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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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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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[first lines]
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Nothing good about this movie...
15 October 2010 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews


I'll be honest - the only reason I got this movie was because I was intrigued by the gruesome concept. So I watched it the other day, and was left feeling dirty, ashamed of myself, bored, and disappointed. There was very little in the way of scary moments in this film other than a few escape attempts by the victims. I found myself squeamishly anticipating the capture/torture/operation of the victims, but even that was a letdown, and once the centipede is created, it just gets boring.

This was essentially a low-rent version of Silence of the Lambs; a guy kidnaps people and puts them in his basement where he turns them into a perverse personal art project. This movie, however, has horrible acting and implausible situations.

The American chicks were so dumb and annoying that by the time their mouths were sewn to each other's asses, I was glad just to not have to listen to them talk any more. The cops were bumbling and stupid - what police officers would accept a drink from a possible murder suspect? And the weird scenes of the doctor training the centipede like it was a pet dog...was that supposed to be funny? It was just off-color and weird.

Bad, bad movie. Tom Six - you suck.

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