entire life.”
The movie is based on Kloepfer’s book. The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy is a memoir about her experiences that was released in 1981. Collins said that she had the chance to meet Kloepfer and get help from her in her portrayal. She said, “She was so gracious, her and her daughter Molly were so gracious and inviting me and giving me material to look at and speaking to me and just allowing me to ask questions.”
The movie is now streaming on Netflix.