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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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"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.Read more ›
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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I just picked this movie up today at a used bookstore. A good friend of mine is a Horror movie fan and I thought it would be fun to watch it. Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by SKOLVK
The DVD says unrated... I bought the DVD and it has no extra footage than the VHS I rented last year. Read morePublished on March 10 2004
full of images and gore that can be over the top especially with all that blood but The Ugly is like a treat..all those sucky horror films like fear. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2003 by Michael Bolts
First what was good was it had a good script, and was well directed. But maybe it was just the version I saw, but all the blood except the final scene was black. Read morePublished on April 5 2003 by Bryon Mcmahan
...well, they do, but not very often. The Ugly is an exceptional little horror movie that mixes great visual's with an intriguing storyline and quite good acting. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2002 by Ian McDonald
I ran across this beauty while watching the BoogeyMan DVD that came out around last halloween. I immeadately started looking for it and finally bought it for my birthday. Read morePublished on July 31 2002 by joseph meyers
Yow! i liked this one! Well done all around. An interesting story, solid direction, good use of the camera. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2002
A very underrated little nasty. The Ugly's title says it all. But instead of going the all out gore route in plot. Read morePublished on March 24 2001