Saturday, 18 August 2012
DVD review: The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)
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. The Human Centipede (First Sequence) is written and directed by Tom Six. The acting is pretty decent for the most, my favorite actor in it is Dieter Laser who is marvelous as the deranged and mad surgeon Dr. Heiter. The movie is professionally shot and edited and it is a very nice looking movie. The soundtrack is good. There is a fair amount of sadism and humiliation but I´ll be honest I was kinda expecting more, far worse stuff so I was a kind of disappointed. There are some gore, practical make-up fx and it looks good. There is some brief T & A but you don´t see much.
This review is based upon the region 1 DVD release from IFC Films.
Rating: 5½ out of 7. I enjoyed it but the it doesn´t live up to the hype surrounding it, sure there are some original and pretty twisted ideas that will provoke sensitive viewers but I was craving for more.