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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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Amy (voice) (as Monica Iconica)
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Rated R for disturbing sadistic horror violence, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 April 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Human Centipede  »

Box Office


€1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$181,467 (USA) (25 June 2010)

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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When the Toronto Underground Cinema showed this film, there was a "centipede deal" where if two tickets were purchased, the third one would be free. See more »


When the running Lindsay is trapped in a room, the blood she leaves on the door disappears then reappears. See more »


[first lines]
Jenny: [speaking on a hotel phone] Hi. Yes, um, I was wondering if I could get driving directions to a nightclub called Bunker. Yes, Bunker. How exactly would I get there?
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Crazy Credits

Tom Six's dog Nigel is credited under "Edited by" and "Making of edited by" as "NIGEL DE HOND", which is Dutch for "Nigel the dog". See more »


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User Reviews

For a low budget movie it's got legs
4 April 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Well, where to start? Sat down and watched this after being told you have to see this to believe it. What did they mean? It'll make you sick, it'll make you turn your eyes away. I was very intrigued. I have been watching horror movies since my teens at the cinema and even earlier if I include the Hammer Horrors on late night TV.

So I like to think I know a decent Horror when I see one. I am so used to the hype around these movies. I used to fall for the tag lines 'scariest movie ever' etc etc etc. More often than not deflated and let down at the failure of all the claims made in advertisements. Which means in recent years I have become picky about what horrors to watch.

Did The Human Centipede live up to the hype. As far as I am concerned on many levels it did. I thought I was going to hate it. Once you get over the extremely twisted premise of an evil doctor attaching humans together in a very disgusting way. This is a really good little low budget Horror. There I said it. I liked this. There is nearly no gore, most of the horror is built in the imagination, in the tense build up and a genuine sympathy for the victims of the mad doctor. Oh.... and what a mad doctor he is, scary, sadistic, and as mad as the maddest hatter! This movie achieves a certain sense of foreboding and dark oppressiveness that big budget horrors never manage.

OK, I agree the premise is totally bizarre but it is a horror movie and it makes a great change from the usual slasher movies and supernatural flicks. In a few years this will be regarded as a great example of tense thrilling and yes horrific filmmaking.

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