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The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)

R  |   |  Horror  |  28 April 2010 (USA)
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A mad scientist kidnaps and mutilates a trio of tourists in order to reassemble them into a human centipede, created by stitching their mouths to each others' rectums.

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Two pretty but ditsy American girls are on a road trip through Europe. In Germany, they end up alone at night with a broken car in the woods. They search for help and find an isolated villa. The next day, they awaken to find themselves trapped in a terrifying makeshift basement hospital along with a Japanese man. An older German man identifies himself as a retired surgeon specialized in separating Siamese twins. However, his three "patients" are not about to be separated but joined together in a horrific operation. He plans to be the first person to connect people via their gastric systems. By doing so, he plans to bring to life his sick lifetime fantasy, the human centipede. Written by Producer Ilona Six

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€1,500,000 (estimated)

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$12,424 (USA) (30 April 2010)

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$181,467 (USA) (25 June 2010)
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Gruesome, Repulsive and Excessive Black Humor, but also an Original Trash Movie
13 August 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The New Yorkers Lindsay (Ashley C. Williams) and Jenny (Ashlynn Yennie) are on vacation traveling through Europe. In Germany, they meet a waiter that invites them to go to a party in the nightclub Bunker. They rent a car but they get lost in a lonely road in the woods. When they have a flat tire, they do not replace the tire and prefer to seek for help instead. They reach a house and they are received by the sociopath mad scientist Joseph Heiter (Dieter laser) that drugs them.

When Lindsay and Jenny awake, they find that they are tied to a bed in a laboratory in the basement of the house. Sooner, Dr. Heiter brings the Japanese tourist Katsuro ( Akihiro Kitamura) and introduces himself as a former surgeon specialized in separating Siamese twins. Further, he exposes his insane project of creating the human centipede, joining three human beings through the mouths and anuses.

"The Human Centipede (First Sequence)" is a gruesome and repulsive film with excessive black humor (and bad taste), but also an original trash movie. After the polemic in Brazil with "A Serbian Film", I have decided to see several polemic films to see how far directors and writers dare to go. "The Human Centipede (First Sequence)" is nasty, but not nastier than, for example, Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Salò o le 120 Giornate di Sodoma" that is considered "art-film" by the professional critics.

When Dr. Heiter orders Katsuro to feed Lindsay, I have almost vomited but I was warned before seeing this film and I had to option of not watching it. But despite the heavy hand of the director, I did not dislike this insane film. Actually I prefer films like this than those that are predictable and full of clichés. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "A Centopéia Humana" ("The Human Centipede")


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