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The Human Centipede 2



Reviewed by Lewis Filer

Released: 2011 (UK)

Directed by: Tom Six

Starring: Laurence R. Harvey, Ashlynn Yennie

Certificate: 18 (UK)

There are moments in life when you see something so horrific, so disgusting, so sick, so twisted, so wrong and completely blows your mind in the worst way imaginable. The hour and a half I spent this Halloween watching The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) has got to be the worst experience of my life and I’ve had the misfortune of watching A Serbian Film (that’s saying something!!)

The sequel to Tom Six’s sick horror The Human Centipede (First Sequence) may just be one of the sickest films of all time, if not the sickest.

Unlike the previous instalment, this film takes place in a real life scenario with a mentally disturbed car park night attendant named Martin who lives on a bleak council estate in a rough part of London with his constantly nagging and suicidal mother. Martin has an unhealthy obsession; the obsession is the movieThe Human Centipede (First Sequence). A victim of sexual and psychological abuse, Martin is clearly so messed up by his past and ongoing abuse by all those close to him, he decides to go about making his own human centipede. Inspired by his hero Dr. Heiter, the crazed doctor from the first movie, Martin who is finally pushed over the edge of sanity, kidnaps every person he encounters in the car park during his shifts along with all the wrongdoers of his life who have helped shaped him into the twisted lunatic he is today. Martin who clearly has no medical training what so ever, finds an abandoned warehouse to set about making his centipede using a terrifying range of DIY tools and weapons.

Now, here’s the thing, I am a huge lover of horror movies and films that are so sick they should be illegal, BUT, The Human Centipede 2 is something I would never want to watch again in my entire life. It makes A Serbian Film look like Postman Pat. Antichrist? You may as well just be watching The Teletubbies. There are not enough words in the English dictionary to describe the torture that the viewer of this film is put through.

It is no surprise that the movie faced a long battle with the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) to try and secure a rating to allow the release of the movie in the U.K. It was only early this month (October 2011) it was given an 18 certificate after 32 compulsory cuts (2 minutes and 37 seconds) were made.

The film was primarily shot in black and white because of the extreme content and excessive amounts of gore. One would think that it couldn’t be too bad if it’s in black and white, but that is where you would be wrong. The effect gives a more realistic and gritty feel to the movie and actually makes the gore more effective. In particular, scenes involving Martins DIY procedure of tooth removal, anus to mouth attaching and also the immobilisation of his victims that makes 127 hours amputation scene look like the children’s board game Operation. Scenes involving excrement, rape, genital abuse, birth and the climactic scene involving a real centipede were also personal highlights of mine that I like to re-visit with my head in a toilet.

The movie is made up of a cast of almost entirely unknown actors and actresses to keep the sense of reality in the movie. The lead role of Martin is superbly pulled off by unknown British actor Laurence R. Harvey. It would be true to say that Harveys portrayel of Martin, may secure him the title of one of the scariest, creepiest and sickest villains of all movie history. Ashlynn Yennie who played Jenny in the first Human Centipedemovie, returns but as herself. Martin tricks her into coming to London for an audition for Quentin Tarantinos latest film but kidnaps her to become the lead of his cenipede. There is also a wide cast of unknowns that are the unfortunate victims of Martins plan to make his hero’s vision a reality.

There really isnt much I can say without having to re-live what I watched but in the terms of trying to rate this film, it could go two ways. As a normal piece of film I would give the film a 2 out of 5 due to the revolting content and the extreme lack of comfort I felt whilst watching it. On the other hand, if I was rating this movie as a horror film, which is exactly what it is, then The Human Centipede 2 is deserving of an outstanding 5 for doing precisely what a horror movie should do to anyone who watches them. I was sweating, shaking and spent a sleepness night trying to forget about it, and that is the sign of an excellent horror movie.

The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) is due for release next year and is going to complete the Human Centipede Triliogy while making the previous two films look like (an actual quote) “My Little Pony”. So that will be something lovely to look forward to!

I do not encourage anyone to watch this vile piece of film, ever! But I know cannot stop you from watching and just hope that anyone who does is capable of holding their stomachs for at least the final half of the movie.

25 year old film fanatic who loves rock music, Xbox and cat videos on Youtube. I also tweet @lewisvstheworld

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