Berlin Film Review: ‘In the Aisles’

In the opening moments of Thomas Stuber’s third feature, the amiable romance “In the Aisles,” the camera noses around the empty warehouse supermarket in which it’s set. All is quiet in Gourmet Foodstuffs. Nothing stirs in Beverages. But then the strip lights flicker on high above the silent stacks, illuminating row after row of crated bulk goods. And finally a forklift glides across the screen, then another trundles by. Looked at from a certain, rose-tinted angle, this ugly, commercial enterprise is actually dancing a ballet as it comes to life for another shift. And just in case we didn’t fully appreciate the implications of this mechanized choreography, it is scored to Strauss’ “Blue Danube.” The mild and gentle pleasures of this crookedly hopeful little film are all laid out here, as well as the way it knocks against cliché at times.

It is the first shift for newbie Christian (Franz Rogowski, anchoring the second
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Human Centipede’ Delivers Campy, Queasy Chills

Chicago – Here’s a knee-jerk horrorshow with a premise so monumentally galvanizing and profoundly disgusting that it manages to upstage the film itself. Once you’ve discovered what the “Human Centipede” is, in all of its grotesque awfulness, your mind instantly creates a vision more viscerally disturbing than anything that could possibly be captured on film.

If by some chance you have not learned of what the “Human Centipede” is, then read no further, unless you’re not intending to lose your lunch anytime soon. Though the premise is depraved beyond belief, the film itself is less excruciating than one would expect (it’s certainly no “Cannibal Holocaust”). Writer/director Tom Six, an eager-to-quease provocateur from the Netherlands, has concocted a campy lark with a very specific audience in mind, that of the midnight movie thrill hounds who take delight in daring themselves to avoid shielding their eyes from extreme levels of cinematic nastiness.
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DVD Releases: October 5th, 2010, or The Most Expensive Day in Horror History!

Another week in October, another bounty crop of horror DVDs and Blu-rays. This week we have home entertainment from recent theatrical releases of nightmares of the mind as well as re-releases of classic and campy horror, all with boatloads of extras.

Then there are other horror titles that are being re-released on Blu-ray or in packs for double dipping. On top of that, horror offerings from Asia, past seasons of TV shows, manga, novels, and even video games are all vying for our pocketbooks. And we still have four more weeks of October to go.

Next year October needs to begin in August.

Human Centipede: First Sequence

Directed by Tom Six

Human Centipede: First Sequence (review) was a sensation ever since its first mention. Stephen Colbert even talked about it at the 2010 Emmys Awards broadcast! The premise cannot be simpler. Two pretty American girls are on a road trip through Europe.
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The Human Centipede DVD and Blu-ray Arrives October 5th

The Human Centipede (First Sequence), Tom Six's unforgettable horror movie, will be available for home viewing on DVD and Blu-ray on October 5. The standard DVD will be priced at $24.98 Srp while the Bd will be priced at $29.98 Srp. You can take a look at the cover art and special features details for both editions below. The movie stars Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie, Akihiro Kitamura and Dieter Laser.

The plot of The Human Centipede (First Sequence) is diabolically simple: Two pretty American girls (Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie) are on a road trip through Europe. In Germany, their car breaks down, leaving them alone in the woods at night. They take refuge in an isolated villa, where they wake the next morning to find themselves trapped in a basement along with a Japanese businessman (Akihiro Kitamura). An older German man (a maniacally intense Dieter Laser) introduces himself as a
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Booze Reviews: The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

Release Date: April 28th, 2010

Director: Tom Six

Writer: Tom Six

Cast: Dieter Laser, Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie, Akihiro Kitamura, Andreas Leupold, and Peter Blankenstein

Icons of Fright has given Aaron Pruner and Jack Conway a very dangerous assignment: to review the infamous film “The Human Centipede”. As a dedicated team of journalists, our intrepid heroes chose the only logical solution to tackling the job – getting ridiculously drunk. These are the transcripts from their recorded 2 hour ordeal. Reader Discretion is advised.

Jack – Okay, I’ve now had enough 100 proof rum to dive into this bastard. Aaron, you appear to be drinking something from a cursed silver chalice.

Aaron– It’s whiskey. The decanter makes it classy.

Jack – Oh good, I’m glad you brought your A-game. The Centipede will accept no less.

Aaron – Okay, I’m starting it. Set sail for ass jokes!

Jack – This is going to go badly.
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IFC Films Sets Up New Genre Label IFC Midnight

IFC Films sets up new genre label IFC Midnight IFC Films, one of the leading foreign and independent film distributors, today launches a new genre label called IFC Midnight. IFC Midnight will offer the very best in international genre cinema, including horror, sci-fi, thrillers, erotic arthouse, action and more. Four new IFC midnight films will premiere each month on video-on-demand; select titles will also be released in theaters at the same time as their VOD premiere. In addition, an IFC Midnight branded line of Blu-ray and DVD product will be released via a distribution arrangement with Mpi Media Group

President of IFC Entertainment Jonathan Sehring said: "Many of our most successful VOD titles are those that might fall under the Midnight label - not just films that are straight up horror, erotic arthouse or genre films but also ones that shock audiences, push boundaries and stir up controversy - so
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Movie review: The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

Courtesy of IFC Films

Talk about having mixed reactions after viewing The Human Centipede.  At one point I was saying to myself is this really happening?  Then, admiration entered the mind for its creative story and execution.  The 90 minute horror flick started to grow on me, but not sure if anyone would want to see this.  Having said that, many of us have watched disgusting Youtube videos just to say we did.  That's kind of where this flick falls.  One should probably give it a look.

Story is set in Germany, with two girls on an European vacation.  Lindsay (Ashley C. Williams) and Jenny (Ashlynn Yennie) are all dolled-up to go to a random party at a club.  As in all horror flicks, they run into some trouble and get lost in a desolate location.  They start roaming around the woods until they come across a house.  Approaching the expensive looking home,
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Exclusive: Tom Six Takes Us Inside the Demented World of The Human Centipede (The First Sequence)

The writer-director talks about what will surely be one of the most controversial films of the year

I can't quite put a finger on when I started hearing the buzz about Tom Six's utterly unique/insane film The Human Centipede (First Sequence), but I would truly never forget about this film after I saw it with my own eyes. The squeamish and the faint of heart will likely want to stay far away from this film, but those who are willing to risk some of the most truly disturbing images you'll likely ever see on the silver screen... well you're in for quite a crazy little trip with the film, which will be available on video-on-demand platforms on April 28 before hitting theaters this Friday, April 30. I had the opportunity to speak with the writer-director of this one-of-a-kind film ( to read my full review of the film) and here's what he had to say.
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Eerie-looking 'The Human Centipede' gains two clips. Not for the squeamish.

Check out two new clips from IFC Films' "The Human Centipede" starring Dieter Laser, Ashley Williams, Ashlynn Yennie, Akihiro Kitamura, Andreas Leupold and Peter Blankenstein. The horror which looks to easily shock viewers, opens on April 30th in theaters but you can catch it on April 28th On Demand. Tom Six, who directs, writers and produces, could easily go on and helm a "Saw" flick. A one-of-a-kind experience that is guaranteed to shock and divide audiences, Dutch filmmaker Tom Six's twisted biological horror film, "The Human Centipede" confidently goes where few films have dared to go. In addition to its shocking imagery, the film also features an indelibly villainous performance by Dieter Laser, whose brilliant and demented Dr. Heiter is sure to soon join the ranks of Freddy, Jason and Jigsaw whenever true horror icons are discussed...
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Exclusive: Tom Six Reveals More on The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)

The writer-director of one of the most controversial films of the year talks about the upcoming follow-up film I saw Tom Six's truly unique film The Human Centipede (First Sequence) last week... and I still can't stop thinking about this film which is alarming both for how disturbing it is... and how effective and well-made it is. Today I got to talk with the man who brought this twisted vision to the silver screen (who is one hell of a nice guy, actually) about the film, which will be released on video-on-demand on April 28 and will hit theaters on April 30. While I'll have my full interview and film review up next week, I had to share what he had to say about the sequel that he's planning to shoot in a few months, The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (If you're not familiar with this first film, which has
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A Clip From The Human Centipede (First Sequence) has posted an exclusive clip from The Human Centipede (First Sequence) , which IFC Films will release in limited theaters on Friday, April 28th. Written and directed by Tom Six, the horror pic stars Dieter Laser, Akihiro Kitamura, Andreas Leupold, Ashley C. Williams and Ashlynn Yennie. In the film, two American girls find themselves alone at night in Germany when their car breaks down in the woods. Searching for help they find only an isolated villa, whose mysterious owner, Dr. Heiter, takes them in for the night. The next day they awake to find themselves in the basement, trapped in a terrifying makeshift hospital with another one of the doctor's abductees. Dr Heiter explains to the three of them that he is retired surgeon who had specialized in separating...
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Biological horror 'The Human Centipede' certain to shock some viewers. Trailer and sketches added.

Certainly not for everyone, IFC Films' "The Human Centipede" has a trailer as well as the poster and sketches available. The film stars Dieter Laser, Ashley Williams, Ashlynn Yennie, Akihiro Kitamura, Andreas Leupold and Peter Blankenstein. Tom Six directs as well as writing alongside Ilona Six. You can catch it in select venues on April 30th or two days earlier on April 28th on-demand. A one-of-a-kind experience that is guaranteed to shock and divide audiences, Dutch filmmaker Tom Six's twisted biological horror film, "The Human Centipede" confidently goes where few films have dared to go. In addition to its shocking imagery, the film also features an indelibly villainous performance by Dieter Laser, whose brilliant and demented Dr. Heiter is sure to soon join the ranks of Freddy, Jason and Jigsaw whenever true horror icons are discussed. During a stopover in Germany in the middle of a carefree road trip through Europe,
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