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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Simon Cartwright
... Phillip
... Robert
Darien Takle ... Marge
... Dr. Karen Schumaker
Roy Ward ... Dr. Marlowe
Cath McWhirter ... Helen Ann Millar
Carolyn Beaver ... Helen's friend
Caelem Pope ... Simon, aged 4
... Evelyn Cartwright
Finn Johnsen ... Future cop
Phillip Brown ... Future cop
Tau Luke ... Future cop
Tim Barlow ... Police photographer
Sam Wallace ... Simon, aged 13


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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A subversive incursion into human mind perversions! 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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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 »


Simon Cartwright: Is that offer still open? To try on you what I tried on that bitch?
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Written by Karl Steven
Performed by Supergroove
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Never 'very good', but certainly not bad: here is The Ugly
16 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

New Zealand is not a country that instantly springs to mind when one is asked the question of "which countries make good films", and that's for good reason; as they haven't made all that much. One film they have made, however, is this one; The Ugly. And it's not bad at all. While never brilliant, and certainly not matching the claim on the DVD box (on par with Seven and Silence of the Lambs, this is not), The Ugly still represents a minor success within the overpopulated psychological thriller sub-genre. Getting this sort of movie right is difficult because the auteur needs to find just the right balance between scares and intrigue, all the while ensuring that it remains believable. While Scott Reynolds hasn't managed to pull this off to a massively high standard; he's done well in capturing the essence that the film needs, so kudos to him for that. The story follows a psychiatrist that is brought in to analyse Simon Cartwright; a notorious and extremely mental serial killer. However, as she gets deeper into his mind, she finds it increasingly harder to escape...

One thing I love about productions made in countries that don't mass-produce movies is the way that the local accents and dialect always find their way into the movie. The Ugly features lots of thick Australian accents, and it's nice to see in my opinion, as it firmly establishes the movie in it's home country. The film is at it's eerie best when our 'hero' is telling of his crimes and why he committed them. Just like he does with the psychiatrist, Simon Cartwright draws us into his world and it's a fascinating ride to be on. However, this asset is also the film's downfall as the action is never fantastically intriguing, and the plot tends to wander off at times which doesn't allow the viewer to stay in tune with the movie, thereby hindering it somewhat. However, the foreboding atmosphere and interesting array of characters ensure that the film never comes to a complete halt and it's short running time makes sure that the film is efficient and doesn't waste time on needless elements. I certainly recommend this movie, just as you long as you know that it's no Silence of the Lambs.

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