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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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The Ugly - It's not a pretty picture! 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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Trivia

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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Alternate Versions

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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KNIFE
Written by Natasha Reid, Mike Carden
Performed by Crash
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Very slick thriller
8 August 2001 | by SobriquetSee all my reviews

I wanted to see The Ugly when it was released in cinemas, but I didn't actually get a chance to watch it until I rented it a few years later. Now I regret not seeing it in the cinemas when I had the chance - this movie would have been awesome on the big screen!!

Simon Cartwright, a convicted serial killer, is a patient at a local mental institution under the care of two abusive orderlies and the sadistic Dr. Marlowe. Simon requests outsider Dr. Karen Shoemaker to re-evaluate his mental state, and through a series of interviews she learns more about his past and about his crimes. The use of disjointed and out of order flashbacks tease us with glimpses into Simon's past, and as the movie progresses, we see Karen being drawn further and further into Simon's fantasy world. As she begins to be affected mentally, so too are the viewers.

There's been a lot of criticism over this movie, mostly claims that the characters weren't believable enough or that the SFX were bad. To really appreciate this film you have to pull your mind away from what's conventional and try to see what the director is trying to do. Scott Reynolds isn't trying to follow some set 'horror movie' pattern or copy a particular movie genre. In the movie, "The Ugly" is a monster inside Simon's head, and that's what Reynolds is trying to do- get inside our heads, disturb us and shake us up a bit. This is done through the creepy atmosphere of red and blue colour themes, and the black blood adds to the surreal mood of the movie. Some of the characters are a bit unbelievable but this adds a 'Twin Peaks' feel to the film. And as for the ending, some things are better left unexplained, people!!

This movie is very violent and creepy, and guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. If you like it, tell all your friends about it! I give it a 8.5/10


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