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The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2010)

April. 26,2010
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During a stopover in Germany in the middle of a carefree road trip through Europe, two American girls find themselves alone at night when their car breaks down in the woods. Searching for help at a nearby villa, they are wooed into the clutches of a deranged retired surgeon who explains his mad scientific vision to his captives' utter horror. They are to be the subjects of his sick lifetime fantasy: to be the first to connect people, one to the next, and in doing so bring to life "the human centipede."


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This rather gripping tale is one I stumbled upon recently via Netflix. I had read about it and out of boredom decided to search for it & check it out. I will say straight out that if you are going into watching this hoping for any outrageous gore you will be severely disappointed. This is neither Hostel or Saw. It's disturbing in its own way but not in a gore hound sort of way. It's way too surgical & precise in it's execution to satisfy any of that sort of fetish. What we have here is a dark psychological thriller that's ripe with tension. One built within framework which is most decidedly shock and awe driven. It's power is in interestingly enough in the fact that it shows you so little. You know what it is you're viewing and you feel wrong for looking but at the same time you can't exactly look away either. It becomes in effect it's own guilty pleasure. It shows you only what it needs to (very little gore as I've mentioned ). Just enough bare bones for you to get a glimpse into the fantasy of this maniac surgeon. He has you, he has your attention, rather you want him to or not. The power to look away is no longer yours, you've become his captive audience & that's precisely how he planned it all along.


I've been reluctantly planning on watching this movie for years. Through many references, jokes and memes on the internet, I have always been aware of the concept of "human centipede", and was greatly repulsed, very apprehensive, but also a bit curious about this controversial movie. However, nothing about having your mouth sawn to somebody's anus and being forced to eat their shit really screamed "must watch" to me. But recently, I dared myself to watch a whole bunch of controversial and weird movies that I otherwise perhaps wouldn't be all that into, so I finally gave The Human Centipede a shot.And to my astonishment, I really really liked it! The biggest part in it played the main villain, doctor Heiter, who was just amazing. There are many movies that are sorta ok, but you just can't get into them because there is no character in them that you really like, or find interesting enough to follow around. Not in this one! Doctor Heiter is a character I fell in love with immediately, he was just so delightfully creepy, weird, evil and completely batshit insane in a really entertaining way, almost like a comic book or an anime villain, it's hard to explain to people who haven't seen for themselves. This guy and his great yet bizzare acting really makes this film worth seeing in my opinion. To dispel your worries I have to say, the movie wasn't nearly as explicit as the concept would suggest. You can never actually see the anus being sawn to mouth, you can't see much of the operation at all, and the finished centipede people are wearing sort of diapers that cover both the anus and the mouth, so you can't see anything. The shit eating actually only took place once on screen, again with nothing being really visible and the scene ending rather abruptly (which I've actually been very grateful for because I've been dreading it all along).All in all, this reads more like a movie about an insane german psychopatic doctor who kidnapps three people and tortures them for no reason like a fucking maniac, than a movie about eating shit, which I was very pleasantly surprised to discover. Long story short, I was throroughly entertained throughout the whole movie and was not bored for a moment. People who give this movie low reviews are simply taking it too seriously, and are not relishing the absurdity and ridiculousness of it all. Watch this movie as a dark absurd comedy and you are set to go! Now I'm not really sure if I wanna give the sequels a watch, because without the dear doctor Heiter who unfortunately perished at the end of this movie, it just won't be the same, I'm afraid...


Worst shit ever. Don't waste your time. Although I'm here just to wash away that "Write a review"-thing, I'd like to warn you on the process. You can waste your time on something better.

Chloe Pearce

this film is horrible don't know who decided to make this but it's horrible this is the worst film I have seen and will not be watching the othersI think that this film is not very realistic I also think that the plot isn't really set out properly the surgeon would lose his certificate to be a surgeonnot a very nice film to watch