Let's be real and honest for a second: "The Human Centipede" wasn't nearly as bad as the media made it out to be. Tom Six's contribution to the "torture porn" trend of horror had a pretty twisted idea going for it - a cunning German surgeon who drugged and kidnapped three tourists so that he could tie them together ass to mouth in order to create a single digestive system - but there's no denying that the idea itself was the only thing remotely twisted about the whole affair. As a film, it was pretty inoffensive in that it showed pretty much as little as it possibly could for a film about what it's about. We gave Tom Six a lot of power by reacting as strongly to the thing as we did; the film wasn't even that good.
So he's went and made a sequel, because the true gorehounds were disappointed by the first one and the critics were so easily offended. "The Human Centipede II" is obviously a fuck you to those who thought the first "Human Centipede" was too much. This is pretty much what we thought Six's first go-round with his nasty little premise was going to be; sick, repulsive, inhuman, and not afraid to shy away from all the gruesome details. It's going to piss off a lot of people (the BBC had threatened to ban it at one point and there are several cuts due to the content being tough to, ehem, digest); and in just a few scenes, you could say I'm one of those people. But I remain unmoved.
A play on the movie-going gimmick "It's just a movie", the film presents a world - just like ours - in which the first "Human Centipede" is literally just a movie. But it ends up in the wrong hands; those of the short, pudgy, and possibly mentally retarded Martin (Lawrence R. Harvey, in a demented performance), a shy little man who watches the film over and over again while he's working by day at a parking garage tollbooth. Through the film he finds sexual and intellectual enlightenment; and we learn that he wants to make Dr. Heiter's sick fantasies his reality. So he starts killing unfortunate innocents in the garage and bringing them to a warehouse that he basically stole from a guy after he murdered him.
The film is surprisingly engaging for about the first half, but nonetheless morally repugnant throughout. We get a glimpse of Martin's grim home life; as it is (he lives with a sadistic mother who conspires to murder him and then herself) and as it was (Martin was molested by his father, repeatedly, as an infant). One of the most distressing scenes comes when Martin's mom knocks on the ceiling for the musicians above to stop playing their loud music, provoking one of the band mates to come down and beat the shit out of Martin when mother blames him for her action. Then, Martin is able to set every part of his plan in motion. He murders his mother, kidnaps Ashlynn Yennie (star of the first film), and proceeds to staple mouths to assholes.
The unfortunate truth of this film is that it keeps piling on fucked up scenario after fucked up scenario. Martin masturbates with sandpaper, rapes a woman with barbwire around his penis, a woman gives birth to a baby in her car and then crushes its skull when aiming for the accelerator, and you don't want to know what one of the escaped victims does with Martin's pet centipede. The film is trying too hard to be gross. It's shot in color but converted to black-and-white with some truly interesting cinematography (that catches footage of weird and gross things) that retains a sort of beauty throughout; but who am I kidding, this isn't art. It's just Tom Six trying to get reactions and for the most part succeeding. He shows talent in some areas and none in others. There's no suspense here, no character development; it's just kill after kill, with the more offensive scenes being the only ones that aren't boring. Sorry Six, but I'll be sleeping nights regularly regardless of whether I've seen your film or not. No way is something this mediocre and desperate going to work itself into my sub-conscious. You and the self-proclaimed "hardcore horror fans" deserve each-other.
Star Rating: I detested The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), and yet I’m well aware that it was made with me in mind – me and anyone else who thought that last year’s The Human Centipede (First Sequence) was a disgusting, pointless, morally bankrupt pile of garbage. Writer/director Tom Six made a promise as he was promoting the original film, namely that the sequel would “go full force in graphic details, making part 1 look like My … more
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