Written by Markus Robinson, Edited by Nicole I. Ashland
Markus Rating: 0 out of 5 Stars
To quote Glenn Goodman: This film “is like childbirth, terrible while it’s happening but a joy when it’s all over.” The premise of “The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)”, director Tom Six’s sequel to (you guessed it) “The Human Centipede (First Sequence)”, may have seemed like a creative next step if you are a fan of the original, but watching it play out is something of a sick perversion, testing the limits of how far a film can go when the premise centers around mouth to anus surgery. The actual story centers around a portly, asthmatic, bug-eyed, demented and perpetually sweaty parking lot security guard named Martin, who doesn’t seem to talk but does elicit these subhuman squeals and cries when he is happy or in distress. Everybody seems to hate him (including his shrill and psychotic mother) so of course he had to grow up to be a repressed serial killer. It is suggested that while growing up Martin had been sexually abused by his father and is lusted over by his doctor. But despite all of this abuse and degradation he suffers, the audience will never once feel sorry for Martin; and here is why. As an adult he has become obsessed with a DVD copy of Tom Six’s “Human Centipede (First Sequence)”, watching it over and over again, even going so far as to self-gratify with sandpaper while watching it. His dream is to make a twelve person human centipede, which involves connecting twelve humans (if the title didn’t give it away already) from mouth to anus. But since Martin (unlike the antagonist in the first film) isn’t a doctor, audiences soon come to the realization that his ways of connecting his victims (which he abducts from the parking garage) are sure to be much more crude and unsanitary. Ok I will stop there, to give you a chance to save your lunch if you haven’t lost it already.
The truth is that even if your own perversions stem so low as to have enjoyed the original, you may still find the sequel tedious with hardly any explanation (especially in the latter half with the construction of the twelve person centipede). And as for Six’s decision to film this bloody movie entirely in black and white in an obvious attempt to give it a more artistic look (or something); it does succeed in terms of making the atmosphere a tad more David Lynch-esque, but that is in no way a redeeming quality when looking at the movie overall. The only real redeeming quality of this film is that the production company actually put a warning at the beginning of it, explaining how graphic the movie really is.
When it came right down to it, I was more confused than anything about the point of a movie like this. Is this supposed to be a commentary on how sick Six perceives his fans to be? If that is that case, then I believe this same commentary was already proven with the success of the original Human Centipede. But here is the thing, even though I hated the original, the original had a horror genre motivation that the sequel does not. In the sequel, there seems to be no rhyme or reason for any of the characters actions throughout. And even though it does push the limits of visual mutilation as it progresses, those who enjoy torture-porn may become more and more disinterested as the end culminates into something of a mindless montage of vile images. Six goes way (WAY) over the boundaries of what can be called horror and into an arena that should be deemed nihilistic snuff film. People, men and women (one who is pregnant) are bludgeoned over the head with crowbars, there is a rape scene with barbed wire that was thankfully highly edited and even two scenes with small children that are unforgivable, all seemingly for no particular reason but to otherwise shock its audience. In fact, the final ten minutes of this crap was maybe the most visually outlandish and disturbing thing I have ever seen on film; to the point were I actually threw up.
Side Note: What really pisses me off about this director is that Six tries to play the part of the misunderstood artist, whose work is shunned by society, but will be deemed masterpieces thirty years down the road. And he can think that all he wants, but the simple fact is “The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)” is not art. It is nothing more than a reprehensible study on the gross-out limits in film. In fact, this entire Human Centipede idea has gotten so visually disturbing that it almost seems like a sick therapeutic exercise; in a very odd way stating to audiences that the only thing which is keeping Six from become an actual mass murder, are these demented big screen adaptations of what is really going on in that perverted mind of his. In many ways one could make the claim that Tom Six is the most dangerous filmmaker of this era.
Final Thought: This one is going to be a hard one to beat for worst film of the year. The fact that not even people that call themselves horror fans would touch this film must tell you something. So suffice to say, if you are not a fan of the genre, STAY AWAY from “The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)” because (if you haven’t already gotten the gist from this review) you will be revolted and all together angered by what you will witness. “The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)” is simply filmmaking at its worst.
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