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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.


Tom Six


Tom Six
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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)


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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Their flesh is his fantasy. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Although the film is set in Germany, it was shot in the Netherlands due to the countries' similar landscapes. Heiter's home, where most of the film takes place, was a villa in the Netherlands found by the production team. The property was in a residential area and not surrounded by woodland as it appears in the film, but by other houses, so the filmmakers had some difficulty ensuring the other houses did not appear in shot. Real hospital beds and intravenous drips were rented from a local hospital. See more »


When Dr. Heiter is taking an unconscious Katsuro out of his car, you see Katsuro "help" Heiter by putting his right arm on the door frame to push himself up, so Heiter can carry him. 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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Great concept idea, mediocre movie...
11 August 2013 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

I must say that I had expected something more from this movie as all people said it was so gross, disturbing and twisted. Well, hardly so, there are far more disturbing movies out there. "The Human Centipede" wasn't that bad.

Sure the concept idea of connecting three individuals together in that matter is twisted, but it hardly qualified to be as gross as people made it out to be. The concept idea was interesting, as bizarre as it was, but it just never made it up beyond mediocrity.

The story is about two American girls, Lindsay (played by Ashley C. Williams) and Jenny (played by Ashlynn Yennie) who is traveling across Europe. They are on their way to a party in Germany when their car breaks down with a flat tire, and they seek shelter at a nearby house that belongs to Dr. Heiter (played by Dieter Laser). The not-so-good doctor drugs the Americans and makes them part of his insane ambition to make a human centipede.

I will say that the story progressed nicely at a good pace, and there were some great moments throughout the movie. But this movie doesn't really gross out the audience, and the shock value of what is going on is fairly tame compared to other movies out there.

The movie was nicely acted, and Dieter Laser was really the one carrying the movie with the stereotypical maniacal doctor who wants nothing else but to make inhuman experiments. Dieter Laser's character Dr. Heiter also had the best comment in the entire movie; "I don't like human beings". And I guess it must have been some challenge for Akihiro Kitamura, Ashlynn Yennie and Ashley C. Williams to spend most of the movie on their hands and knees, together face to rear part.

Despite its predictable story, and lack of a shocking value, then "The Human Centipede" was a good enough movie. The movie had potential for something more disturbing, but the end result was mediocre, yet watchable.

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English | German | Japanese

Release Date:

28 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


EUR1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,424, 2 May 2010

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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