The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)

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Connections: The Human Centipede

Two pretty but ditsy American girls are on a road trip through Europe. In Germany, they end up alone at night with a broken car in the woods. They search for help and find an isolated villa. The next day, they awaken to find themselves trapped in a terrifying makeshift basement hospital along with a Japanese man. An older German man identifies himself as a retired surgeon specialized in separating Siamese twins. However, his three "patients" are not about to be separated but joined together in a horrific operation. He plans to be the first person to connect people via their gastric systems. By doing so, he plans to bring to life his sick lifetime fantasy, the human centipede. --IMDb
Review by Tobes
Added: July 14, 2010
If you're visiting our dear movie site, you probably already know about Human Centipede. It's been all the rage all over the internet, and for some reason unbeknown to me, even people who don't follow horror movies know about it. For a film that only has a small release that's pretty impressive, so that should already tell you there's something special about it.

If you don't know what Human Centipede is all about though, then let me give you a quick one line synopsis...It's a movie about a fucked up doctor who wants to make a "centipede" by sewing people together into a human conga-line of sorts. How is this possible you ask? Lets find out.

Lindsay (Ashley C Williams) and Jenny (Ashlynn Yennie) are two attractive girls visiting Germany from New York who decide to have a nice fun-filled night out on the town. While on the road, their car gets a flat tire out in the woods (doesn't that just ALWAYS seem to happen), and after an older gentleman pulls up to help them and hit on them, they decide that maybe walking through the woods to find help is a better plan. Eventually they reach the house of Doctor Heiter (Dieter Laser), a man who from the moment you see him, you know he's insane. Of course the girls ask him for help, and after making sure they're alone, he drugs them so that he can keep them for his experiment.

As the two girls awaken tied to their hospital beds, they're treated to one of the funniest overhead projector presentations ever: Doctor Heiter talks to his audience (the two girls, and prisoner #3 Katsuro (Akihiro Kitamura)) about how he's known as the top surgeon in regards to removing Siamese twins, and how he just wants more in life. He tells us about how he once created the legendary "3-dog" made from Rottweilers, and the process behind it, and then the slideshow begins. The entire surgical process (which apparently is "100% accurate") is discussed with hilarious drawings of how he's going to basically cut out everyone's knee caps so they can't stand, and how he's going to sew every one together from asshole to mouth, to make a human centipede.

Once the centipede is created, and all the awkwardness from having to watch one of the weirdest and most fucked up things you'll see is gone, the movie is actually pretty funny. Yes, that's right, this movie is entertaining, mostly in the fact that everything that happens after the centipede is created is completely ridiculous and nonsensical.

Want to see the guy at the head of the centipede eat out of dog bowl while the Doctor eats breakfast? Check. Want to hear the Doctor scream at one of the girls in the rear segment to swallow shit? Check.

It's as exploitative as all hell, but it's so over the top that it actually tones down the disgusting aspects of it.

The main flaw and complaint I have about this movie isn't necessarily the story itself, but the flow of the story. The movie is basically three acts: The first fifteen minutes which are amazing and nerve wracking (because you're waiting to see the centipede), the middle forty five minutes which is the creation and "use" of the human centipede, and the last twenty to thirty minutes which could be thrown away. While the first two parts are at least entertaining and flow into each other, it all comes crashing to a halt in act three. It's actually really disappointing in regards to the whole film, because it really kills the mood that was building up until that point.

The other flaw in the film that gets a little aggravating after a while is that it pretty much uses EVERY horror cliche that's out there. I realize we're in 2010 and a lot of things have already been done, but when most of the script seems like fill in the blanks for a horror movie, it's a little disappointing. The concept of the film is obviously completely out there and brand spanking new, but to have it presented in such a boring package is disheartening.

While I do have such a huge complaint about the story (and progression), I don't want you to think this is a bad movie. It's actually quite entertaining for a film who's selling point is getting to see assholes sewn to mouths. I give a lot of props to Dieter Laser because he actually seems legitimately fucking crazy at some points, and he does an amazing job of portraying someone who's both emotionally void and out of his mind at the same time.

One last interesting factoid is that the subtitle of this movie is (First Sequence), and after looking on IMDB, apparently there's a sequel coming out in 2011 with the subtitle of (Full Sequence). This both intrigues and scares me, only for the thought that maybe they'll attach more people next time. I mean, come on now, centipedes have "100 legs", and CGI nowadays is pretty realistic.

And besides, when else are you going to see a non-adult film that completely revolves around going ass to mouth?

Chad #1: Chad - added 07/15/2010, 12:35 AM
Such a badass movie, can't wait for the sequel. I got this to see a human centipede, and by god, I saw a fucking human centipede. For that, the film gets a huge thumbs up from me. 9/10.
Tristan #2: Tristan - added 08/13/2010, 10:21 AM
Didn't quite live up to my expectation. It was pretty good, but I felt it fell apart at the end.

Greg Follender #3: Greg Follender - added 11/02/2010, 12:51 AM
Utter and complete shite.
So purposeless and unimpressive in any way that berating it here only serves to grant it undeserved attention.

Someone sold a few of you a false bill of sale...

4/10... and only that because they kept the boom out of frame... and the image quality was fairly high.
bluemeanie #4: bluemeanie - added 11/02/2010, 11:46 AM
Agreed. Overrated piece of crap. 2/10 because I enjoy the word 'centipede'.
George Snow #5: George Snow - added 01/24/2013, 11:24 PM
This was one messed up movie. So disturbingly enjoyable. Everything was top notch.

Follender and Bluemeanie (I know your posts are old) but, don't think this is so over the top that it could never happen. Because it probably has. I'm guessing that's the reason you find this movie to be a piece of crap. People do fucked up things to each other all the time.
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