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The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)

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The Story: A creepy, pudgy parking garage attendant who endlessly watches and fixates on The Human Centipede decides to create one of his own. The Lowdown: As reprehensible a piece of filmmaking as you're ever likely to see. This is the textbook definition of a work with no redeeming social value.
Score:
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Genre: Gross-out Horror
Director: Tom Six
Starring: Laurence R. Harvey, Ashlynn Yennie, Maddi Black, Kandace Caine
Rated: NR

Last July, Tom Six’s The Human Centipede ambled into town—on all six hands and knees—and attempted to shock the populace with its tale of a mad doctor who stitches three people together—mouth-to-anus (they’ve been remonkeyed to share a digestive tract)—to form the title creature. It succeeded more in shocking the people who didn’t see it than people who did. (One of them was sufficiently riled to write a letter upbraiding me for drawing attention to the film by reviewing it.) The film itself—while unpleasant enough—was mostly a fairly restrained, often pretty dull affair built on a repellent concept.

Well, here we are with its not-really-a-sequel The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)—only this time it’s not just a disgusting concept wrapped around a relatively tepid movie. If only. No, this one delivers on its … promise. Whether that is a good thing is another matter—and if you think it is, I might think twice about being alone with you. This is perhaps the most vile, repellent, repulsive, depraved, degraded, debased and plain ugly movie I have ever seen. Of course, that is exactly the response that Mr. Six is hoping for, so by saying that I am playing right into his grubby hands. But the fact is that this is one nasty bit of goods. What it still isn’t is scary. It’s merely sick and gross—and it may just be a slap in the face of horror fans when all is said and done.

The premise here is that an obsessed fan named Martin (Laurence R. Harvey—the R is apparently so you won’t confuse him the late actor, which seems improbable at best) has decided to make his own human centipede. Now, Martin is clearly not the pinnacle of human development on any conceivable level. Indeed, I’d say the only thing he has in common with most of us is that he’s bipedal. And from the look of things, he was this way long before he saw The Human Centipede. We’re given no actual character development, but from things said by his monstrous mother (Vivien Bridson)—in scenes ripped off from early David Lynch—it can be gleaned that his father abused and/or molested him and that she blames poor Martin for dad being in prison. And just to prove that Martin can’t catch a break, he has this Walt Whitman-bearded doctor (Bill Hutchens), who is apparently also intent on molesting Martin. That’s not only ethically dubious, but shows a complete lack of taste on the doctor’s part.

But Martin has his dream, a laptop on which he endlessly watches the first Human Centipede film, and a job in a parking garage that allows him to snag victims for his experiment. He also manages to rope one of the “stars” of the real movie (Ashlynn Yennie) into being part of his creation by pretending to be Quentin Tarantino (since he never speaks, I’m unclear how this was done) and luring her to his warehouse of horror. Of course, Martin has no medical knowledge, nor proper equipment, so his attempts at a 12-person centipede are “100-percent medically inaccurate,” as opposed to the “100 percent medically accurate” claims for the first film. What this means is a lot of sloppy, gruesome, unhygienic “surgery,” hammer-and-chisel “dentistry,” and connecting these unfortunates with a staple gun. All of this is presented in loving detail, which is made no less repulsive by the film being mostly in black and white. One color is employed—brown—in the film’s big exploding diarrhea scene. Look, doesn’t that tell you all you need to know?

Apart from the possibility that Six is suggesting that horror fans are on a par with Martin—an absurd, but insulting notion—the film exists solely to dare you to see it. Whether you accept that challenge is your call, but don’t claim you weren’t warned. Not Rated, but contains every conceivable outrage against any vestige of taste in existence.

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About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress since December 2000. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

17 thoughts on “The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)

  1. Jeremy Dylan

    This is perhaps the most vile, repellent, repulsive, depraved, degraded, debased and plain ugly movie I have ever seen.

    Now, that’s a break out quote if I ever saw one.

  2. Jeremy Dylan

    This is perhaps the most vile, repellent, repulsive, depraved, degraded, debased and plain ugly movie I have ever seen.

    Now, that’s a break out quote if I ever saw one.

  3. Dionysis

    I honestly cannot imagine anyone (film critic excepted) that would get in their car, stand in line at the box office, buy tickets and actually watch this. Honestly.

  4. Ken Hanke

    Oh, I can. It’s a kind of dare. And then there’s the “can it really be that bad?” factor. What I am alarmed by is the existence of critics who found this film good. There are 11 positive reviews of it on Rotten Tomatoes.

  5. Barry Summers

    The only thing I like is the concept of a sequel based on someone having watched the first movie. That’s kind of interesting. Has that been done before?

    The rest? Yawn.

  6. Dionysis

    “Oh, I can. It’s a kind of dare. And then there’s the “can it really be that bad?” factor. What I am alarmed by is the existence of critics who found this film good. There are 11 positive reviews of it on Rotten Tomatoes.”

    Well, the world is full of odd people. Personally, I have far too many images in my brain that I wish were not there, and don’t need more of them.

  7. Ken Hanke

    What has been watched cannot be unwatched.

    What I find just as distressing is that far more people have looked at this review and the one for Johnny English so far than any other — and two of those other reviews are for ever so much better movies.

  8. Daniel Withrow

    If you haven’t got anything nice to write about anybody, come sit next to me.

    (Is it really a surprise that we relish the snarky bad reviews more than the good reviews? I tend not to read a positive review before I see the movie, because I don’t want to risk having any surprises spoiled; but I’m happy to read a review of a movie I never plan on seeing, because those reviews are so often hilarious.)

  9. Ken Hanke

    Is it really a surprise that we relish the snarky bad reviews more than the good reviews?

    No. Nor is it news to me, but that doesn’t keep it from being occasionally dispiriting.

  10. Lisa Watters

    Ken, this might lift your spirits a little: I for one already read all the reviews in the actual paper; the only reason I clicked on the Johnny English and Centipede reviews online is because they had the most comments and I really enjoy reading what other people have to say. So it might be that the number of comments is driving the online visits as much as anything else. Hope that helps!

  11. Xanadon't

    the only reason I clicked on the Johnny English and Centipede reviews online is because they had the most comments and I really enjoy reading what other people have to say. So it might be that the number of comments is driving the online visits as much as anything else.

    Truth.

    Also as someone who has seen both The Human Centipede and PA 2 I wanted to I express my abject horror at the idea of someone having to watch the sequels to both films, and in the same week no less. Now that’s a terrifying thought. My deepest condolences.

  12. Ken Hanke

    Well, you’re both right, of course. I’ve noted that the views are often related to the comment traffic. I don’t know if works that way in other sections of the paper, but I tend to stay away from the heavily commented-on political things anymore, since life is easier when I don’t have to deal with a few of the regulars in that realm.

  13. Orbit DVD

    I honestly cannot imagine anyone (film critic excepted) that would get in their car, stand in line at the box office, buy tickets and actually watch this. Honestly.

    Well, I know of ONE person…

  14. trex

    It is very sad when you defend a movie only to regret that defense when you see said film’s sequel. I told friends/co-workers how Human Centipede was very scary because of it’s tension and its enviorment. I went on and on that it wasn’t gory (not as much as SAW and the like). After seeing this trailer and reviews I am disgusted and regret liking the first movie. Very sad that the film maker only wanted to challenge people.

  15. Ken Hanke

    I am mystified at you liking the first movie.

    In any case, this thing is history. I think more people posted here than went to see it. Well, not quite, but close.

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