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Review: The Human Centipede 2

Oct. 6, 2011by: Mike Sampson

PLOT: A mentally disabled parking garage attendant from England is obsessed with the movie THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE. He watches it at work, creates scrapbooks and even masturbates to it using sandpaper. Not content to just be a film lover, he takes his love of THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE to the next level by actually working to link people - this time a whopping 12 victims - together.

REVIEW: How do you review a movie like THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2? It's not really much of a "movie," in the traditional sense. While the first film had a certain amount of tension, the sequel abandons any pretense of plot and simply gives us Martin, our new killer. He's a weird dude, to be sure, and we just follow him along his silent path (our killer doesn't speak a word of dialogue throughout the film) to recreate a human centipede.

There's that old maxim in sports, "Go Hard or Go Home" and director Tom Six, and his character Martin, certainly go hard. But is going the full monty the same as making a movie that works?

If you're looking for a movie with a certain amount of built-in shock value, THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 doesn't disappoint. Whereas the original was mostly an exercise in imagination, the sequel leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination. On that level, it succeeds wildly. If it's primary goal is to gross out the audience and trump the original, well then Six has succeeded in spades. The film is so over-the-top in its last act that it also works as a hilarious gross-out comedy. But if the goal in filmmaking is to actually make a film, Six wildly misfires. (What's interesting is that a number of characters refer to the original but only as a "film," never as a "movie.")

It's interesting to see Six take the sequel out of the world of the original and into the "real world" where THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE exists as a movie. Martin is a devoted fan of the original and his devotion leads to obsession and ultimately his desire to take THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE even further. You could argue that Six is making a statement about fans - horror fans, specifically - and their desire to want even more from THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE. "If that's what you want, that's what I'm going to give you," Six seems to be saying. But is that really what he intended? Is that giving him too much credit? Or instead of Martin being a surrogate for the audience, is he instead a stand-in for Six; a man who's in love with his own universe that he's created and doomed by an unhealthy desire to top the original?

It's easy to see a movie like this and spend some time wondering about themes and metaphors and some kind of deeper meaning in a film where a guy kidnaps 12 people and attempts to sew them together ass-to-mouth. But that kinda of examination comes, partly, from our desire to not want to believe that this movie, in all its disturbing glory, is just there for our titillation. It must mean something, right? Possibly, but sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, as the fella says.

The performances, as they were, are solid but Laurence R. Harvey, who stars as Martin, isn't really given much to do besides look odd for the camera and occasionally whimper or moan (he reportedly won his audition by coming in the room and raping a chair). There was something inherently creepy and foreboding about Dieter Laser but Martin, while gross, never really fills the audience with a satisfactory sense of fear that a movie villain should. The rest of the centipede, which includes a fair mix of men and women, do their best with the unenviable task of squirming naked on a concrete floor for the duration.

In the end, THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2, will be what it is. For horror fans who, like Martin, just want more, more, more, the sequel certainly offers it up in bloody, gory and cringe-worthy buckets. But for those who were looking for an actual story behind the shock - some steak with their sizzle, so to speak - they'll be left wanting.

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11:07AM on 09/23/2011
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1:53PM on 09/23/2011
This director is a joke. Anyone can put their most disturbing thoughts on film. Nothing hard about that.

What's hard is telling a cohesive story that engages audiences. This dude isn't even trying. I have zero respect for him and whatever the hell he's trying to say with this pathetic excuse for a film.
This director is a joke. Anyone can put their most disturbing thoughts on film. Nothing hard about that.

What's hard is telling a cohesive story that engages audiences. This dude isn't even trying. I have zero respect for him and whatever the hell he's trying to say with this pathetic excuse for a film.
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4:37PM on 09/24/2011

Bring on the hate.....

I still want to see it for some reason....it looks like it will be entertaining...
I still want to see it for some reason....it looks like it will be entertaining...
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1:56PM on 09/23/2011
Hehehe Ahh now a new twist can be played on my old favorite question: Which 12 people would you like to see as a human centipede and in what positions? Food for thought eh?
Hehehe Ahh now a new twist can be played on my old favorite question: Which 12 people would you like to see as a human centipede and in what positions? Food for thought eh?
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8:30AM on 09/26/2011
I don't know jack about reviewing movies and/or deducing the finer meanings out of them...but I did like the first THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (not sure if like is the right word - but it maintained by interest right until the tense ending - would those two cops rescue them??? Would any of them survive??? The main villain was also brilliantly creepy). I don't get why it gets the hate that it does - I've seen many movies where one can argue what the point of making it was...why is that even used as a
I don't know jack about reviewing movies and/or deducing the finer meanings out of them...but I did like the first THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (not sure if like is the right word - but it maintained by interest right until the tense ending - would those two cops rescue them??? Would any of them survive??? The main villain was also brilliantly creepy). I don't get why it gets the hate that it does - I've seen many movies where one can argue what the point of making it was...why is that even used as a point against it. Someone wanted to make it and clearly loads of people have seen it. My wife, who isn't a big movie fan happened to be sitting with me as I was watching it and was completely captivated by what was going on (she thought it was unnecessarily gross...but didn't leave until it ended). As for the sequel...hasn't he just done what they all do...made a bigger...more ambitious movie (I havent seen it yet) that will probably not be as good as the first one.
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12:30PM on 09/23/2011
Don't compare this with the movie Martin. Martin was actually good.
Don't compare this with the movie Martin. Martin was actually good.
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12:42PM on 09/23/2011
Yeah, pretty much what I figured. A waste of time if you watch it. No plot, just torture porn.
But Sampson, you seemed to not really take a stance on the movie. You seemed confused as to whether you felt the movie sucked, or if there was more to what you saw. I bet in this case the cigar is definitely just a cigar.
Yeah, pretty much what I figured. A waste of time if you watch it. No plot, just torture porn.
But Sampson, you seemed to not really take a stance on the movie. You seemed confused as to whether you felt the movie sucked, or if there was more to what you saw. I bet in this case the cigar is definitely just a cigar.
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1:21PM on 10/09/2011
Having seen both, Tom Six's directing is on par with a five year old having a violent temper tantrum for attention. The concept is gory enough and could make for a good horror film, but he's too concerned with over the top shocks, he kills any tension or suspense and makes everything laughable. He's the horror equivalent of Michael Bay, but thinks he's Hitchcock...
Having seen both, Tom Six's directing is on par with a five year old having a violent temper tantrum for attention. The concept is gory enough and could make for a good horror film, but he's too concerned with over the top shocks, he kills any tension or suspense and makes everything laughable. He's the horror equivalent of Michael Bay, but thinks he's Hitchcock...
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10:11PM on 09/24/2011
I haven't seen the first one so I don't what to make about this movie other than the gross factor.
I haven't seen the first one so I don't what to make about this movie other than the gross factor.
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4:39PM on 09/23/2011
I actually thought the first one had some promise. Dieter Laser was an extraordinary villain, and the wild premise was actually handled with at least some sort of finesse. With better lead actresses and a few less horror cliches, it might've actually been a damn good horror movie. It was just okay. But this...THIS....how is it that people procure money and people to take on something like this? I want to swallow my own tongue and openly weep just looking at that Martin guy. Bughhh.
I actually thought the first one had some promise. Dieter Laser was an extraordinary villain, and the wild premise was actually handled with at least some sort of finesse. With better lead actresses and a few less horror cliches, it might've actually been a damn good horror movie. It was just okay. But this...THIS....how is it that people procure money and people to take on something like this? I want to swallow my own tongue and openly weep just looking at that Martin guy. Bughhh.
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1:03PM on 09/23/2011

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Yes..I'm a GORE freek! Was wondering what they'd do for this sequel.
Yes..I'm a GORE freek! Was wondering what they'd do for this sequel.
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