There are disturbing movies, and then there are really disturbing movies. The Human Centipede (First Sequence), as the title suggests, falls into the latter category. About a mad scientist who decides to sew three innocent people together (mouth to rectum, to be specific), The Human Centipede is strangely alluring - in a very screwed up kind of way.
I love horror movies, but I'm not a big fan of "torture porn" flicks like Saw and Hostel. In turn, the only real people who will love The Human Centipede are people who like movies about disgusting, horrible things inflicted on innocent human beings. But, for what it is, The Human Centipede is an adequately thrilling horror film that stands alone in plot and delivery.
Written and directed by Tom Six, who apparently is working on a sequel called Full Sequence because three people sewn together just isn't enough, The Human Centipede focuses on two young American women who make a wrong turn and for some stupid reason only understood in horror movies they decide to traipse through the woods until they come across the home of a mad scientist. He drugs them and proceeds to sew them together along with some Japanese dude. The second half of the movie focuses on the centipede's attempt to escape and find help.
The movie succeeds largely because the idea is so ridiculous, disturbing and unique you can't help wonder how it's going to end. Dieter Laser plays an intensely scary villain, and more than usual there's a need to see him suffer for his psychotic nature. Will he pay for what he's done, or will he prevail? In these kinds of movies, you never know, and that's what keeps things ticking.
The ending is slightly shocking, though a bit disappointing, too. Without going into detail, I would have taken it a slightly different direction.
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) isn't perfect, and it certainly isn't for everyone, but it is more than unique and disturbing for horror fans looking for something truly f**ked up.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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