The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)
Written by: Tom Six
Directed by: Tom Six
Starring: Dieter Laser, Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie
Reviewed by: Matt Kenary
Oh boy! I’m sure that most of you reading this have either seen or heard about this movie. I’ve heard it described as “gross, disgusting, perverted, shocking, disturbing, deplorable and revolting”. I have also heard it called “brilliant”, it is because of all those adjectives together is the reason why I wanted to watch this film. This is definitely not a movie for everyone even though its crude reputation is a bit overblown; it can still invoke certain images that may be deemed unpleasant to the vast majority of the human race. I would never recommend this to my Mom or even my Sister-in- law, who is a recent convert to the “so bad it’s good” horror experience. Director Tom Six simply had a sick idea and decided to put it to film for people, like me, who might enjoy such “rubbish.”
An evil, twisted German surgeon (aren’t they all), Dr. Josef Heiter, who is world renown for separating Siamese twins, kidnaps two American tourists, Lindsey and Jenny and a Japanese tourist in order to fulfill his lifelong experimental fantasy of creating a human centipede. As he explains to them, strapped helpless to their surgical beds, that he plans on surgically attaching each of them, mouth to anus, to create a creature with a single digestive system. After completing the surgery, Dr. Heiter has created his human centipede with the Japanese tourist, who can’t speak any English and is now the only one who can speak, at the head followed by the two Americans. The doctor then goes on to try to train his new “pet”, things like fetch and play dead and how to eat and other more disgusting things, if you know what I am talking about. The Doctor is in his glory, but as the detectives start closing in and the science of the centipede may not be enough to sustain its life we are left to wonder; Will the doctor get away with his sick experiment? How can anyone survive after being a human centipede?
I loved this movie, this the exact film I pictured when I heard the title. Throw away the shoddy science of it all and the plot holes and just about that doesn’t make sense, this film is a winner based plainly on the fact that it grosses us out without really showing us anything. Sure, you see them naked and attached, face to butt, but that is about all, so when Herr Doctor make a song and dance during the first “bowel movement”, you are simply grossed out by the idea of what is really happening inside them. You picture the vileness of it moving from one person to another, but nothing is ever shown, the grossness of this movie is all in the idea of it. The simple script and Dieter Laser as the doctor definitely help make this film an overall quirky experience. Like I said, there are probably more people out there that despise this movie than love it, but I pride myself on being on the outer fringe of taste. The Human Centipede will make you uncomfortable, squeamish, feel dirty and you’ll probably find yourself in the corner of a room softly weeping. If that sounds fun, then this movies for you. I give this nauseating film, 1.5 guys out of 3.