“The Human Centipede” is clearly a movie for and about assholes.
One day, I was chatting with a friend and she told me that her sister had heard about ‘this movie’, but found it so disgusting and disturbing, she could only speak out the title, nothing else. Naturally, my friend googled it and showed me the result: The Human Centipede.
At first sight, you certainly seem to need a stomach for it. The story is… simple. A German mad scientist kidnaps three tourists, two American girls and a Japanese guy (who consequently only speaks Japanese, partly subtitled tho). He then sews them together, mouth to anus, to create a centipede with a single digestive system. The reason for this, as briefly hinted here and there, is the death of his ‘three-dog’, a similar experiment involving, yes, three dogs he sewed together.
That is the entire plot.
The plot behind the plot is a guy who somehow got the money to make this movie by not telling investors exactly what the story is about and had actors sign contracts without giving them a full script. That alone clearly deserves some respect.
However, the movie – and that is probably very intentional – is barely more than a prelude. It is not bloody by any means. It sure as a few quite disturbing scenes, but its by far less explicit than one might think. Why intentionally toned down? Well, because right with release, there was also an announcement being made: A sequel is planned, where a mad scientist sews together not three, not four, not five – but twelve people. And honestly, I’m quite excited to find out how they’ll manage it to find twelve actors willing to participate in this truly degrading role – there isn’t much speaking after all – now that the secret is out.
Famous last words: Certainly worth to watch – and to keep an eye open for the sequel.