THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE
(THE FIRST SEQUENCE)
BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
DECEMBER 29, 2010
Creating cinema is a form of expression for those creatively involved. That said, I am unsure what “The Human Centipede” is trying to express. Perhaps it attempts to state how far medical procedures have come or how insane the human condition can become. But the act of sewing three unwilling patients “anus to mouth” to form a living, (somewhat) breathing creature is entirely twisted and forces you to check on the sanity of the writers and directors.
That said, “The Human Centipede” is a film. Being warned off before seeing the movie, I forced myself into the experience at least once (and only once). The film is not as grotesque as promised, revealing the likes of a horror thriller with a mad doctor, captives, and a secluded house. Creating my centipede out of previous titles to classify the film “The Human Centipede,” I would kidnap and sew together the gruesomeness of a “Hostel” with the restrictive location of “The Glass House” with the mind and uncontrollable nature of “Frankenstein.”
The doctor (played by Dieter Laser) is outstandingly surreal. The man exhibits the ability to become the character he plays. You spend little time forcing your mind around the possibilities when you see the cemented face of Mr. Laser and his unequivocal competence, which causes the film to garner even the tiniest bit of grit.
Other critics have stated that the rest of the film is recycled “rubbish.” Rent any “Saw” or “Hostel” film, and you will experience the core of the film. The imagery of three people surgically stitched together applies a less broadened anecdote, and the eating and excreting sequences will leave you awake at night. Still, the film is nothing more than shock value.
Instead of warning against “The Human Centipede” like those that deprecated the film before my viewing, I will state the importance of remembering that Tom Six’s creation is just a film. One must detach themselves from reality to completely absorb the movie instead of being consumed by sublime fear. Those who worry about the world’s fragile state should steer clear of the imagery and fuel added by “The Human Centipede.” Take the film with a grain of salt, and watch what you eat before viewing.
April 28, 2010
(for sustained and intense sequences of war violence and destruction, and for language)
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