Monday, November 22, 2010

The Human Centipede: First Sequence (2009)

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.

Rating: 8/10.

If you liked THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, check out:
MARTYRS, ANTIBODIES, ANTICHRIST.

14 comments:

  1. Finally, a positive review! Every blog review of this that I've read have been pretty blah. Of course I might be a little biased towards this film, but to me HUMAN CENTIPEDE is like a breath of fresh air. I seriously can't wait for the sequel. Glad you enjoyed this one, Carl!

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  2. I just love the way the Mad Doctor says aloud the title of the film in front of that projector. It's grim as hell!!

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  3. I'm with you guys, at the start I thought the acting was going to slide into pure cheese, but man, Laser became the new Udo Kier with this friggin performance. The lax plot brought it down a peg for me, but with so little originality left out there it really did come as a surprise. Really appreciated the lack of gore as well, it would have been so easy to go Exploitation with an ass to mouth picture, but it was very tasteful lol...

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  4. Speaking of shock horror, have you seen A Serbian Film? I've heard a lot about it but I'm curious to get your opinion.

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  5. I havent, Im not even sure if its on DVD yet but I have been meaning to see it, will be sure to check it out and get a review up asap TS my man!

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  6. I did a review on this and loved it too, it pushed boundries and was very different

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  7. The issue for me was that there wasn't much by way of substance. The film was pretty much a one trick pony. I would have liked to have known more of the backstory of the doctor and a bit of a modus operandi other than 'it's medically possible and I can do it.' For me, the film was a bit of a let down.

    Speaking of A Serbian Film, I just received a copy but I'm too chicken shit to watch it. True story.

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  8. ah, thank you so much for your positive review! There are so many negative reviews out there, it's annoying.

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  9. See I look at it the way I looked at Hostel. Hostel wouldnt have been half as effective if we knew the background of the murder club in the first film. The second may elaborate more and give that backstory that was missing, but man, Laser was creepy enough with no motive for me!

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  10. In regards to the 'Hostel' example, they do explain it pretty well in 'Hostel, Part II.' The result: almost nobody seems to like it.

    Mind you, I despise everything Eli Roth-related, so I won't weigh in there.

    As far as this movie goes, I'll see it in about three years or so when I finally watch 'Paranormal Activity 1 and 2,' which may have a '3' and '4' by then too. It's just my way.

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  11. nevermore...nevermore...nevermore!

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  12. This is a really good review, Carl. I "enjoyed" the movie, although there was little to it but shock value, but then I'm sure that's all the director was going for. It had a perverse art vibe about it akin to a Pasolini film. Not sure where, or what direction they're going to go with a sequel.

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  13. Thanks dude, I appreciated the dark humor even more than the shock all throughout the film. One can only imagine what the second sequence will bring!

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