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The Ex (1996)

In order to get her husband back, an architect's psycho ex-wife kills everybody she can get her hands on.


Mark L. Lester


John Lutz (novel), Larry Cohen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Yancy Butler ... Deidre Kenyon
Suzy Amis ... Molly Kenyon
Nick Mancuso ... David Kenyon
Hamish Tildesley Hamish Tildesley ... Michael Kenyon
Babs Chula ... Dr. Lillian Jonas
Claire Riley Claire Riley ... Detective Lang
Barry W. Levy ... Frank
Roger Barnes ... Sam Beltzer
Tom Pickett ... Kenyons Doorman
Barry 'Bear' Horton Barry 'Bear' Horton ... Biker
Arlene Belcastro Arlene Belcastro ... Next Door Neighbor
Ally Warren ... Hotel Clerk (as Allison Warren)


Even though Deidre is already certified insane, she stalks her ex-husband David and his family. Intent on wrecking their lives, Deidre kills all in her way in route to her ultimate doom. Written by Richard Jones <rjo339@swbell.net>

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Release Date:

13 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sombra da Vingança See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


To prepare for her role as a killer, actress Yancy Butler worked out five hours a day and also trained Judo. See more »


Each time they play the video of David and Deidre, the tape pops out of the VCR yet still plays. See more »


Deidre Kenyon: Do you see how wonderful it is having a history as a mental patient? I'm not responsible for one goddamned thing I do. I'm a certified nut. I wouldn't even stand trial, do you hear me? I wouldn't even stand trial.
David Kenyon: Are you threatening me?
Deidre Kenyon: That's my little secret.
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That face, that voice... our little Yancy
21 April 2006 | by vandino1See all my reviews

She may not be a great actress, but Yancy Butler has an unmistakable name, face and voice. Her striking eyes and brows make me think she'd be perfect as the lead in a remake of 'The Wasp Woman.' And that throaty gurgle of a voice is positively un-natural. It's unfortunate that she's had alcohol issues that threw her out of the acting game for a while. But that does make me think how she's appeared so uncomfortable on-camera in most of her roles over the years... even this one. Perhaps it's just this film's sledgehammer of a script making her uneasy here, even as a villain. It's obvious that this thing is riding the same track trodded down previously by 'Fatal Attraction' (although 'Attraction' itself is a variation on an even older film: Clint Eastwood's 'Play Misty For Me'). Yancy gets the juicy role of the crazed ex-wife who terrorizes ex-hubby Mancuso and his second wife Amis. It all leads to an achingly predictable conclusion. Sure, you don't know what will do ol' Yance in, but you know it's coming (and you can figure it won't involve a tub since that would be way too close to 'Fatal Attraction'-- although this film does rely on tubs for Yancy's killing spree). I agree with a fellow commentator who was annoyed with the child actor: indeed, the young boy is truly terrible. They could have used a dog in place of the kid and gotten a better performance. The only interesting facet was having Mancuso be into rough sex. From that, I think a more startling conclusion would have been having Mancuso and Yancy re-uniting---because they're obsessed with each other and play this sick game of rough love that extends to even killing Yancy's sister and Mancuso's new wife. As it is, this is just a b-grade thriller/time-killer.

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