First Glance: “No Man of God”

There has been no shortage of true-crime movies, television shows, and streaming specials on Theodore “Ted” Bundy, one of the most notorious and frightening serial killers in United States history. And at this point I’m not sure if there is anything new to learn about the good-looking and charismatic sociopath. But the new trailer for “No Man of God” is hard to look away from and its ‘based-on-true-events’ story isn’t as much about the killings themselves as it is the confessions that finally came after months of lies, misdirection, and denials.

The most chilling thing about the trailer is Luke Kirby’s staggering resemblance to Bundy. His look, temperament, mannerisms all match the footage we’ve seen of the killer. Elijah Wood (who also produced the film) plays FBI Special Agent Bill Hagmaier, one of the Bureau’s first criminal profilers. Hagmaier is tasked with getting inside of Bundy’s head, earning his trust, and rooting out confessions. The movie shows the uncomfortable interviews and the effects it has on Hagmaier outside of the interrogation room. I like the film’s tight focus and it looks to be going for authenticity which is definitely the right move.

“No Man of God” lands in theaters and on VOD August 27th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

8 thoughts on “First Glance: “No Man of God”

  1. Keith I’m going to use a Hemingway quote I learned recently in regards to this movie: “Isn’t it pretty to think so.” when it comes to some hotdog profiler stepping in and all of a sudden Bundy wants to tell him the truth. Remember Truman Capote and how many months and years it took to get to the truth. I just don’t see that shape-shifting creature of darkness allowing itself to be redeemed before it fried.

  2. Nope. That’s enough now.

    There comes a point where glorification comes into play here. Ted Bundy is a monster. With each successive cinematic treatment of it, of each book that comes out, some part of that monster continues to live. This is unacceptable to me. Hollywood really is out of ideas. To have to retread the same vile bullshit in documentary or dramatic narrative form. Inexcusable.

    • There is a fine line for sure and Hollywood has a history of stepping over it. It seems this is supposed to be a movie about Bill Hagmaier but Bundy clearly takes center stage in the trailer. I’m holding out hope, but you make a strong point.

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