Posts Tagged ‘The Human Centipede’

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The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)

December 15, 2011

This one probably needs no introduction. When Tom Six announced his intention to make a sequel to his notorious 2009 body horror film, The Human Centipede (First Sequence), he promised that the follow-up would contain “all the blood and shit” that was largely absent from the first film. Filmed in the UK, and made with a mostly British cast, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) not only fulfills the director’s promise, but also delivers what is essentially another elaborate joke lurking mischievously behind the facade of a gross horror flick. As documented here at length, the BBFC initially refused a certificate for the centi-sequel, citing what they felt was the excessive sexual violence and potentially illegal obscenity of the film, with the result that it couldn’t then be legally supplied anywhere in the UK (a de facto ban), before eventually relenting on this decision and granting it an 18 certificate following a substantial 2 minutes and 47 seconds of demanded cuts. It’s difficult to imagine that this tabloid-scandal sideshow did anything other than bestow free publicity on Six’s demented product but it is worth noting that the BBFC seems to have missed the crucial joke running throughout a film that, in all things, is hardly subtle. That joke being how ridiculous the notion is that someone would actually try to make their own human centipede after being inspired to do so by a horror film. Tom Six, in turn, was reportedly motivated to realize this idea after being repeatedly asked by journalists following the release of The Human Centipede if he feared his film may cause copycat behaviour amongst the viewing public, an idea so ludicrous he opted to parody it at length in his sequel. In doing so, he also quite deliberately chose to rebuke the horror fanboys and critics who pointed out the extent to which the first film was actually lacking in visceral shocks and gory imagery by stuffing the new movie with a truly inordinate amount of bizarre violence and explosive shit-shocks. Easily one of the single most absurd movies ever made, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) may work as a grotesque 90 minute prank, but it offers up very little in the way of a satisfying film experience.

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Impeded

December 13, 2011

Destined as I was to bring word to you all of the centi-sequel, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence), it is with a heavy heart that I must also sound a note of defeat. For not only am I late to the party on this, but I also had to settle for a censored version of the film, despite earlier expressing a confident belief (here) that I wouldn’t have to and later railing against the British censors defiantly and virulently (here). I can’t help feeling that they won, the bastards, not only by forcing me to settle for a film that has been cut “for my own good” but also by suckering me into watching two utterly shit horror movies that they also refused to certify, Grotesque and Murder Set Pieces. I hunted down and viewed those turds purely out of what I now recognize as an ill-judged sense of last-gasp adolescent rebellion so in future I shall be satisfied to simply assert my right to watch any old trash I please rather than actively putting that right into practice. Due to lax blogging habits, I also neglected to mention here that the British Board of Film Censors performed a U-turn on their decision not to grant The Human Centipede II a certificate and instead passed it with substantial cuts to what they deemed the most objectionable scenes. At present, this version of the film appears to be the only one currently available to view and, in conclusion, fuck the BBFC.

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The Centipede Sequel & The Censors

June 7, 2011

Tom Six: Purveyor of 'Pede-atric Theatrics

Ready yourselves my poppets, for the sequel to The Human Centipede has not only been completed, it has already been shown to the British Board of Film Censors (now known as the British Board of Film Classification) and, in short, they have decided that this film can fuck right off. The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) has been rejected outright for classification by the BBFC, meaning it cannot be legally released or supplied anywhere in the UK.

As a dedicated, uh, ‘Pede-phile, I think it appropriate that I should endeavour to explain this situation as best I can to the uninitiated and, alas, there are still plenty of pedestrians out there who have not yet taken the plunge with the ‘Pede. The original film by Dutch filmmaker Tom Six came scurrying and burrowing into the helpless, twitching subconscious of many of us with its brilliantly revolting premise, that a mad surgeon sews people’s bodies together mouth to anus, however, The Human Centipede wasn’t a particularly graphic or visceral gore flick. It largely stayed its hand when it came to delivering on the visual horror and surprised many, including yours truly, by being carried largely by the wonderfully twisted, black-comedy performance of Dieter Laser. In short, it was not as bad as it sounded.

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The Human Centipede, The Musical

April 10, 2011

The cultural phenomenon that is The Human Centipede scuttles ever onward! A group known as the Chocolate Cake City comedy troupe have adapted Tom Six’s notorious body-horror film from last year into a full-length comedy musical for the stage. It’s all available to view on YouTube at the Centipede Musical channel and it’s a fairly fun parody of the original film, although as an evangelizing proponent of the real thing I will remind readers here that The Human Centipede is plentifully amusing in its own particular fashion. As this is but the latest in a long line of parodies and tributes that have included a porn film, a simple video game and even Christmas tree decorations, I think it merely demonstrates that this ludicrous, twisted little film has gone pretty much mainstream and I don’t think I’m capable of entertaining anymore excuses as to why people haven’t seen it yet. For those who are yet to take the plunge here are the Cliff Notes to my recommendation – It’s really not as graphic or terrible as it sounds. It’s pretty much a dark comedy horror flick. It isn’t A Serbian Film.

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The Human Sexipede

February 7, 2011

Look, I had fully intended to leave all mention of The Human Centipede (my film of 2010 whether I like it or not) behind with the beginning of a new year but the most recent development in the ongoing saga of this cultural phenomenon cannot be ignored. They’ve gone and made a porn parody, The Human Sexipede.

Starring notable, and now middle-aged, porn actor Tom Byron as Dr. Heiter, this adult film satire closely follows the plot of the original film, with the most significant diversion being that the mad surgeon here merely plans to attach the two women and one man mouth-to-genitals, as opposed to the rather more grotesque dynamic (victims joined via their gastric systems, ass-to-mouth) that initially drove that infamous horror flick scuttling unpleasantly into the darker recesses of our minds. The Human Sexipede, therefore, enjoys the odd distinction of being perhaps the first and only porn parody that is clearly less obscene than the original film it is satirizing.

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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to you all!

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The Way of the Centipede

September 17, 2010

It’s a frightening thing to acknowledge but The Human Centipede has been wriggling around in the back-brains of many people lately and my efforts to evangelize the ridiculous movie have had unexpected consequences. I regularly take part in a weekly pub quiz at a foreign-owned, western-styled bar in Seoul and, as part of a throwaway joke a few months ago, my team decided to change our name to ‘The Human Centipede’, in recognition of the hideous cultural phenomenon I had introduced to my friends here. Since we have adopted this name we have started winning, a lot.

We’ve been enjoying an unprecedented run of success recently, at times completely unexpectedly. Others are keeping a more fastidious record than I am but I believe it’s something in the region of four wins in the last seven times we have attended (with more before then). We simply did not perform like that for the first year when we were regularly taking part under different team names. The same people, normally three different men with slightly different styles, have been making the quizzes in all this time and there has been no significant variation in our team members or in opposing teams (consisting of the same regulars who used to trounce us). I personally have reached the point where I’m getting a little spooked. Our success is down to the Way of the Centipede!

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