You’ve been warned.
Tom Six, the genius behind The Human Centipede concept is back with a sequel, which reveals a different kind of horror from its predecessor. The Human Centipede 2 is rather vile, hard to stomach and not for your viewing pleasure.
The film kicks off with the closing sequence of The Human Centipede (First Sequence) playing on Martin’s laptop. Martin (Laurence R. Harvey), a disturbed, mentally-ill car-park attendant is ever so intrigued by Tom Six’s idea of creating a human digestive chain filled with faeces and intense moaning.
Martin is willing to get anyone into this sick, twisted arse-to-mouth combination. So much so that he pulls in a very pregnant lady and manipulates Ashlynn Yennie into thinking that she’s up for a Quentin Tarantino film audition.
An acting gem is unleashed as Laurence R. Harvey prances around a dingy warehouse, sobbing and yelping like a true enthusiast living out his ultimate fantasy. Although not muttering a single word throughout the whole film, his rabid expressions elevate his emotional depth tremendously. Each minute expression of his is annoyingly splendid and the sounds that escape him are enough to make you shiver.
The antagonist Martin however, differs from the original Human Centipede extraordinaire Dr. Heiter (played by Dieter Laser). The original surgeon is an actual renowned surgeon who sees his creation as a work of art whereas Martin here is a sloppy wannabe staple-gunning his way through an unrealistic chain of 12 people, all for sheer pleasure and amusement. What Martin lacks in Heiter’s “creep factor” and badassness, he makes up for in concrete emotional variation, supported by a well-played back story.
Martin’s obsession and sexual arousal surrounding Coprophagia (act of consuming faeces) is what starts and even ends the story. His traumatic background of being sexually abused by his father sparks off his vile intentions but Six’s cult-horror film The Human Centipede plants the idea into his already sick head.
Although Ashley C. Williams stole the show in the previous film, it was great seeing lovely Ashlynn Yennie make a comeback! (She previously played the rear of the three-way Human Centipede, who eventually died of an infection)
This time ’round, Ashlynn gets to be right in front of the line as she represents the final piece of the meat puzzle. Her tough as nails attitude and defiance are well-displayed as she leads her fellow Centipede counterparts in an attempt to escape.
A few jaw-clenching moments in the film include Martin knocking a man’s set of of teeth individually with a hammer, the cutting of the same man’s buttocks and last but not least, a medley of splashing faeces along the Human Centipede, suffice to cause a gagfest among audiences.
The film’s monochrome finish might have saved us just a teensy weensy bit. Copious amounts of blood and flying faeces might have been hard to watch in actual colour, probably even causing the movie to be banned completely.
Needless to say, BBFC’s ban was upheld after an appeal by Eureka Entertainment ordering 32 separate cuts (2 min 37 secs worth of footage) for the film.
Part of the sandpaper-assisted masturbation scene was cut as well as the act of Martin sodomizing the rear of his Human Centipede with barbed wire wrapped around his genitals.
Lars von Trier’s 2009 insane flick Antichrist saw much controversy with bloody masturbation acts and unstimulated sex scenes while in 2010, A Serbian Film made headlines with its “newborn porn” scene. Other films like I Spit On Your Grave and The Last House On The Left were widely known for their disturbing (and extremely hard to watch) rape scenes.
Filmmakers obviously aren’t holding back when it comes to ideas of sadism, rape or gore. However, as sex and blood start to become desensitised among audiences, writers and directors have to constantly find new ways to display originality. It’s a form of art, they say. To each his own, we say.
Honestly, the film really isn’t as gut-wrenching as it looks. Fans of the original might be disappointed however at the lack of solid ground its successor holds. Undeniably, die-hard gore fans will find this a delight while those expecting a deeper meaning to The Human Centipede concept might be in for disappointment.
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) provides little connotation but overall, a pretty good way to pick up where Six left off. Pretty clever of Tom Six to toy with the idea that his movie could create a credible impact on audiences. Tongue in cheek indeed.
Remaining loyal to this extremely original concept, we’re looking forward to the final installment a.k.a The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence), which directly follows Full Sequence. Seeing how Full Sequence ended, we’re afraid to hear what’s coming next.