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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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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: Haven't you been listening?
Dr. Karen Shoemaker: Refresh my memory.
Simon Cartwright: People pick on me.
Dr. Karen Shoemaker: People pick on me. I don't slice them ear to ear.
Simon Cartwright: Maybe you should.
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Written by Natasha Reid, Mike Carden
Performed by Crash
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" There is no such thing as a vicious dog, just, an animal which has been taught to Kill "
24 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

Insane asylums are places where the most violent people from society are housed. Now, writer/director Scott Reynolds has selected one such character for a dramatic feature called " The Ugly. " The story centers on a very troubled young man named Simon Cartwright (Paolo Rotondo) who has spent years in a maximum psychiatric prison. Convicted by the courts as a serial murderer, his horrendous crimes have earned him great publicity and notoriety. So much so, that a strict and harsh prison warden Dr. Marlowe (Roy Ward) believes Cartright, to be violently and incurably insane and not to be trusted. However, a court medical order has granted, permission for a noted and re-known Phychirtrist Dr. Karen Schumaker to interview the dangerous killer. Inside the harsh environment, brutality is a by-word as the killer/inmate hopes to convince the visiting doctor, that after years of imprisonment, he is cured. He seeks to explain that ever since he was a child, both his abusive mother and a series of bullies and violent co-workers have created his dark side which haunts him with 'visiting' demons which cause him to act out. For the audience, we watch to see which story is the one which will emerge. Good dramatic acting from the cast and an excellent shadowy setting will offer us a chance to see for ourselves. Convinced, I recommend we all take a good look at who is the better lier, before we trust anyone. ****

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