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The Ugly Review


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Confessed and convicted serial killer Simon (Paolo Rotondo) has shrink (Rebecca Hobbs) convinced he's rehabilitated. He relives his crimes (amid endless showers of black, not red, blood) while shrink slowly uncovers the truth: That "the ugly" -- blood-crusted demons -- have possessed him somehow. It comes across like most is-he-crazy-or-not? thrillers, though the Kiwi sentiment and goofy black blood symbolism really shine through. Not that that's necessarily a good thing. An abrupt ending makes the whole affair rather forgettable.

Boogeymen Review


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Just when you think there are no new ideas in Hollywood comes a DVD like Boogeymen, which shakes up your expectations of the movies. With the promise of giving you "the greatest hits of horror," Boogeymen is a compilation of scenes from 17 horror movies, ostensibly the best-known bits of the movies' "boogeymen" doing their dirtiest work.

Some of these boogeymen are the real deal -- Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) at the end of the film, Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) in his finest hour, Jason (Friday the 13th) chasing a towel-wrapped co-ed, Pinhead (Hellraiser) ripping apart some dude. These are memorable horror baddies who haunted us during our youth. Then there are scenes from Wishmaster, Leprechaun, The Guardian, and even The Dentist -- not only is it not scary, it's silly and insulting to the other villains (like Psycho's Norman Bates) in the lineup. The Puppetmaster? And The Ugly? I've never even heard of The Ugly.

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