29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...
Ever hear of "The Aristocrats" joke? They even made a documentary on it. It's about a family auditioning for a stage act, and it's basically an exercise in improvisation on the part of the teller to see just how offensively explicitly obscenely over the top flat out revoltingly gross that audition can be. Many have had a crack at it, some with considerable talent, and the...
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172 of 185 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shocking, Effective, and Without Reason
In 2010 writer/director Tom Six unveiled The Human Centipede (First Sequence), a horror film with a plot so outlandish, so vulgar that it got a lot more attention than a typical low-budget, small release horror film. Six immediately promised a sequel, divulging little detail about it except that the first film would be "My Little Pony compared with part two." The first...
Published 23 months ago by Joshua Miller
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172 of 185 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shocking, Effective, and Without Reason,
This review is from: The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)In 2010 writer/director Tom Six unveiled The Human Centipede (First Sequence), a horror film with a plot so outlandish, so vulgar that it got a lot more attention than a typical low-budget, small release horror film. Six immediately promised a sequel, divulging little detail about it except that the first film would be "My Little Pony compared with part two." The first Human Centipede, promoted as "100% medically accurate," was remarkably tame and tastefully done considering the extreme subject matter, the brunt of its cultural impact coming from the premise rather than the execution. The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) substantially ups the ante, going so far as to promoted it as "100% medically inaccurate." With the film being banned in the UK until 32 cuts were made, Six proved himself an honest filmmaker who truly delivered on his promise. What's scary is that a third film is already planned and he has said it will make this installment look like a Disney film. Discussing a film like this is not easy, because The Human Centipede is a film you enjoy the same way you enjoy a freeway car accident. There's nothing redeeming, entertaining, or significant about it, but it's hard to take your eyes off of it. These films fall into their own niche of "shock horror," horror films that don't intend to evoke fear but shock and disgust. Despite the decided lack of artistic value, I do enjoy seeing filmmakers push the limits of a genre and make something as extreme as possible. While the fact that someone not only had this idea but actually immortalized it on film may destroy any lingering faith you have in the human race, it's an admirable effort that, despite being soulless and demoralizing, accomplishes its intended goal.
Opening with the final scene of the first film, the camera pans back to reveal it being watched on a laptop in a parking garage tollbooth. The viewer is Martin (Laurence R. Harvey), a stout, bug-eyed, asthmatic British man who watches the first film obsessively at every opportunity, has a scrapbook dedicated to it, and even has a pet centipede. His extraordinarily creepy childlike appearance and demeanor coupled with this obsession make it quite clear that Martin is mentally ill. It's revealed that Martin, who never speaks a word in the film, was sexually abused by his father as a child and lives with a mother (Vivien Bridson) who blames him for getting her beloved husband sent to prison. Frequently alone in the parking garage at night, Martin uses this solitude to start attacking and kidnapping people. After gaining access to a warehouse, he begins storing those he has kidnapped with the intention of recreating the human centipede in the film he so loves...But, there's a twist. Martin wants to create a human centipede with 12 people.
This film goes into some of the dark, unheard of places and Six's decision to pull the story into the realm of reality adds an extra level of horror to the happenings. Unfolding in stark black and white (although originally shot in color), this film is cut from a different cloth than the first. The tone and atmosphere, as well as the gratuity and fearlessness, recall the films of German director Jörg Buttgereit, particularly Nekromantik and Schramm, while the black and white imagery and haunting use of silence is reminiscent of David Lynch's Eraserhead. It's easy to dismiss artistic credibility when it's utilized within the torture porn genre, as even torture porn that attempts to be artistic is still just torture porn. While some may (and have) called it artless, Six is a capable director. There are scenes that don't involve violence or gore that are both effective and eerie, but if Six's ability is ignored it's his fault for making such a no-holds barred film. Nothing is off-limits in The Human Centipede II, with even pregnant women and newborns falling victim to the horrific violence. Six is a director gleefully free of pretense and for all of the artistic intentions it appears to have, it never takes itself too seriously. Despite how staggeringly violent it becomes, it's pretty tongue-in-cheek. When Martin actually lures Ashlynn Yennie, the actress who played 1/3 of the centipede in First Sequence, to his warehouse under the guise that she's auditioning for a Quentin Tarantino movie, it's clear that that this film, as well as being horrifically violent, is self-aware. It's easy to forget that the idea of sewing people mouth-to-anus is a rather ludicrous premise and that Six has made it the horrifying premise of two films rather and kept it from being unintentionally funny is an accomplishment in and of itself.
The final 30 minutes will make you realize how conservative the first film was, with Six taking everything as far as his imagination will allow. All of the disgusting elements that were only alluded to are allowed to come to light. He holds nothing back, allowing his potent mix of the horrifying and lack of seriousness to collide when he finally allows a single color, the color brown, to enter the palette. You must recall that the procedure in the first film was performed by a surgeon, with the tools and ability to perform this procedure. Martin is no surgeon and when the time finally comes for him to make his own centipede he uses whatever tools are on hand (hammer, knife, staple gun, etc.). Needless to say, the procedure is much more crude and stomach-churning. Many scenes made me squirm and there are images that will stay with you for a long time after the film has ended; this is not a film for the faint of heart.
I regrettably confirm that this is not the most disgusting, depraved film I've ever seen, but for the average moviegoer it probably will be. How can you critique a film of this sort? It's immune to criticism as there's no way to simply point out the good and the bad. Even the most ardent fan can't ignore that this is a piece of filmmaking with no substance behind it. The Human Centipede II does not function under the façade of a metaphorical social statement in the way last year's A Serbian Film did nor does it even try to make up a reason for its existence. If you look beneath the depravity of the film you'll find only more depravity. In that sense, this is a soulless, obscene, and trashy film. Yes, the acting is solid and say what you will about the film itself, Harvey gives a chilling, effective performance. It's well-made except for some jumpy editing, sound effects that seem out of sync with what is shown onscreen (pay particularly close attention whenever Martin uses his gun on someone), and an ending that is disturbingly ambiguous but also feels like a cop out. There may not be a reason for its existence, but Six has made the film with the intention of shaking his audience. If you make a film with the sole intention of making your audience nauseous and you succeed, how can the work be dismissed solely because it offends your moral and cinematic sensibilities? Six has not made a "good film" here, but he has made a well-made one that succeeds in exactly the area it intends. Those who will be most offended by it will be those who haven't seen it and those who are forced to watch it. If you consciously embark on the journey, you know where it's going to take you.
It's rare that a film makes you feel unclean just watching it. The effects this film could have on your psychological well-being and how effectively it offends all sense of moral decency is something that can't be ignored. This film is a success when looked at in that light. This is not a movie you like or dislike; it's a movie that simply exists and it's your decision to choose how you cope with its existence, be it by watching it or ignoring it. At its most primordial level, it's effective in its desire to offend. It's certainly unforgettable. The need to assign this film a rating has pushed me into a corner, confused on how to choose something which will be looked at as indicative over whether it's a good film or a bad film. With a sigh, I give The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) a 3/5 and throw up my hands.
36 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "The Human Centipede II" Sickens With Artistic Vomit,
Martin is obsessed with "The Human Centipede (First Sequence)", watching it repeatedly at home and in his toll booth. At one point, he is depicted masturbating (graphically and on-screen) to the film with sandpaper wrapped around his penis. He keeps a centipede as a pet, and maintains a scrapbook on the film. When his mother destroys the scrapbook, Martin crushes her skull and then props her dead body up at the kitchen table. Martin wordlessly decides to recreate the fictional experiment he saw portrayed in The Human Centipede (First Sequence). Medically untrained, he assembles a potpourri of kitchen gadgets, woodworking tools, and assorted household items, puts them in a suitcase, and secures a dingy, dirty, dark abandoned warehouse to recreate the film's medical experiment. But Martin intends to create not just a three-person centipede, but the "full sequence" of 12 connected people.
How do you review a film like "Human Centipede II"? It is one of the most vile, reprehensible, and ugly horror movies that I have ever seen? You want broken teeth, crushed babies, and explosive diarrhea? It's all here. This is a film that completely succeeds in what it wants to do - gross out its small but intensive audience - and will do anything in its power to achieve it. Stylish and incredibly well made with some nice artistic touches here and there - I especially liked the "dinner table" scene. Nonetheless, none of this really adds up to very much which is a shame considering that Syx is a talented director with a lot more to offer. Overall, I can't really recommend this film but I can't recommend that you don't see it either. Does that make any sense? This film exists in its own little world and there is something kind of special about that.
29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...,
The sub-genre of torture porn in horror films seems to be following a trend comparable to "The Arostocrats", and if it continues, it's probably going to burn itself out in unintentional self-parody. Some would argue that this point has already been reached, and they may be right, although it's hard to say. What people find disturbing is highly subjective. If you had asked me two months ago which film I would personally classify as "most disturbing", it would have likely been "A Serbian Film". The title holder prior to that would have been "August Underground Mordum", which held that dubious honor for seven years. Now "Human Centipede 2" comes along and slams "A Serbian Film" into the sewer a mere two months later. Horror certainly has gotten edgier these days. In any case, Tom Six is a director with some talent, and I think this one's going to be talked about for awhile. It certainly helps that the movie's villain is without a doubt the CREEPIEST character I've ever seen.
Anyway, if extreme horror is your thing, go for it. To date, I think it's the best of the lot. Or worst, considering how you look at it. 99.9% would say it's fit only for burning, and it would be difficult to argue the point. Why this type of thing appeals to me, I really can't say. But it does, and this one freaked me right the &!@# out.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first,
This review is from: The Human Centipede II, Full Sequence (Amazon Instant Video)Sick, depraved, creepy, perverse, disgusting......
But enough about me. Onto the movie.
Awesome! God I hope there aren't people that are actually as insane as the main character. Sadly there probably could be. A thoroughly entertaining movie that would be a psychologist's dream. Great casting for the main character as he just oozed creepiness as a warped, sweaty pervert. Not really much to the story, it is pretty much a get-what-you-pay-for script. There are some holes and obviously some unbelieveablity (hey, it could be a word), but that wasn't, nor should it have been, the focal point. The purpose of this movie is to shock, disgust and entertain the audience, which I most certainly think it does! The longer the movie progresses the more you start thinking,"he won't do that" or "that's not going to happen". And the beauty is that is DOES happen.
I'm currently writing this review midway through the month of October and Halloween certainly strikes a chord when I think of this movie. So get some equally disturbed friends and gather round the TV for some laughs, groans and other stomach churning fun.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gratuitous horror,
This review is from: The Human Centipede II, Full Sequence (Amazon Instant Video)I don't normally watch horror films, but because of this one's notoriety, I felt that I couldn't pass it up. Aside from the shock value of coprophagia, and the pointless violence the characters inflict on each other, I'm convinced that virtually the entire sequence is merely a fantasy taking place in the protagonist's mind. My reasons are:
We learn at the beginning that the first "Human Centipede" film is only a film in the context of the second one. This foreshadows the conclusion that the second one is not real, either.
Martin seems to operate in a world with no police, and few other people besides his oppressors and the people he torments. No one bothers to check up on the growning number of missing people, or what surely must have been noisy gunshots in an urban area.
No one notices the baby left in the car, in the middle of a driving lane in the parking structure, and it appears to suffer no ill effects after what must be several days with no food or water. The victims in the warehouse, despite being shot, clubbed about the head with a tire iron, and also left alone for days without food or water, are all still alive when Martin starts to connect them. At the same time, none of them escape or even change position, despite only being bound and gagged by duct tape. After he cuts the victims' knees and connects everyone together, despite being in what must be agonizing pain, they all cooperatively rise up on all fours and progress around the room for Martin's amusement, without any apparent effort on his part to make them do this. Implausibly, Martin happens to have a bottle of injectable laxative conveniently available.
Ashlynn Yennie flies to London by herself, under the impression that she is auditioning for the new Quentin Tarantino movie. How Martin arranged this is a mystery - did he forge Tarantino's studio letterhead? Is he more articulate than he appears? Surely very extensive and complex arrangements are made for this sort of thing.
At the end, Martin is cleaned up and back at work, watching his favorite movie again, with no apparent consequences from leaving the baby in the car and the body of his therapist in the garage only a few feet away, not to mention the many missing people in the warehouse, including the landlord. The therapist, by the way, shows up at a very convenient time, and doesn't display the expected reaction when Martin shoots the other man right in front of him.
The point may be that in our world, the events in this film are "just a movie." It's an irrelevant point, because we are still watching the same images, whether they are in the "real world" of the film, or the protagonist's imagination. One can only imagine the next film in the series, which is supposed to make the first two look like Ozzie and Harriet in comparison.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars hard to handle,
18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure shock-torture with no redeeming qualities,
This review is from: The Human Centipede II, Full Sequence (Amazon Instant Video)I usually don't rate movies at all that I would rate one star (not even that much if I could in this case). They don't deserve the attention. But this one did for the following reason. I read that part of the director's inspiration for the film was Pasolini's movie "Salo, 120 days of Sodom". The only thing that shocks more than the film is that anyone could think that this `product' has any artistic merit or is in any way comparable to Pasolini's work.
There is no artistic merit in either Centipede film. It has no value as any kind of social commentary whatsoever. It is pure and simple torture, and the emphasizing of the helplessness of the victims. The connection between the suffering individuals is not a glimpse of humanity, it just emphasizes the helplessness in order to magnify the suffering. I'm sure someone out there will try to call it art, but remember the guy who defecated in a jar and put it up as an art exhibit? Remember Piss Christ? These are things people do because creating real art is hard work, and they've no idea how to create art. A film like this is an indication of the sterility and lack of ideas in the culture we've created.
The doctor in the first Centipede was obviously a sociopath. The man in this film is probably sociopathic and psychotic. The "I've been bullied so I'm going to make you suffer" motif doesn't lend anything to the film at all. I'm not recommending "I Spit on Your Grave", but at least the character development lent some believability to the revenge-torture in that film. But what also strikes the audience in that film is the emptiness of the revenge. You don't even get those feelings here. It's like fishing people off the street and ripping them to shreds. All it has going is the shock value. Once it wears off, you wish you hadn't watched this at all. Perhaps the idea of being shocked can be likened to the fact that heightened arousal leads us often to sleep with someone we normally wouldn't touch, and getting the feeling after that you'll never be able to wash the taste out of your mouth. We want to be shocked, so we watch it.
There's not enough character development for any real connections to be made with the people involved. It's just a pure torture flick that is attempting to make money off of the pure depiction of suffering with a gimmick. So, don't expect any character development or any kind of real human interaction in this film. It's pure torture. The assailant doesn't speak a line in the film.
Don't pay money for this film; I don't recommend watching it at all. Spare yourself.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure Evil.,
The only way I can really describe it is if they were to give a pad of paper and pen to John Wayne Gacy and told him to write a story line for a film. This is not entertainment for the average person who enjoys a horror film. This (In my opinion) is for people who may become turned on by the sight of human suffering. Though it's not real, it really doesn't matter. It's the mind that thought this up that is more frightening. The fact that a film company would even allow a budget to produce this. This pushes the envelope so far into the realm of bad taste that it actually reaches a point of being pure evil.
It's disgusting, disturbing, and just flat out wrong on every level. Try to avoid this. You have been warned.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be a wuss,
This review is from: The Human Centipede II, Full Sequence (Amazon Instant Video)The reviews I read made me think my soul or sanity was at stake should I dare to behold this un-holy atrocity. I'm a sensitive guy and do care about what goes into the matrix of my consciousness, and so I do avoid the more purely pornographic offerings of degenerate culture. But having seen the first one and being in a fey mood one drinky night, I rolled the dice on my salvation and swiped my card at the local Red Box . Though I had to look away a few seconds here and there, I emerged from the experience spiritually unscathed and well entertained. Six could have gone much further with the graphic sadism than he did. The creator (obsessor?) of this deranged motif is no Desade. He actually shows some restraint in the most grotesque of those eventualities extending from the movies premise, whereas a genuinely degenerate muse would have riffed masturbationally upon certain taboos here present and at the nadir of common imagination. Really, we've seen gorier in modern zombie flicks.
The brilliance of Six's work is not in up-ing the ante of gore, but rather the uniqueness of his original idea and his sheer moxy in pursuing such a weirdly narrow idea into an even better realized tableau than his first strange effort. How on Earth did he persuade these talented and convincing actors to risk their future careers on this demented, coprophageic nightmare? That is the interview question to which I look forward.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About As Sick As You Can Get,
This review is from: The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)I am an avid horror movie fan, and this film even shocked me, which is actually why I liked it. In a society where we have become immune to seeing video violence, this movie reawakens the feeling of horror. There isn't much of a story: a psychopath decides to attempt in real-life, what took place as a medical experiment in the 'Human Centipede' movie. However, because Martin (the main character) is not a doctor, he has to improvise (i.e. using rusty garage tools in place of sterile scalpels, and a staple gun instead of sutures). I continually found myself thinking, 'They're not actually going to SHOW that,' and then they did! If you're into that, I recommend this movie. I suggest getting the Director's Cut version over the rated one. If you've made the decision that this is a film that you'd probably enjoy watching, then go all out.
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The Human Centipede II, Full Sequence by Tom Six