Director: Tom Six
Writer: Tom Six
Stars: Dieter Laser, Ashley C. Williams and Ashlynn Yennie
What they say: During a stopover in Germany in the middle of a carefree roadtrip through Europe, two American girls find themselves alone at night when their car breaks down in the woods. Searching for help at a nearby villa, they are wooed into the clutches of a deranged retired surgeon who explains his mad scientific vision to his captives’ utter horror. They are to be the subjects of his sick lifetime fantasy: to be the first to connect people, one to the next, via their gastric system, and in doing so bring to life ‘the human centipede’.
What I say: When The Human Centipede was released I was still awash in the glow of A Serbian Film. Having seen what I thought was the ultimate horror movie, The Human Centipede seemed silly to me, so I never bothered watching it. When it hit Netflix streaming I watched a little bit of it, and called it a day. Now that The Human Centipede 2 is almost upon us, I figured it was time to finally give The Human Centipede a look and judge it on its own merits.
Having seen it, I can honestly say it was not what I was expecting. I figured it would be a silly bloodbath, I was wrong. The film is deliberately paced, with us taking time to get to know the two women before they become part of the experiment. Even the manicial Dr. Heiter gets a little bit of background.
This film is vile, but it doesn’t get bad until the second half. Even then it’s not as bad as I was expecting. Don’t get me wrong, it is gross, it is sick, and a lot of crazy shit happens. I just expected the film to push it further. That being said as a fan of vile, sick horror films I enjoyed the film, and I’m looking forward to checking out Human Centipede 2.
The film looks really good in its Blu-Ray presentation, nice and sharp. The 2.0 sound gets the job done. Extras include a deleted scene, behind the scenes, director interview, trailer, casting tapes, foley session, and commentary.