Thursday, 6 May 2010

Mini Review - The Human Centipede: First Sequence

Boasting the fact that the film is '100% medically accurate', writer/director Tom Six has pieced together a film so glorifyingly disturbing that it's hard not to find yourself intrigued; The Human Centipede: First Sequence.

Two American tourists, Ashley C. Williams and Ashlynn Yennie, find themselves stranded on a backwoods road in Europe after an ill-fated tire burst. Spotting a light in the distance, they land on the doorstop of crazed scientist Dr. Heiter, unaware of his life-long ambition to create his own personal masterpiece, the human centipede.

Undoubtedly slow-paced, the film firstly follows the two girls as they moan and groan their way through the first couple of scenes, giving a distinct feeling of a camp, 80's slasher. The film, luckily, picks up as soon as they meet psychotic Dr. Heiter (played brilliantly by Dieter Laser). Once captured and fused with another unlucky soul, we're strung through the ringer with these characters as we watch them writhe and crawl around on their knees, leading to the severely depressing end and setting up nicely for the sequel, 'Full Sequence', which will feature a twelve-man centipede.

Grotesque and hard-to-watch, the film's concept is unarguably original - something which doesn't often happen in the life of a horror fanatic. It's not without it's flaws, but they're vastly overpowered by the deeply affecting plot.


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