The Human Centipede (2009)
Written By: Karla Cortes
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Tom Six
Producer: Tom Six, Ilona Six
Writers: Tom Six
Date Released: August 30, 2009
Dieter Laser as Dr. Heiter
Ashlynn Yennie as Jenny
Ashley C. Williams as Lindsay
Akihiro Kitamura as Katsuro
Peter Blankenstein as Detective Voller
Andreas Leupoid as Detective Kranz
Rating = 1/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Lindsay (Ashley C. Williams) and Jenny (Ashlynn Yennie) are two ditzy, American girls set out on a road trip through Europe. As the two are headed on a night out clubbing in Germany, their car breaks down in the middle of the woods and are forced to find help. The two stumble upon an isolated villa, where Doctor Heiter (Dieter Laser) kidnaps the two alongside the Japanese tourist, Katsuro (Akihiro Kitamura). The three are subjected to Doctor Heiter’s horrifying experiment of connecting the three, anus to mouth, to form a human centipede. The three are thrown into an excruciating set of events trying to free themselves of not only Doctor Heiter, but of each other.
If having your mouth be connected to someone’s anus, having someone’s mouth be connected to your anus, or both isn’t horrifying enough, imagine having your facial wounds ooze from infection or having to consume another’s feces. This is the reality for all three captives in the film. Although there is no blood and guts other than the doctor and detectives deaths as well as a few ripping of IVs, this film is full of moments where one has to endure seeing these grotesque consequences for the three being connected.
The Grave Review
The Human Centipede (2009), although grotesque in both a medical and metaphorical way, does receive an acknowledgement from the Grave team. Although The Human Centipede has a low-budget feel to it, the film was actually made in a very detail-oriented way. The film also gives nods towards The Shining with the opening scene and nods to past “mad scientist” films. Six even connected real surgeons in order to come up with a “real” medical human centipede design in order to make the film as close to reality as possible. What really grabs the audience’s attention is not only the design of connecting human beings together but the sense that the entire plot could and has similarly happened in real life. Everyone has a fear of being stranded in the middle of nowhere, but even bigger fear of someone coming to do you harm. The realistic aspect does creep in while watching, and after watching one might avoid driving through the woods.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews give The Human Centipede (2009) one grave out of five graves.
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