The Human Centipede Review
Building on horror movie cliches such as the lost American girlies stumbling onto the wrong place and the teutonic mad scientist, Six takes his central conceit of spliced human beings and explores the terrifying philosophy therein. What could be worse than not being able to speak or to eat or to breathe freely? What could make an unchosen dependency more diabolical and what are the chances of escape from this abomination perpetrated on three pathetic souls?
Some have claimed that this film is the very climax of the apogee of the depravity explored by modern horror, and I believe that whether you get past the central obscenity of humans stitched together ass to mouth will determine what you can get from it. Personally, I enjoyed an exploration of a entirely new kind of hell which is both competently made and unremitting in its vision.
So let me finish with my synopsis as that will determine whether you want to watch the film. Mad scientist stitches three people together, ass to mouth, and they try to escape en masse. If that sounds like you want to watch it you'll enjoy it greatly, and if it doesn't then I am sure something better intentioned and much much milder will be along soon.
Tech SpecsShot on DV at 720P, the film is presented here in 1080I with a framerate of 25 per second and a filesize of 18.5GB. Whites are sometimes too bright and detail is not as deep as you may wish for. The image is very digital looking with some interlaced artefacts like aliasing noticeable and I believe the film was shot at 1.66:1 but is presented at 1.78:1 here.
Special FeaturesAbout 60% of this BD50 is used and the extras come with two interviews of the director and a Q+A, a deleted scene, a short making of and two post production featurettes. Six seems a remarkably well adjusted and jolly gentleman in the pieces on show. He talks about the origins of his idea for the film and his particular inspirations in the genre. Six even made sure that his idea was 100% "medically accurate" and claims that the sequel will be the opposite!
The director's commentary is not particularly fluent although Six again provides some interesting anecdotes around filming especially about the neighbours reactions to the shoot of the scene in the garden.
Six and Laser attend a Q+A in London in between filming the sequel. Laser claims the film is multi-layered and calls Six a "sophisticated guy" with no irony at all, whilst Six tells a great story about the difficulties in casting US actresses for largely naked roles involving having your face inches from someone else's arse for 14 hours a day.
The making of is rather unrelated set of sequences of footage from the shooting, but the foley session is quite a lark as it includes a sound man messing around in offal. Laser really goes over the top in the deleted scene which is an extension of his moment of creation in the film.
SummarySix promises worse is to come but his first horror film shows terrific promise. This blu-ray presentation is limited but offers HD extras on top of a 1080I transfer.
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Last updated: 18/04/2018 14:26:46