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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

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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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A subversive incursion into human mind perversions! 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: 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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Alternate Versions

Available in both R and unrated versions. See more »

Connections

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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Wants to be more then it is.
11 January 2002 | by Zod-2See all my reviews

The Ugly is a pretty good movie up until the unbelievable and unremarkable ending. While the story isn't very original, the director is obviously a fan of Norman Bates, it does hold the viewers interest and one is drawn into the story and looks forward to what will happen next. I do however have a complaint about the film. The ending is stupid and as mentioned above, unbelievable. One previous reviewer stated in their review that "some things are better left unexplained". It is my feeling that endings like the one in The Ugly are the result of a writer/director who doesn't know how to end their movie interestingly. It's not clever scripting but bad writing. Overall The Ugly is an okay horror movie. It does have a fair bit of suspense and a couple of good shocks but nothing too noteworthy. Prior to the ending The Ugly rated an 8 but as a whole rates a 5 out of 10.


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