The Human Centipede (2009)

The Human Centipede (2009)

Directed by: Tom Six

Starring: Dieter Laser, Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie

Much like Cannibal Holocaust, this movie is remarkable because of the extremely effective word-of-mouth campaign that brought it’s name around horror fan circles. I’ll admit, I was actually a little nervous going into this one, just because I’d heard so much about it and I didn’t know whether I’d be able to stomach it. As it turns out, the only really good part of the film is the movie poster. That is a damn good poster.

A mad scientist decides to stitch three people together, connecting them mouth-to-anus, to create a weird little pet for himself. Then they just kinda putter around the house for a while until some cops come and figure out what’s going on, and then everybody dies.

That’s the thing, the core horror concept of The Human Centipede is vile and disgusting and just horrible. Which is great for a horror movie! That’s what you’re supposed to do! But it never gets developed in any meaningful way. It’s like this Tom Six guy just came up with a gross idea, figured that was good enough to make a movie from, and that was it. Apparently this was a common sentiment after seeing the film, though, so Six made a sequel that was even more chock full of gross things (and from what I can tell, still no actual plot). In a way it’s interesting, because nobody with better taste than this guy would’ve ever made this movie… but that’s what it would take to make it any good.


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