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The Ugly (1997)

A female psychologist wants to understand the minds of a confessed serial killer who spent the last five years in a mental hospital because of his state.

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Phillip
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Robert
Darien Takle ...
Marge
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Roy Ward ...
Dr. Marlowe
Cath McWhirter ...
Helen Ann Millar
Carolyn Beaver ...
Helen's friend
Caelem Pope ...
Simon, aged 4
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Evelyn Cartwright
Finn Johnsen ...
Future cop
Phillip Brown ...
Future cop
Tau Luke ...
Future cop
Tim Barlow ...
Police photographer
Sam Wallace ...
Simon, aged 13
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Simon is a confessed serial killer who spent the last five years in a mental hospital because of his state. Dr.Karen Shoemaker wants to get through to him and starts visiting him in the hospital, and his previous life comes to us in flashbacks. Written by Anonymous

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Murder is in the eye of the beholder. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for gruesome gory murders, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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1 May 1998 (USA)  »

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Director Scott Reynolds changes things up by making all of the blood in the movie a dark, black color. Author John Kenneth Muir writes in his book, Horror Films of the 1990s, about how this visual cue may suggest that Simon never saw his victims as being human, making it easier for him to kill. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Karen Shoemaker: Why did you kill her?
Simon Cartwright: I've already told you.
Dr. Karen Shoemaker: No, you told me how. I asked you why. Why did you kill her?
Simon Cartwright: I killed them because I had to.
Dr. Karen Shoemaker: Why did you think you had to?
Simon Cartwright: Because I heard voices.
Dr. Karen Shoemaker: Oh, I know all this Simon, The Ugly would talk.
Simon Cartwright: That's right.
Dr. Karen Shoemaker: No!
Simon Cartwright: What do you mean no?
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Connections

Featured in Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation (2001) See more »

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FIVE WORD HEADLINE
Written by Karl Steven
Performed by Supergroove
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It's a real battle to get genre films made Down Under and there have sadly been very few good ones over the years. 'The Ugly' is one of those few. Highly recommended.
23 May 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Being Australian and a horror movie fan I'm always curious to see any made in Australia, or in 'The Ugly's case, New Zealand. It's a real battle to get genre films made Down Under and there have sadly been very few good ones over the years. 'The Ugly' is one of those few. It would be easy to dismiss this from the packaging as yet another serial killer thriller but no, it's actually a HORROR movie with a supernatural element (something which inexplicably seems to have passed by a few people, going my some of the user comments on this page!) I didn't recognize writer/director Scott Reynolds name at first, but later I realized that I've seen his 'Heaven' starring Martin Donovan, another very interesting movie. Paolo Rotondo who plays the killer is unknown to me but gives a memorable performance, and really helps this work, as does the inventive editing and playing with narrative, which deftly mixes the past and present, fantasy and reality. The stylized touches such as the black blood also made 'The Ugly' fascinating viewing. I'm highly critical of most contemporary horror movies, but I highly recommend 'The Ugly'. Great stuff!


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