But The Human Centipede is not the film they say it is. The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) is that film, and more.
|Laurence R. Harvey as Martin in THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (FULL SEQUENCE), directed by Tom Six. |
©2011 Six Entertainment. An IFC Midnight Release.
But just watching the film isn't enough for Martin. He wants to live the film. And not only live it, he wants to outdo it. So he sets about kidnapping victims in preparation to make his own human centipede. Unlike the villainous Dr. Heiter from the first film, however, Martin has no medical experience, so the resulting 12 person creature is even more grotesque than the original, as Martin slices, dices, and staples the people together in one of the most horrific displays of sheer tastelessness the cinema has ever seen.
|Laurence R. Harvey as Martin and Ashlynn Yennie in THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (FULL SEQUENCE), directed by Tom Six. ©2011 Six Entertainment. An IFC Midnight Release.|
There is clearly a statement to be made here. Joe Berlinger made it in the severely underrated (and studio neutered) Blair Witch 2, about the effect of media consumption in an increasingly media saturated world. There is also a statement to be made about fanboy culture's increasingly blurred line between fantasy and reality. But Six clearly has no interest in social commentary or making any kind of statement of any kind, other than to send audiences running out of the theater and straight to the bathroom (or the shower). He's a cheap sensationalist, a sideshow carny peddling naughty thrills without the decency to include the thrills. There is no message here, it's useless and repulsive without meaning, a psychotic circus of grotesque imagery. If Six intended a message here, it's buried under a pile stinking, rotting shit.
GRADE - zero stars (out of four)
THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (FULL SEQUENCE) | Directed by Tom Six | Laurence R. Harvey, Ashlynn Yennie, Dominic Borrelli, Georgia Goodrick, Lucas Hansen, Emma Lock | Not rated | Opens Friday, October 7.