Dave's Rating:

4.0

You might not want to know.

Who's In It: Dieter Laser, Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie, Akihiro Kitamura

The Basics: A surgeon revered for his ability to separate Siamese twins has lost his mind and begins a new hobby in which he sews creatures back together instead. At first it's his three pet canines ("My sweet little three-dog," he coos as he caresses a picture of the failed, deceased experiment) and then it's two American party girl tourists and a Japanese man. How to describe this without making you stop reading or running off to go barf? Okay here goes... he surgeries them all together, removing teeth and kneecaps and... then he makes one long digestive tract. Sorry. That's what happens. In the first 30 minutes. After that it gets even nastier.

What's The Deal: If you think you don't want to go see this movie then you shouldn't. You can trust your instincts. But if you're the kind of horror fan who likes it when boundaries are crossed and a film leaves you puzzled as to whether you're supposed to laugh or feel sick inside or both, then get yourself to whatever weirdo theater you can find that's showing it. Filmmaker Tom Six takes the old-school David Cronenbergian idea of the body as a horror all its own and pumps it full of depraved new life. It's as if every moment of screen time he asked, "What's the worst possible thing that could happen to these people right now?" And then he did it to them. It'll take the "Hell yeah!" you shouted when you read my little synopsis just now and hand you back a cold, bleak plate of hopelessness and punishment. It's at times heart-racingly tense, less gory than you'd expect, hilarious, horrible, and not like anything else you've ever seen.

Why I Just Used The Word "Hilarious" To Describe What Is Possibly the Grossest Movie You'll Ever See: Because I've already witnessed the part where the bad doctor tries to teach his inhuman creation to fetch the newspaper. You'll laugh in spite of yourself. And you're meant to.

Biggest Shock: Good acting all around. That's weird when you stop to consider that the two women in the film communicate for the last 2/3 of the film via shrieks, hysterical sobbing muffled by butt cheeks and whatever emotion they can register with their eyes. Meanwhile, whatever ideas about Mad Scientists you had in your head will be smashed to pieces by Dieter Laser's go-for-broke-and-then-straight-to-Hell performance.

And Here Comes The Sequel: Six, according to his director's commentary in the press notes says, "I am now writing the sequel The Human Centipede (Full Sequence) with a 12-person human centipede and that movie will go full force in graphic details, making part 1 look like My Little Pony." So... um... hell yeah?

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Comments (11)

Patrick Baum - 10-08-2010 12:24 AM
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this movie sounds disgusting but very interesting......you hooked me with the muffled by buttcheeks

Nick Welker - 10-09-2010 10:43 AM
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I was literally on the verge of throwing up.. but I couldn't care less. This movie was fricking amazing to me. Yes it was gross and shocking, and at times overly obscene, but I've never seen anything so inventive and original. Can't wait for the sequels.

marianne - 10-11-2010 6:55 PM
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The science teacher at my daughter's school showed this film to her students... because, well... technically one (extremely perverted person) could actually do this. Scientifically viable... repulsive, undeniable! Watch out all lost party girls...

Erika - 11-10-2010 9:48 PM
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LOVED IT! And they left the girl in the middle all alone. How twisted is that?! Totally out of my comfort zone. Can't wait to see more!

jes bish - 3-15-2011 3:45 AM
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Loved the whole thing! Curled my toes... squeezed my butt cheeks... and even made me yell out instruction on how to escape to my tv screen! More movies like this please!

Hamza - 5-04-2011 10:23 PM
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Love your foreshadowing, Dave White. "Hell yeah" never sounded so great. I think i'll see this on the basis of this review. I mean, I saw Jackass 3D, I'm sure I can handle sitting through this, right?

snottydick - 8-16-2011 9:54 PM
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Perhaps the finest movie ever made. Dieter Laser is the worst(best) bad guy of all time. I laughed I pooped i watched it twice!

Little alf - 9-20-2011 9:11 PM
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I was treading on thin ice when I watched this. My stomach was already very delicate from a previous appointment with my mates, Stella, Mr Foster and Carl S Berg the night before. It's actually not as stomach churning as it sounds because you don't actually see the event (two girls, no cup, but a Honda driver) occur, it's all down to the imagination. Although the acting was crap and some of the plot (why does their screaming keep Doctor Heiter awake but the coppers can't hear them?) it's definitely edge of the seat stuff

Harvey Roy Greenberg MD - 12-25-2011 3:15 PM
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Psychoanalyst/film critic and theorist, Harvey Roy Greenberg MD, www.doctorgreenberg.net for sample work. Have written extensively on horror, including a long essay on "CRUEL CINEMA", online, and can be found in my second book, SCREEN MEMORIES. HUMAN CENTIPEDE, neither aesthetically nor conceptually in Cronenberg's league, body-horror or otherwise, but has an undeniable Grand Guignol gaggingly abysmal potency. Found myself thinking inevitably of Kafka's METAMORPHOSIS. Intriguingly, surprisingly little actual feces, but this is a as traumatic and embodiment of FULL METAL JACKET's 'world of shit' as one has ever seen. The 'hero''s suicide as the only possible act of will -- redemptive or otherwise -- remaining, is intriguing, but hardly a nov

Harvey Roy Greenberg MD - 12-25-2011 3:28 PM
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Just to finish: The Japanese fallen -- literally -- hero's terminal suicide as the only possible act of free will, redemptive or otherwise, is intriguing, but hardly a novelty. On further thought, another point of reference would be the EC horror comic canon. I've addressed the anarchic spirit of the EC work in "ARRGGGGGHHH REVISITED", a review of the first CREEPSHOW film, which is out there somewhere on the 'net. The same huge and cry about the utter depravity of HUMAN CENTIPEDE greeted TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, SCANNERS, et cetera. These films went on to become film school classics, generating a great deal of writing, notably on by film-theoretical leftists. Good essay by Robin Wood in JUMP CUT about 30 y

Jasmine - 12-30-2012 3:57 AM
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To expand on the review's comment that the acting was good all around: I think the amazingly bad decision making of the actors made the acting seem bad but was actually thematically central, creating along with the premise/plot constant, consistent tension throughout the whole movie. We are not only experiencing the horror of this premise but we experience it through the self-destructiveness of the characters' decisons. Don't be fooled - he's using typical "bad horror movie acting" for a purpose.

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