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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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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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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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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

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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

Dr. Karen Shoemaker: Up until Julie's murder, none of your victims were sexually assaulted.
Simon Cartwright: Neither was she.
Dr. Karen Shoemaker: Was that the first time you'd ever been with a woman?
Simon Cartwright: [pause] Yes.
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Available in both R and unrated versions. See more »

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Written by Karl Steven
Performed by Supergroove
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Unrated version reviewed.
18 May 2003 | by capkronosSee all my reviews

Intelligent, attractive psychiatrist Karen Schumaker (Rebecca Hobbs) shows up at a mental hospital to re-assess Simon (Paolo Rotondo)--A handsome, soft-spoken schizo serial killer who left no pattern for a compulsive string of grisly mass murders. Flashbacks reveal childhood abuse at the hands of taunting bullies and an imposing, domineering mother and of his razor-wielding murder spree. It's all because of "The Ugly," his scarred alter ego that compels him to kill. Simon turns out to be so brilliant, he not only gets under Karen's skin... but inside her head as well.

This unique thriller has excellent lead performances, flashy editing, stylish direction and top-notch production values, but the director blurs the line between troubling reality and twisted fantasy far too often and tacks on a clichéd and disappointing ending. An unusual touch was the usage of ink-black blood for the murder scenes. I don't care what the metaphoric implications of that choice are, I found it to be both annoying and ineffective.

Despite those flaws, THE UGLY is certainly worth watching and showcases many talents (in front of and behind the camera) to watch for in the future.


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