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Theatrical Release Date: 04/30/2010
Director: Tom Six
Cast: Dieter Laser, Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie, Akihiro Kitamura, Andreas Leupold, Peter Blankenstein
Rated: R for disturbing sadistic horror violence, nudity and language.
Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes


Do you find me imposing?

How long have you been waiting for a good horror movie? Not a spoof, not campy, but a straight up suspenseful horror film without the cheap jump shots? Your long wait is over. And if titling it “The Human Centipede” doesn’t creep you out enough, then the subtitle, First Sequence, should bring up the ominous factor several notches.

Here’s the plot: Two American girls, Lindsay and Jenny (Ashley C. Williams & Ashlynn Yennie), are stranded on a country road on a rainy night while traveling through Europe. They stumble onto the home of maniacal Dr. Heiter, played by Dieter Laser (Germany’s über-creepy version of Christopher Walken). He is a renowned surgeon specializing in conjoined twin separations. Surprise, surprise, the girls are drugged, and wake up in his basement/hospital ward only to discover the doctor killing another abductee who is no longer considered a match for his research. Upon their second awakening, the good doctor has procured a new candidate; a Japanese man whose size clearly matches their own petite figures. The doctor explains to all three of his patients that he intends to create a new being, three humans connected mouth-to-ass sharing a single gastro-intestinal system. The doctor then enjoys going into gross detail regarding his prior experimentation on his beloved dogs.

The tension really starts to get going when Lindsay makes a failed attempt to escape. She is then placed as the middle position with Jenny as the rear position in the human centipede. Let the mad scientist torture tactics, ahem, I mean, experimentation, begin. The doctor now attempts to train his new pet in walking, crate sleeping and proper eating habits. Things spiral out of the doctor’s control when the cops investigate the missing girls and the human centipede attempts the most painful escape attempt in history.

The film was extremely nerve wracking once the human centipede attempted to make their escape, because their movements were so labored, restricted and slow. Further, the score got under your skin in just the right way; without banging loud shrieks out at you for the cheap thrills. I was literally crawling around my seat during the movie with anxiety and anticipation.

This is not your average horror film; the cinematography and lighting are fantastic. It comes across more as an art film when taken as individual shots. The costume and set designers all did a fantastic job to create a cohesive piece of work that juxtaposed the beauty that the doctor saw in his creation with the reality of his abomination.

This Dutch film absolutely does not need a Hollywood reboot; however, I am happy to see that Hollywood plans to be involved in the production of the two sequels, Full Sequence and Final Sequence. Dieter Laser’s performance has placed Dr. Heiter in the top ranks of horror villains for this reviewer. With that in mind I will happily give “The Human Centipede” a 4 out of 5.

4 out of 5