The Ugly Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for The Ugly the Movie

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Confessed serial killer Simon (Rotondo) has celebrity shrink Karen (Hobbs) evaluate him to determine whether he's cured or has to stand trial for his crimes. Through flashbacks, dream sequences, and fantasies (both Simon's and the doc's), Simon's screwed-up past is revealed: mentally and physically abused by an unstable mother (Ward-Leeland) and picked on by bullies, he commits his first murder at 13. First-time director Reynolds' use of red herrings, alternate points of view, and mixing of perspectives can be hard to follow, but they do ratchet up the suspense. He also doesn't scrimp on the gore, which is highly stylized and effective.


CinemaNow, 4553 Glencoe Ave., Ste. 200, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, URL:, Remarks: Formerly known as Lions Gate Home Entertainment

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 93 minutes.
Originally from New Zealand.

Cast and Crew

Flashback, Monster Moms, Serial Killers, Shrinks, Hospitals & Medicine, Sanity Check
Scott Reynolds
Paolo Rotondo, Rebecca Hobbs, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Roy Ward, Vanessa Byrnes
Simon Raby
Scott Reynolds
Victoria Kelly
Trimark Pictures

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