Cert: 18 Runtime: 88 mins Director: Tom Six Cast: Laurence R. Harvey, Ashlynn Yennie and Maddi Black
100% medically Inaccurate
The controversy of Tom Six’s Human Centipede duet has always been major news in the film world, especially when the BBFC decided to ban The Human Centipede II but then changed their minds after a few bits of editing recently. I decided to give Part II a go, after being very disturbed after the first film.The story follows Martin (Laurence R.Harvey), an overweight, asthmatic, clammy-skinned, mentally ill parking garage attendant who becomes obsessed with the original Human Centipede film. Yes, the original film exists in the film as a regular movie. A true paradox. Martin begins to brutally beat people with a crowbar, and soon gets the idea to create a human centipede of twelve people.He lives with his mother, has had one checkered childhood, and suffers verbal abuse from everyone he encounters. Martin believes that since he has garnered so much material from the film and compiled it in a scrapbook, he can make an effective centipede. The result is explicit, and since Martin isn’t the sharpest tool in the box, a staple gun, duck tape, and a hammer work more in his favor than a heavy sleeping drug and some stitches.
I think what really killed the original Human Centipede film was publicity. Normally, publicity for a film is good because if it’s causing controversy or causing a debacle, chances are, its box office revenue will be larger. The Human Centipede (First Sequence) would’ve been a lot better if it was a little cult thing, rather than a big mainstream film. If it had been more subtly introduced to the public rather than boasting its twisted set up maybe I would’ve felt more excited to see it.Now I’m faced with the sequel. A sequel that we all know would happen. The Human Centipede II comes branded with another gimmicky “Sequence” title, this time referring to it as “Full Sequence.” It definitely is full of itself, and it definitely is a full dose of shock value and gore. This sequel is so depraved, grotesque, and ugly that any horror fan should feel obligated to watch it.But is it good? That is the question. It truly isn’t, but it definitely keeps one thing the same; the elegant way of filming. With a camera in hand, Tom Six can do wonders. He can make the most disgusting concept appealing just by the way he puts it on film. One person I feel for is David Meadows, the cinematographer on the film. If this film wasn’t so deranged and twisted, he probably would’ve been handed some sort of award. The cinematography in this film was truly a great aspect to such an already atrocious concept.Martin is played Laurence R. Harvey, who does a decent job of putting himself in the role a crazed, mentally unstable human being. Martin doesn’t have any lines of dialog in the entire film except for excessive wheezing, coughing, and sobbing. That’s an interesting element, but it makes the film easy to drift away from.This also serves as one of the most beautifully done black and white films I’ve ever seen. The color is greatly saturated, and the tonality of the contrast is exquisite. But, after all, I did rate this film low so instead of praising the minor qualities that made some of the film watchable I should be discussing what made the film bad.
Here we go. To begin with, the concept is never going to catch on. It’s a sick, idiotic concept that may be medically accurate, but sure isn’t sufficient enough for film. Just like my prime complaint with the first film, once you get past the fact that this depraved human being is sewing people from mouth to anus the film becomes incredibly old and uninspired. It’s sleepily, if at all, written and combines artless shock in hopes of making a good film.What kind of shock do we get, lovely injections of centipedes where the sun don’t shine, extremely bloody torture scenes that could put Saw to shame, a very ghastly scene involving the emptying of bodily waste, and a sick masturbation scene. We also see some more things of great shock, but I dare not spoil them. After all, isn’t the gag reflex one gets from seeing these films the only reason why people keep coming back? I have no problem with horror films, but The Human Centipede II is solely created from the ground up on shocking elements. This is more a competition for the most grotesque scenes rather than a feature length film. Yes, Harvey, the cinematography, and the black and white tonality complement the film in a very minor way, but still, it’s hard to appreciate a film that is mean-spirited for the point of being mean-spirited.Tom Six says that his next installment will be the final entry in the saga of The Human Centipede. Hopefully after this we’ll get to see some more of Six’s true talent behind the camera when he is not busy directing one of the world’s most sickest creations. He does have talent with a camera, why would he want to waste it on such effortless, artless, and joyless content? 3.0/10