WARNING: You are now entering a “Human Centipede” post. Please leave any hang-ups, and your gag reflex, at the door.
“The Human Centipede” is a horror film that’s attempting to set a new bar for gross-out human disfigurement. A German scientist known for his ability to separate conjoined twins has decided that rather than take people apart he wants to put them together, literally. He creates a human centipede; three people attached at the mouth to the, um, rectum.
The clips below show that while this film will certainly be grotesque, there will be some attempt to build tension before we see the doctor’s creature. But when you know what the pay-off is, is there really a point? I don’t see how the filmmaker can at all make us care about these characters (who clearly walk into every generic horror film trap) or set up enough tension for us to be surprised by much in the film. The whole point is to see the Human Centipede itself and while that may sustain enough interest for one viewing, it’s a gimmick that may not be enough to make a really successful horror film.
“The Human Centipede” opens in limited release April 30.
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