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The Ugly (1997)

 -  Drama | Horror | Thriller  -  1 May 1998 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paolo Rotondo ...
Paul Glover ...
Phillip
Christopher Graham ...
Robert (as Chris Graham)
Darien Takle ...
Marge
Rebecca Hobbs ...
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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Rated R for gruesome gory murders, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Dr. Karen Shoemaker: [frustrated] Who are the visitors?
Simon Cartwright: My victims.
Dr. Karen Shoemaker: Your victims? And do they all come visiting together?
Simon Cartwright: All of them.
Dr. Karen Shoemaker: Is it like a big picnic?
Simon Cartwright: Don't fucking belittle me.
Dr. Karen Shoemaker: Then stop trying to bullshit me. You're being visited by a bunch of dead corpses? And you keep killing, so there's more of them to harass you next time.
Simon Cartwright: Just stop.
Dr. Karen Shoemaker: What's inside your head?
Simon Cartwright: Just fuckin' stop!
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Sickening
28 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'd never heard of this film before viewing the "Boogeymen" compilation, and was inspired to hunt it down afterwards, believing I might have missed out on a horror film of stunning importance. Indeed, Paolo Rotondo earned his award for his portrayal of Simon, a shy, good-looking and incredibly violent serial killer. Paolo makes his character sympathetic as we flash back to his childhood and see him beaten by his schoolmates and humiliated further by his weirdo mother. We don't blame him when he kills her. We understand, even if it's on a primal level, the bursts of anger that make him kill again and again. We even hope he will win the girl of his dreams, though when he does, we know it's only a matter of time before she too falls under the razor blade. Simon is a complex character, the sort who stops to rescue an injured dog with the fresh corpse of his most recent murder still in the backseat, or refrains from murdering a little girl because she is deaf, and therefore as damaged as he is.

The film that surrounds Simon is unpleasant, to say the least. It is disgusting and difficult to watch and not always easy to follow. The ambiguous ending left me just as confused as I was when the film began. It was as though the people who made this film couldn't decide whether they wanted a straightforward story of a serial killer, or a dark fantasy about demons and the supernatural powers of the twisted mind. Everything is hinted at, but nothing is verified, and at films end, you are left to make up your own mind. I couldn't help but feel disappointed, especially since it seemed that Mr. Rotondo put his all into a character for a film that just wasn't worth the effort. It left me feeling sick and depressed.


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