I thought the trailer gave too much away. It made me uncomfortable, though, and that was something. A feeling I couldn't shake for a couple of days, some kind of unnaturalness--different from being entirely grossed out, just wrong. I was intrigued, in spite of myself. And nervous, afraid the film would leave me feeling even more weird.
"Well, I'm gonna go shower. And then I'm gonna shower again. A few more times after that," Brad said.
I have to admit, I didn't feel nearly as icky. I think the trailer, in its reveal, had prepared me. Still, the very idea of a human centipede is mind-blowingly disgusting. And to have it explained in painstaking detail, and then to see the result in all its perverted glory, it's hard not to be both fascinated and alienated by the science and depravity of it all.
Made to fetch and follow the doctor around his house, the threesome suffers indignities that are largely incomprehensible. Although it is completely beyond most people's ability to empathize with the unfortunate human subjects, sympathy and disgust vie for equal representation. Displaying an ability to be both awing and awful, the film addresses the issue of who-goes-where, with complete openness. There is no doubt the mid-section is the worst position to be in, and the doctor explains, in the same straightforward manner as he did with the surgery, exactly how and why he chooses his victim.
The centipede may be the centerpiece of the movie, but Dr. Heiter is easily the best thing about the film. He's a human inhuman monster. Not some detached, superior intellectual, but a feeling man who is truly and deeply touched by madness. Once a great surgeon, he has retired to the country to pursue his medical experimentation in peace. Unlike other monsters who wear a mask of benevolence, Dr. Heiter is has no interest in making people feel welcome or comfortable in his home.
To give the film credit, where credit's due, the movie does not take us into the operating room, but gives us time to reflect on the procedure. Indeed, this down time tends to drag just a bit, but the delicacy with which the film handles the moment of sewing three people together, is surprising. And it's balanced, or perhaps more appropriately, offset, by the remainder of the film being focused almost entirely on the experiences of the centipede.
** out of **** As "The Human Centipede: First Sequence" opens, we are introduced to a less-than-good doctor named Josef Heiter (Dieter Laser) who holds creepy pictures of three dogs sewn together from mouth-to-ass. He then shoots a fat trucker who stops next to his car on the side of the road. What is his sinister plan for this man? And what of the dogs? We're meant to wait a little bit until we get our answers. Which in the case of the film means maybe twenty to thirty minutes … more
Most normal people should avoid this crap-fest. I'm a huge horror fan and this, my friends is just a gross out movie about a crazy doctor that kidnaps a few kids and sews them together to make a centipede-like chain of people. This seems to be the Europeans taking the culmination of what passes for a slasher flick over here nowadays to the extreme. Personally I think all of the Rob Zombie and similar remakes of good horror movies are all stupid to begin … more
Usually I spend my time putting in an in depth review of many horror movies and games; sorry followers, this time this is not the case. A little while ago I heard about a lot of hype on Human Centipede, being called the grossest and most disturbing horror movie ever. Peeking my interest I decided to check it out. OH MY GOD, what a letdown, this movie left me physically angry after it was over; I say with so much passion that Tom Six (The writer and director of this movie) should … more
When The Human Centipede by Tom Six was first recommended to me, I was sure that it was a joke. "No, really. What's it about?" It is the kind of plot that is almost too ridiculous to comprehend. Can you really make an entire film around... that? Yes, you can. Of course, just because you CAN do something, doesn't mean that you SHOULD. But they did anyway, and the result is one of the most grotesquely hilarious films I have seen in years. There is no … more
I love horror movies. I love to talk about them, read about them, and even watch them from time to time. I write a blog and host a weekly podacast with Count Vardulon in which we argue about, laugh over, … more
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The Human Centipede (First Sequence) is a 2010 horror film written and directed by Tom Six. It stars Dieter Laser, Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie, and Akihiro Kitamura.
The Human Centipede received mixed reviews but several accolades at various international film festivals. The film was released in the United States on Video on Demand on April 28, 2010 and theatrically on April 30. Tom Six has begun working on a sequel, The Human Centipede (Full Sequence) which will be released in 2011.