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Ugly (Widescreen)

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  • Actors: Paolo Rotondo, Paul Glover, Christopher Graham, Darien Takle, Rebecca Hobbs
  • Directors: Scott Reynolds
  • Writers: Scott Reynolds
  • Producers: Jonathan Dowling
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: May 20 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00000GHZJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,886 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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A confessed serial killer is visited by a doctor. Through her, he recounts his past experiences as they return to him in cloudy flashbacks.

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am a big fan of director Scott Reynolds. With only three feature films to his credit (so far) he has proved himself to be a real talent to watch out for. THE UGLY is his first film, and for a debut, its a doozy. The plot is something that will sound very familiar to fans of the genre (outsider comes to institution to interview serial killer) but the story isn't really what THE UGLY is about. THE UGLY is about style--and by that i do not mean a berserk Tony Scott-like attack on your senses; no, Scott Reynolds knows that style is something that can't be forced.It must be married to the appropriate material; well, here all of the flash cuts and temporal dislocations are part and parcel of the serious mind-trippin' this film engages in. Some people have complained about several loose ends and ambiguities --are the Visitors real or only imaginary? and what is up with that creeeeeeepy doctor?--but I thought that added an extra layer of unease to the whole film; after watching it I find it staying with me.... poking around the edges of my consciousness.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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Had it not been for some very favorable reviews on Internet horror sites, I might never have gotten past the schlocky cover art, which makes New Zealand director Scott Reynolds's second outing "The Ugly" look like just another generic monster movie mash.
"The Ugly" is anything but.
Let me give you an analogy: imagine a "Silence of the Lambs" where Clarisse Starling's initial interview with Hannibal Lecter goes poorly, and Lecter breaks free---with a razor blade.
Magnify that nasty little outcome by a thousand. That, my friends, is what this grim, gruesome little charnel-house of a movie delivers, and, remarkably, on a shoestring budget.
The plot, much like "Silence of the Lambs", is about psychologist Dr. Karen Shoemaker (played admirably by Rebecca Hobbs, who makes Jodie Foster's Special Agent Starling look like a piker), who visits vicious young serial killer Simon Cartwright in an insane asylum, where he is held in solitary confinement pending his trial.
She wants to speak with him privately, free from the brooding, watchful stares of his sadistic jailers (played creepily to the last by Shane Bessant and Steve Hall, both of whom added immeasurably to my viewing enjoyment) and the brooding inquisitiveness of asylum director Dr. Marlowe (played by Roy Ward, who is so quietly bizarre that he qualifies for a movie all by himself). She wants to probe into his mind. She wants to gain his trust. She wants to unfetter him, take the shackles off this civilized savage, probe deep into his sick little brain.
And a sick brain it is indeed---Simon Cartwright makes Hannibal Lecter look as sane as George Plimpton.
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Once again I can thank the Boogeymen DVD for introducing me to this film. This movie is one of the best horror/thriller movies I've seen in years. It's powerful, extremely intelligent and especially unique. It is the quintesential thinking man's horror movie.
The Ugly is unique in the fact that it takes us inside the mind of a serial killer and why he's driven to do such unspeakable things. Paolo Rotondo is magnificent in his role as serial killer Simon Cartwright. The plot is especially rich and deeply interesting. It will keep you off balance and continually guessing. Simon seems to be a shy young man with a troubled past. People constantly making fun of him and spitting all over his existance. Well he gets his revenge to say the least. But why does he do what does? Enter Psychiatrist Dr. Karen Schumaker. She believes she's getting into the mind of Simon and what drives and motivates him in killing his victims. He is very convincing and seems very honest but is this just an act? Is she getting inside his mind or is he getting inside hers?
This movie is not a typical slasher film, it has no demons or supernatural beings, but it is incredibly chilling in the fact it seems very believable. It has just enough blood (the black blood of New Zealand) and will startle you here and there. This movie will be added to my collection and if you have the pleasure of viewing "The Ugly" I'm sure you will add it to yours too. It is an "Instant Classic"
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A very frightening movie about a serial killer (Simon) and a female psychiatrist (Dr. Karen Shoemaker). The screen is filled with murderous flashbacks saturated with blood and gore, but these scenes are not what's scary. Not only is Simon manipulating the naive Dr. Shoemaker, but the director is also manipulating the viewer - you. At first we're led to believe that Simon is lying about his motives for the murders: that he's being instructed to kill by "visitors." Then, not only do we "see" the visitors, but Simon is also able to "project" these images on Dr. Shoemaker. Now Dr. Shoemaker "sees" the visitors who are guiding Simon. If Simon is able to project these powerful images on Dr. Shoemaker, is the director capable of doing the same with the viewer? In other words, is the fatal ending of The Ugly real or unreal? From my perspective, the director simply provides the circumstances for the film's ambiguous ending, and I made the dream sequence come true. The Ugly is one of a handful of movies where the viewer plays an active role in the final outcome. Thoroughly engrossing.
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