When you set out to make a movie about a man that sews three people together ass-to-mouth, one thing is certain: People will talk. THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE: FIRST SEQUENCE has drawn more attention and curiosity than any other Horror film since 2008's MARTYRS, shocking audiences around the world with its bizarre surgical atrocities.
Two American tourists run afoul of a mad surgeon after they get a flat tire on the side of a desolate road in rural Germany. They awaken from a drugged sleep to find that their captor plans to create the first Siamese triplet using a horrifying new procedure that will join them together with another unfortunate victim to form a single mold of flesh. THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE is as sick and depraved as it sounds, and yet it is impossible to ignore the jet-black humor embedded throughout the script. Its absurd premise is given an unusually high level of credibility thanks to a series of strong performances, particularly in Dieter Laser's chilling role as Dr. Heiter. Heiter's cold disregard for human life and sadistic sense of self-absorption make him a frightening villain, indeed. Considering the vulgarity of the subject matter, very little is actually shown at all, but the implications of the act and the cruelty of Heiter's treatment of his subjects are each unbearable to watch. The surgical horror motif handed down from a long tradition of European shockers like EYES WITHOUT A FACE or THE AWFUL DR. ORLOF is handled with a great deal of skill, making THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE a welcome addition to this twisted sub-genre.
If you liked THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, check out:
MARTYRS, ANTIBODIES, ANTICHRIST.