A shoe-in for grossest movie ever . . . . . . .
The mad doctor, long a staple ingredient of the horror genre. The two girls stranded after their car gets a flat tyre, yet another staple ingredient. The big, isolated house. The terrified captives. This movie is full of many things instantly familiar to genre fans. Then it gets to the thrust of it’s plot: the mad doctor has a dream of connecting three people, with the rear two having their mouths sewn on to the anus of the person in front, into a human centipede. It’s a difficult, painful process involving kneecap removal, teeth removal and skin grafting amongst other things but the doctor thinks he can do it.
This movie, a film that has gained no small amount of notoriety/infamy thanks to the reception of it’s trailer online, is truly out there. The concept is so inherently nasty and discomforting that many will turn away from it immediately. And, let’s not mince words here, it IS nasty.
Yet, strangely enough, it’s also really well done and surprisingly, carefully handled in places. Writer-director Tom Six may become the target of a lot of vitriol but he’s actually very good at picking what to show, what to imply and what to avoid altogether.
The acting is all very good. Dieter Laser is hilariously OTT as the mad doctor while the potential victims (Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie and Akihiro Kitamura) express a lot more with their body language than many others can do with their voices and faces.
A horror movie that actually delivers on the potential shown in it’s trailer, this film then made the mistake of not going anywhere interesting with it’s disturbing central idea. It just kind of . . . . . . sits there . . . . . . being odd . . . . . . much like, ironically, some freakish display that doesn’t move but is just there to solely provide passers by with something to goggle at.
So it’s a film that goes way out there and then, sadly, does nothing else but it’s still great, gruesome subject matter for those who think they have the stomach for it. Be warned: one or two scenes are genuinely disturbing even though more is implied than actually shown. Even my stomach was churning and I’ve watched a hell of a lot that was graphically worse than this.
Director: Tom Six.
Stars: Dieter Laser, Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie, Akihiro Kitamura.
Approx. runtime: 90 mins.