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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Dieter Laser
Ashley C. Williams
Ashlynn Yennie.
Directors
Tom Six.
Screenwriters
Tom Six.
Running Time
91 minutes

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The Human Centipede
At least it wasn't a millipede


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Plot
Abducted travellers stumble across a twisted ex-surgeon. Under his capture, the victims are subjected to his experiment of building a human centipede.


Review
The Human Centipede
Yes — This film really is about what you’ve heard it’s about. A sinister European scientist (Dieter Lasar) sews two American tourists (Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie) and a Japanese chap (Akihiro Kitamura) together mouth-to- anus to create the eponymous composite creature… and, inevitably, there’s a scene where the one in the lead can’t hold his bowels. However, once you get past the transhuman gross-out, this is a surprisingly conventional mad scientist movie. The innocents-abroad are menaced and abducted in the sort of crackpot research storyline which wouldn’t be any different if this were a 1945 movie starring Bela Lugosi about gorilla brain transplants. Tom Six’s film is odd and unforgettable, but never quite as outrageous as it threatens to be.


Verdict
This will not appeal to everyone, whether it will appeal to anyone is another question. With dark humour from time to time, underneath an extremely repulsive concept, this is a relatively conventional horror movie.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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The Human Centipede

People with weak stomachs aren't going to appreciate it, but The Human Centipede is an effective horror film thanks to Tom Six's directing and an incredible technical staff. Its digusting, yet strangely intriguing ... More

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Posted by norgizfox at 05:45, 01 June 2012 | Report This Post


Really enjoyed it

I really enjoyed this film. I put it on the other day just for a quick look, and ended up sucked in to watching the whole thing. Not the best film ever, but not as bad as some people seem to think... ... More

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Posted by evilzedar at 14:58, 11 April 2012 | Report This Post


Come on Empire, seriously...

This film is obviously a comedy. Tongue firmly in its cheek.(sorry). Had me in stitches (sorry again) from the moment the hilarious 'centipede' was revealed. As a horror it doesn't work at all. Has to be seen though. IT IS SO FUNNY. ... More

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Posted by Name not taken at 15:26, 02 February 2012 | Report This Post


RE: WARNING:

L: Ciaran McDaid This film is so shocking.................. so disgusting and so.........................wrong sp; Thing is though, I'd say it's none of those things, which for me made it a major dissapointment. It's not shocking enough in execution (the operations could have been so stomach churning done well, but they are really quite tame). The only thing that was "disgusting" about it is the "eat...eat" scene, which every one knows is coming anyway so it completely loses it's impac... More

Posted by Discodez at 09:30, 15 November 2011 | Report This Post


RE: WARNING:

What an awful film. It's neither scary, disgusting or even interesting. It could have been a great splatter/black comedy/body horror hybrid like Society or Re-animator but fails on almost every level. Apparently Tom Six has really upped the ante for the sequel so fingers crossed he makes something better. ... More

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Posted by garvielloken at 19:48, 10 November 2011 | Report This Post


RE: WARNING:

I was under the impression, from the backlash this film and it's impending sequel have received, that this was, for lack of a better term, "utterly gross", I did not find that, I just found it quite disturbing, more like 'Hard Candy' than a Rob Zombie movie. There is essentially little point too it and with a part 3 confirmed for next summer I expect they're going to drag the life out of it (no pun intended) and slap the banning orders all over the DVDs to get them to sell, although I've m... More

Posted by Goodfella at 17:28, 09 November 2011 | Report This Post


WARNING:

This film is so shocking.................. so disgusting and so.........................wrong ... More

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Posted by Ciaran McDaid at 00:29, 16 October 2011 | Report This Post


God awful!

Seriously an awful film. Not one moment that was scary, not one moment that I cared about anything. The acting and script are abysmal and it's not even shocking AT ALL if you have been on the internet more than a few times or seen other horror movies. One of the most dull movies I've ever seen. ... More

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Posted by Coyleone at 13:02, 14 October 2011 | Report This Post


Garbage, absolute garbage. Not a single shred of integrity. That last comment was about Kim Newman, not the movie. ... More

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Posted by sephiroth7 at 11:25, 23 September 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Dross

L: blaud I'll begin with the positive: The Human Centipede is a REAL horror movie. There is a mad doctor who is the very stuff of nightmares. There is a truly horrific and distasteful concept at the film's heart, but this is always handled carefully, so that it never becomes overpowering. All in all, it's a conventional horror film with not much gore, but lots of trauma. Now, the bad. The script is abysmal, the performances (with the exception of the excellent Dieter Laser) are atrocious, ... More

Posted by ladybooger at 10:06, 28 August 2011 | Report This Post


Dross

I'll begin with the positive: The Human Centipede is a REAL horror movie. There is a mad doctor who is the very stuff of nightmares. There is a truly horrific and distasteful concept at the film's heart, but this is always handled carefully, so that it never becomes overpowering. All in all, it's a conventional horror film with not much gore, but lots of trauma. Now, the bad. The script is abysmal, the performances (with the exception of the excellent Dieter Laser) are atrocious, the production ... More

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Posted by blaud at 00:20, 19 July 2011 | Report This Post


This was dull with a terrible script.

This film was seriously boring. It was hardly offensive, just abit icky in parts. ... More

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Posted by groovymite at 20:22, 19 October 2010 | Report This Post


This was dull with a terrible script.

This film was seriously boring. It was hardly offensive, just abit icky in parts. ... More

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Posted by groovymite at 20:20, 19 October 2010 | Report This Post


Rubbish And Boring.

No way should this be given three stars, more like zero stars. It ain't scary, just sick and weirdly warped film that hasn't got a proper plot. Just a another movie out to shock the audience, yes there was some gruesome moments but I couldn't really feel anything for the characters. Even the ending is wrong. Avoid, watch a proper horror film that scares you wittless than seeing something that may make you reach the sick bucket or even better the stop button. ... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 10:46, 17 October 2010 | Report This Post


Rubbish And Boring.

No way should this be given three stars, more like zero stars. It ain't scary, just sick and weirdly warped film that hasn't got a proper plot. Just a another movie out to shock the audience, yes there was some gruesome moments but I couldn't really feel anything for the characters. Even the ending is wrong. Avoid, watch a proper horror film that scares you wittless than seeing something that may make you reach the sick bucket or even better the stop button. ... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 10:46, 17 October 2010 | Report This Post


Seriously, me and a friend from work are the only two people I know who enjoyed watching this! Dieter Laser is fantastically insane and so good at acting his part that he makes me forget i'm watching a film! I will agree however the girls are terrible actresses, I couldn't wait for them to shut up to be honest. Tom Six is a great director for not caring who gets offended and who doesn't like it and just going with his own original idea. And it is original. Nobodies ever done this before! ... More

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Posted by Living_Dead_Doll at 15:14, 16 October 2010 | Report This Post


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Boring. ... More

Posted by Hood_Man at 03:09, 10 October 2010 | Report This Post


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]Wanders into thread, gets the IMDB sweats, backs out slowly... ... More

Posted by Vitamin F at 13:09, 06 October 2010 | Report This Post


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This thread is marvelous.  ... More

Posted by Deviation at 05:07, 06 October 2010 | Report This Post


RE:

Just watched this on DVD and I can't tell you how many times I had to fast-forward. This was utterly BORING. ... More

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Posted by redpaw at 20:47, 05 October 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Just wrong

Saw this movie a few months ago as a bit of a laugh. It is is so terribly, badly made that it is entertainingly bad. This doesn't mean it deserves anything more than two stars on a generous day. In fact it scrapes a two stars award for the mid-section's breasts! ... More

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Posted by iamjacksass at 11:35, 16 August 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Just wrong

3/5 is a JOKE! It was shit. 1/5, just a weird twisted film. ... More

Posted by Judge at 00:32, 13 August 2010 | Report This Post


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