In the debut feature from writer/director Scott Reynolds, serial killer Simon (Paolo Rotondo) has been locked up for the last five years, and is being interviewed by psychologist Karen Schumaker (Rebecca Hobbs). Narrated flashbacks reveal Simon's past, the demons and bad treatment in his present, and the potential for more killing. The Ugly won rave reviews, awards at fantasy festivals in Italy and Portugal, and over 30 international sales: Variety called the film "a tricky, stylish horror", praising it's suspense, visuals, and casting. The Listener's Philip Matthews found it "genuinely creepy".
With its complex flashback structure and anti-naturalistic colour scheme, the film forces us to inhabit The Ugly's half-remembered, half-hallucinated world and to share in his shrink's increasing sense of disorientation.– Nigel Floyd, writing in Time Out
Made with funding from the New Zealand Film Commission
Song 'Five World Headline' performed by Supergroove. 'Knife' performed by Crash