The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

Released: 2009

Written and Directed by Tom Six

Tom Six’s The Human Centipede (First Sequence) is disturbing on a level that few films can accomplish. While not outright scary or suspenseful, the twisted nature of this film will linger on for months to come. Though it’s rather difficult to put words toward a film of this ilk, the tension and uneasiness comes not from torrents blood and gore; rather, the concept of the film conjures its terrifying nature in and of itself. The idea that three humans would be sewn together, ‘anus to mouth,’ is such a disturbing concept that I’m sure that few could fathom it.

As for the film itself, it delivers a relentless barrage of tension and uneasiness with the occasional interjection of dark humor. Dieter Laser portrayed Dr. Heiter, a German mad scientist, superbly. His character is a manifestation of the horrors of Nazi Germany and the select ‘scientists’ who evoked much of it, specifically Josef Mengele.

This is not to say, however, that this was a brilliant film. The majority of the faults stem from the absence of a plot or clear motivation for Dr. Heiter, with the exception that he is merely mad. Further, the detectives, from the perception of the audience, acted rather irrationally in the beginning; however, it was evident, through their questioning, that Dr. Heiter was omitting information.

This film was fairly enjoyable, in a sickening sense, as it pushes the limits on how uncomfortable one can make the audience while still producing a quality film.

Rating: 5/10

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