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The Human Centipede (First Sequence) -- A mad scientist achieves his dream of creating a human centipede by attaching three people together.
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) -- Two stranded young women are the missing pieces in a demented surgeon's twisted plan.
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Release Date:
12 April 2010 (Brazil) See more »
100% medically accurate. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Intriguing or repulsive? (likely both) See more (408 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Dieter Laser ... Dr. Heiter

Ashley C. Williams ... Lindsay

Ashlynn Yennie ... Jenny

Akihiro Kitamura ... Katsuro
Andreas Leupold ... Det. Kranz

Peter Blankenstein ... Det. Voller
Bernd Kostrau ... Dirty Man in Car
Rene de Wit ... Truck Driver
Sylvia Zidek ... Hotel Receptionist (voice)
Rosemary Annabella ... Amy (voice) (as Monica Iconica)
Mauricio d'Orey ... TV Presenter (voice) (as Maurício d'Orey)

Directed by
Tom Six 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tom Six  written by

Produced by
Ilona Six .... executive producer
Ilona Six .... producer
Tom Six .... producer
Original Music by
Patrick Savage 
Holeg Spies 
Cinematography by
Goof de Koning (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Nigel de Hond 
Tom Six 
Production Design by
Thomas Stefan 
Art Direction by
Stefan Johannes 
Set Decoration by
Caroline Lucciari 
Makeup Department
Rachel Elbertse .... makeup department head
Erik Hillenbrink .... special makeup effects artist
Rob Hillenbrink .... key special makeup effects
Production Management
Joris van de Sande .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mandy Swinkels .... assistant director (as Mandy Swinkels-Linders)
Art Department
Lola Hunter .... property master
Sound Department
Sefi Carmel .... sound re-recording mixer
Mauricio d'Orey .... foley artist (as Maurício d'Orey)
Mauricio d'Orey .... foley editor (as Maurício d'Orey)
Jasper de Weerd .... sound
Timo Hegtermans .... boom operator
Eilam Hoffman .... supervising sound editor
Tomer Kantor .... sound editor
Tomer Kantor .... sound effects editor
Tomer Kantor .... sound mix technician
Ariel Levinsohn .... sound effects editor
Ariel Levinsohn .... studio management
Andrew Lewis .... sound editor
Angel Perez Grandi .... foley artist
Angel Perez Grandi .... foley supervisor
Angel Perez Grandi .... post-production sound recordist
Angel Perez Grandi .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Simon Astbury .... colourist
Tom Dunn .... visual effects producer
Enge Gray .... online editor
Alex Jevon .... visual effects
Ryan Lewis .... visual effects
Arthur van Oest .... action coordinator
Rinse Zwalua .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Diego de Geus .... focus puller
Bart de Haan .... grip
Bart de Haan .... key grip
Jeroen de Haan .... grip
Thijmen de Jeeger .... best boy
Thea de Jong .... assistant camera
Rinco Ederveen .... grip
Ernst-Jan Thieme .... gaffer
Eric van der Heide .... grip
Eric van der Heide .... key grip
Casting Department
Yumi Takada .... casting
Music Department
Charles Rapeneau .... music producer
Holeg Spies .... score producer
Other crew
Jaan Kreike .... production assistant
Irene Le Roy .... production office
Michael Lurie .... international distribution
Deborah Rosa .... production coordinator
Jaap Rustige .... production assistant
Joris Schouten .... production assistant
Jochem van Doorn .... production office
Farid Zambib .... production assistant
Piet Bijlholt .... the producers wish to thank (as Piet Bijlhold)
Peter Blankenstein .... the producers wish to thank (as P. Blankenstein)
Silvia Davulcu .... the producers wish to thank (as Sila Davulcu)
Rikkie de Wit .... the producers wish to thank
Ingrid French .... the producers wish to thank
Mike Hostench .... the producers wish to thank
Midori Inoue .... the producers wish to thank
Eddy de Kroes .... the producers wish to thank (as E. de Kroes)
Genna McWhinnie .... the producers wish to thank
Nicola Pehle .... the producers wish to thank
Ian Rattray .... the producers wish to thank
Yorn Schram .... the producers wish to thank (as Jorn Schram)
Jan Six .... the producers wish to thank
Yumi Takada .... the producers wish to thank
Marc Walkow .... the producers wish to thank

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Human Centipede" - USA (short title)
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Rated R for disturbing sadistic horror violence, nudity and language
92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Brazil:(Banned) | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) | France:-16 | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 | Japan:R15+ | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #46355) | USA:Unrated (director's cut)

Did You Know?

Dieter Laser was Tom Six's first choice to play the mad doctor.See more »
Continuity: The front left tire of the girls' rental car blows out and is shown to be completely deflated, but in subsequent shots the tire is inflated normally.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Scream Awards 2010 (2010) (TV)See more »


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185 out of 289 people found the following review useful.
Intriguing or repulsive? (likely both), 10 May 2010
Author: Simon_Says_Movies from Toronto, ON, Canada

It is very difficult to review a movie called The Human Centipede (First Sequence). There is little chance one will be lured to a viewing under false pretences so if a movie delivers what you expect, is it not then an undisputable success? Yes and no as the film is a struggle between concept, execution and nausea but what is admirable, in addition to its fearless boundary pushing, is its restraint. Yes you read that correctly, restraint. Contrary to so many of the torture porn films that try to punch up the shock value through sadism The Human Centipede has almost no blood and lets your imagination fill in the horrific blanks.

If you know nothing about this movie, allow me to enlighten you. The film revolves around a deranged surgeon who propels the old hallmark of a 'mad doctor' to delirious extremes. He kidnaps people and sews them together mouth to anus (yes you also read that correctly). Through that procedure which involves removal of the teeth and stitching together the skin of the forward and rear victim, the gastric system is thereby connected. This combined with slicing ligaments in the knees to prevent erect walking and you got yourself one human centipede.

Likely, your mind is already made up on if you want to see this movie; you are either intrigued or repulsed (likely both). What elevates The Human Centipede from its high concept is the tension, the elements of pitch black humour, the subtle skewering of horror conventions and finally the performance of the main villain. The good Doctor Heiter is played by German Dieter Laser (or as I like to pronounce in a bad Arnold Schwarzenegger impression, 'Deeder Lazer') and he is truly terrifying; icy, ruthless and completely unsympathetic towards his captives. He has no motives behind his motives. His drive to create this abomination stems from the death of his '3-dog', which I'm sure you can fathom what that entails, but his desire to attempt anything in this realm to being with is never explored.

The Human Centipede is directed by Tom Six and the man knows how to terrify and disgust in unison. The movie does lose some of its momentum around the ¾ mark but bursts back to life at the finale. The final scene is perhaps the most powerful and affecting in the entire movie and stayed with me far after the initial shock had faded. The slogan for this movie reads '100% medically accurate' and while I'm unsure of the validity of that statement it really stands as a moot point; plausible or preposterous, The Human Centipede does its job the best since the original Saw.

Tom Six is already planning a sequel entitled The Human Centipede (Full Sequence). The dark cloud that looms over this project will be the tendency of directors to try an one-up their originals, usually through increased gore, instead of expanding upon the elements that worked, such as the tension and the allowed space for the viewers mind to go wild. Necessity of a follow-up aside, this is one of the single most brazen and memorable works of horror in many years; see it if you dare.

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