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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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Scott Reynolds

Writer:

Scott Reynolds
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Cast

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

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 »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A csúf See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Simon Cartwright: [struggling against the handcuffs] Can we take these off? I haven't hurt anyone in six years.
Dr. Karen Shoemaker: It says here you attacked an orderly.
Simon Cartwright: He burnt me with a cigarette.
Dr. Karen Shoemaker: He's in a wheelchair now!
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Available in both R and unrated versions. See more »

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

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Something Is Missing to Be a Great Film
1 August 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The successful psychologist Dr. Karen Schumaker (Rebecca Hobbs) comes to a mental institution directed by Dr. Marlowe (Roy Ward) to evaluate the dyslexic serial-killer Simon "The Ugly" Cartwright (Paolo Rotondo). Simon discloses the sad story of his life, bullied at school and abused by his mother Evelyn Cartwright (Jennifer Ward-Lealand). His only friend Julie was separated from him by his mother when he was a teenager. Simon claims that he hears voices that force him to kill. When Dr. Schumaker earns his trust, she discovers what is going inside Simon's head.

"The Ugly" is an original film with a different combination of drama, thriller and horror. The two nurses are nasty and the plot keeps the attention of the viewer until the very last scene. Unfortunately the conclusion is disappointing and gives the sensation that something is missing to be a great film. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "The Ugly- O Maníaco" ("The Ugly – The Maniac")


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