HT Schuyler: The Human Centipede (First Sequence) Review

Posted: December 31, 2010 by htschuyler in HT Schuyler's Movie Reviews

Rated 18A for sadistic, brutal violence, nudity, language and just flat out wrongness.

Starring: Dieter Laser, Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynne Yennie and Akihiro Kitamura.

Directed by: Tom Six.

Yes, that’s right, The Human Centipede…First Sequence. I forget how I first heard about this movie, all I know is that it hadn’t been shown to the public, and had only been shown at film festivals. So I eventually forgot about this film, until I heard it was being released on DVD in October. So when October came around I searched for the film, but could not seem to find it anywhere. I assumed that for some reason it had not yet been released in Canada, but eventually I came across a copy, and curiosity got the better of me and I bought it. I was hesitant to watch the film at first, but eventually I worked up the courage and watched it. Once the credits rolled all I could think was “Wow…WTF did I just watch?” I cannot remember the last time I felt so dirty, disturbed, horrified and ultimately impressed. Few horror films are able to get a strong reaction out of me, as over time I have become desensitized to most violence present in horror films, but this one is different. I can’t say I enjoyed this film, but I was throughly impressed. The plot is strange and disturbing, yet simple at the same time. Two American girls are traveling across Europe, and are in Germany when their car breaks down and they seek refuge in a house nearby. They are then drugged and told that they will take part in an experiment…to become a Human Centipede, connected anus to mouth. So the story is simple at first, then unlike anything you’ve even seen. The acting from the two female leads is…laughable. Once things get going their acting gets better, but at the beginning they just get on your nerves. Dieter Laser is great, his character is very creepy, and you are generally scared of him. Laser gives an intense performance, and you are never sure what his character is going to do next. Considering the entire movie relies on Laser’s performance, I must say he did a fine job.

The Good:

This is one of those rare films that was able to get a reaction out of me, and that was because everything that happened was believable and disturbing. The operation that takes place is 100% medically accurate, which just adds to the horror of the situation. The set up for the film is fast, and it gets into things very quickly, so there is not a lot of filler. There are some things they don’t show you that much of, i.e. the operation, but really, you don’t need to see it, and it leaves more to the imagination. Despite being a very sick film, it’s well made. It seems like the director really wanted to make a solid film, not just gross images to make the audience squirm, and it shows. It seems weird to say, but the film was made with care, in order to ensure the audience received a shocking experience. Besides the set up, it didn’t use the generic conventions of horror films, and is very original. In fact, it’s unlike anything I have seen before. It’s not the most disturbing and gruesome movie I’ve ever seen, but it’s one of them. The film is professionally made and is very creative.

The Bad:

Despite some bad acting at the beginning, there is not much bad about this film. Yes, some scenes are hard to watch, it’s very disturbing and it may scar certain people for life, but as I said before, it is well made. Despite a couple scenes that made no sense and where characters you thought would have acted differently didn’t, there’s not much that is bad about this film.

In Conclusion:

Well, I can’t say I enjoyed this film, but I was impressed. Now, would I recommend it? I would recommend it to horror fans who have seen a wide variety of disturbing and violent films before hand, and are not grossed out at the sight of blood. It’s not a film you can rent with friends and laugh at, it really is one where you need to be aware of what your getting yourself into beforehand.  It’s not a bad movie, it’s an original one, unlike anything I have seen before. Was it easy to sit through? No. Do I recommend it? Yes, but only if you think you are up to it. It’s a very well made film that is so unique and creative you can’t help by appreciate it, but it is not for the faint of heart.


  1. pgcooper1939 says:

    I doubt I’ll ever see this. The movie seems really silly to me.

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