The Human Centipede
October 17, 2010
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I’ll be the first to admit that the concept for this movie both repulsed and intrigued me. They went to great lengths to ensure that the centipede was indeed accurate. Unfortunately, the gimmick is it’s only reason to watch the film in its entirety.
The Human Centipede is a B-movie through and through. The dialogue is weak and the effects, outside the actual centipede, are amateurish. The cast is very one-dimensional. Despite its B-movie appeal, the film falls flat.
The story follows two American tourists as they head to a party while in Germany. When their car breaks down, they go looking for a place to call for assistance. They meet the bizarre Mr. Heiter, a surgeon who specializes in Siamese twin separations. But this time, he is instead connecting people via the gastrointestinal tract, and they have become two-thirds of his creation.
Following the actual surgery, almost a lll remaining dialogue is in either Japanese or German, with the two girls moaning gutturally as the back two parts of the centipede. This disconnect allows for the language barrier to act as an additional force separating the victim(s).
This film is not for the faint of heart. In fact, this film should be reserved for people who truly enjoy an outlandish horror movie. And even then, it isn’t a good one. It has its moments, but it is ultimately not enough to deliver on such an original concept. 2.5 stars out of 5