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The Human Centipede (DVD)
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The Human Centipede (DVD)
Advantages: May be of interest to unhinged Nazi inspired would be surgeons
Disadvantages: Plain boring
This film had a great deal of drama surrounding critics calling it challenging and obscene, words I like to hear. I believe that boundaries are there to be pushed and pushed until they break. Clearly a lot of people are put off by European cinema despite some great releases but here is one reason why perhaps.
The film centres around a maniacal German surgeon who is obsessed with conjoined bodies, indeed he decorates his clinically pristine home with artwork of the subject. In the opening scenes we are made aware of a siamese triplet he has created from dogs buried in his lawn and we get the idea where this film is probably going.
Dr Heiter is clearly bonkers and has the vision of creating a human centipede using three unwilling guinea pigs he kidnaps to realise his demented fantasy. What gave rise to the controversy surrounding the film was that the people were joined mouth to anus and their intestinal tracts joined as one allowing food to be eating by the first and excreted by the third. I believe there was some promotion stating that the theoretical surgery was anatomically correct!
Despite the interesting possibilities I could not get into this film at all. The premise was good but the acting was absolutely dire, probably the worst I have seen in a long, long time. The two American ladies played by Ashley C Williams and Ashlynn Yennie are terrible. They over pronounce their lines and have strange pauses in the timing, you want them to be operated on! Their co-prisoner is a Japanese man played by Akihiro Kitamura who is streets ahead in terms of screen prescence practically making them invisible.
Worst of all however is the lead Dr Heiter played by the incredibly wooden Dieter Laser who virtually floats around the set making no impact at all. His interactions are mundane and clinical, like his character, and he shows virtually no emotion through his botox face to whole time he is on screen.
The worst thing thing about the whole experience for me was that I felt compelled to watch the film despite it being boring just to see the outcome of the human centipede. I could write paragraphs about imagery and ethics but at the end of the day this is a film about sewing mouths to arses.
Ashley C. Williams
Promised so much yet failed to deliver despite some key moments. It did win several awards however so someone must see merit in the work. Give it a try if it's on TV but do not rent or buy.
Summary: Nothing to shout about