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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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Tom Six

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Tom Six
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dieter Laser ... Dr. Heiter
Ashley C. Williams ... Lindsay
Ashlynn Yennie ... Jenny
Akihiro Kitamura ... Katsuro
Andreas Leupold Andreas Leupold ... Det. Kranz
Peter Blankenstein ... Det. Voller
Bernd Kostrau Bernd Kostrau ... Dirty Man in Car
Rene de Wit Rene de Wit ... Truck Driver
Sylvia Zidek Sylvia Zidek ... Hotel Receptionist (voice)
Rosemary Annabella ... Amy (voice) (as Monica Iconica)
Mauricio d'Orey Mauricio d'Orey ... TV Presenter (voice) (as Maurício d'Orey)
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Storyline

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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100% medically accurate. See more »

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing sadistic horror violence, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Netherlands

Language:

English | German | Japanese

Release Date:

28 April 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Human Centipede See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,424, 2 May 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$181,467, 27 June 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$252,207, 2 September 2012
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Six Entertainment See more »
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Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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The opening scene, which only featured Dieter Laser and Rene de Wit, was shot on the last day of filming. See more »

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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 »

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[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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Intriguing or repulsive? (likely both)
10 May 2010 | by Simon_Says_MoviesSee all my reviews

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.

Read my review of the sequel: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1530509/reviews-106


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