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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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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 »

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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: Is that offer still open? To try on you what I tried on that bitch?
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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 »

Soundtracks

FIVE WORD HEADLINE
Written by Karl Steven
Performed by Supergroove
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Sickening
28 December 2003 | by GafkeSee all my reviews

I'd never heard of this film before viewing the "Boogeymen" compilation, and was inspired to hunt it down afterwards, believing I might have missed out on a horror film of stunning importance. Indeed, Paolo Rotondo earned his award for his portrayal of Simon, a shy, good-looking and incredibly violent serial killer. Paolo makes his character sympathetic as we flash back to his childhood and see him beaten by his schoolmates and humiliated further by his weirdo mother. We don't blame him when he kills her. We understand, even if it's on a primal level, the bursts of anger that make him kill again and again. We even hope he will win the girl of his dreams, though when he does, we know it's only a matter of time before she too falls under the razor blade. Simon is a complex character, the sort who stops to rescue an injured dog with the fresh corpse of his most recent murder still in the backseat, or refrains from murdering a little girl because she is deaf, and therefore as damaged as he is.

The film that surrounds Simon is unpleasant, to say the least. It is disgusting and difficult to watch and not always easy to follow. The ambiguous ending left me just as confused as I was when the film began. It was as though the people who made this film couldn't decide whether they wanted a straightforward story of a serial killer, or a dark fantasy about demons and the supernatural powers of the twisted mind. Everything is hinted at, but nothing is verified, and at films end, you are left to make up your own mind. I couldn't help but feel disappointed, especially since it seemed that Mr. Rotondo put his all into a character for a film that just wasn't worth the effort. It left me feeling sick and depressed.


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