“The Human Centipede”, the movie about a demented surgeon, obsessed with the idea to create a human centipede, by stitching people together, from ass to mouth, has begun to spread through VOD and at some theaters.
The reactions have not been long in coming, with people simple walking out of the theaters and even throwing up during the movie. It almost sounds as the reactions that, “The Exorcist” by William Friedkin, got back in 1973. Then the audience fainted in the theaters, out of fear though and not out of disgust.
However, back in 1973, they didn’t have Internet, You Tube, Social Media, forums or blogs, to gather information. Which explains why people reacted so strong to “The Exorcist”; they simply didn’t know what to expect.
Now, I’m baffled that people react the way they do. The trailer for “The Human Centipede” has been viewed over 1,000,000 times on YouTube, movie critiques warns people to eat before seeing it, it is heavily discussed on forums and blogs. I mean, it would be obvious to anyone what to expect, wouldn’t it?
Tom Six, the man behind “The Human Centipede” however, is proud over the buzz and the commotion his movie is creating. He says that he understand that some people will be upset and even feel bad by the movie, while others will enjoy the pitch dark humor in it.
The Film Yap has published an interesting interview with Tom Six where he reveals, that idea came from a sick remark he uses to say about certain criminals, “stitch his mouth to the ass of a very fat truck driver, and that would be a good punishment for him.” A horrifying idea to some, but Tom thought it would make a good horror film, though.
He also promises that there will be sequels, even more gut-wrenching than the first, with more people being stitched together. Which sounds promising, but I hope that Six doesn’t forget that it is not enough with just with a macabre idea and a couple of wicked scenes, you must also have a good story too, to make a good movie.
Or else, this promising saga might take the same turn as “Saw”, who first was renowned for its innovation, breathtaking story and fresh style, but then turned into a series of bleach repeats of the first, with just one thing in focus – an orgy in macabre ways of killing people, with no depth or development of the main story line.
However, Six seems to be of those persons who doesn’t care about boundaries, when it comes to realize their ideas, so I don’t doubt that he will pull it of. One example of his dedication is that he actually contacted a real surgeon, to help him make “The Human Centipede” as realistic as possible.
Imagine the face on that surgeon, when Six called him an explained that he was planning a movie, where a crazy surgeon would stitch people together from ass to mouth, that would have been hilarious to witness! Nevertheless, he also got a surgeon to help him and the medical scenes in the movie is said to be 100% correct.
You should read the interview with Tom Six over at The Film Yap, since it’s a very interesting read.
My take on “The Human Centipede”? Well, I must say that I enjoy movies that rips the spin out of me, chews on it, and spit it right back into my face, truly managing to shock me, and I think that this one will fit into that class, for sure. So hopefully I will be able to see it soon and share my thoughts about it.
At last, to answer the question that started this post – is it the sickest movie ever made? I think that the answer lies in the eyes of the beholder, actually. Some people definitely sees it as the sickest movie and maybe even as the last prove of man’s decay, while others sees it just as another splatter movie on steroids or as an innovative masterpiece, even.
Nonetheless, I’m pretty sure that there is a couple of Asian horror movies out there, lurking in the dark, which could compete for the title as well. Nevertheless, I think it will be interesting to follow Six and “The Human Centipede” to see how far he will take his extraordinary saga. Don’t you?
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