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THE UGLY
1997 / Horror
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Directed by Scott Reynolds
Written by Scott Reynolds
Starring Paolo Rotondo, Rebecca Hobbs, Roy Ward and Jennifer Ward-Lealand

A female psychologist wants to understand the mind of a confessed serial killer who spent the last five years in a mental hospital because of his state.

The following tags are associated with this movie: Slasher, Serial Killer
The Ugly (1997)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

8 / 10
The Ugly is a pyshcological serial killer quasi-slasher movie which boasts some fine performances from some relatively unknown actors. The editing and pacing is well-done as there is never really any dull moments to be had. The attacks and slashing scenes are brutal but fairly quick. The plot outline at face-value sounds quite generic but I assure you that The Ugly is a fairly unique story in its field of genre and you surely need to see it at least once in your life.
The Ugly (1997)
Review by Michael Mahoney

7 / 10
Honestly, The Ugly is a pretty simple movie, which the lower budget does well with. Certainly not a classic or anything so grand, this New Zealand film still has enough going for it to be consistently enjoyable.

First-off, the budget here is a bit on the lower side, evidenced by both the somewhat terrible set (though I think it works to a point in-universe) and the small cast. They didn’t really need a large cast, though, and I definitely think what they had worked out well.

The idea behind a movie (a psychologist learning about the life of an insane serial killer) wasn’t anything too special, but the film was somewhat innovative in its stylistic flashbacks. Some good lighting, some interesting black blood, things just gelled here. I wish that the ending had been a bit more reasonable, as it sort of reminded me of Frailty, but whateves, it’s cool.

There’s plenty of solid cast members here, from Jennifer Ward-Lealand (who plays one of the most unlikable mothers in cinema) to Rebecca Hobbs and Roy Ward (that guy just struck me as utterly random throughout the film). My two favorites here, though, are the main serial killer, played wonderfully by Paolo Rotondo and a childhood friend of his, played by young (at the time, she was around 13) Beth Allen. Both brought a lot to the film, and I especially enjoyed Allen’s scenes early on. Her adult counterpart (Vanessa Byrnes) didn’t do near as much for me, alas.

Much of the film might come across as a typical origin story of any run-of-the-mill serial killer, but I thought it packed a pretty emotional punch here and there. Like I said, it’s more the stylistic nature of some of the sequences more than anything that make it memorable, but there are some decent kills and suspenseful scenes throughout.

I didn’t really think that much of The Ugly when I first saw it years back, but it’s aged nicely, and though I don’t think it’d make my ‘Best of the 90’s,’ it’s certainly a slice of foreign horror that might be worth experiencing once.
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