The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2010)



Critic Consensus: Grotesque, visceral and hard to (ahem) swallow, this surgical horror doesn't quite earn its stripes because the gross-outs overwhelm and devalue everything else.

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Two American girls find themselves trapped in a terrifying makeshift hospital by a retired surgeon,Dr. Heiter. The doctor explains that he is retired surgeon who had specialized in separating Siamese twins. However the girls are not about to be separated, but joined together in a horrific operation. He plans to be the first to connect people, one to the next, via their gastric system, and in doing so bring to life his sick lifetime fantasy: the human centipede.

Rating: R (for disturbing sadistic horror violence, nudity and language)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Six
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On DVD: Oct 5, 2010
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Critic Reviews for The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (15)

The problem is that this slick piece of schlock is dull, risible and, ultimately, boring.

Full Review… | September 8, 2010
Miami Herald
Top Critic

A horror import that actually has the confidence and audacity to deliver something disturbingly different.

Full Review… | August 26, 2015

Six seems, at some point, to have said to himself, It might be theoretically possible to sew a mouth to an anus and sustain life. Someone should dramatize that, and then he did.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

I's at times heart-racingly tense, less gory than you'd expect, hilarious, horrible, and not like anything else you've ever seen.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Deep down it's just more torture porn with an artistic gloss...

Full Review… | October 30, 2010
Cinema Crazed

The evocative title, the lack of motive and the absence of genre tropes are completely intentional -- Six is giving us what we want, reminding us all the while that getting exactly what we want is usually the last thing we should ever really have.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010

Audience Reviews for The Human Centipede (First Sequence)


The mere idea is grotesque but the execution is not as repulsive as the hype leads us to think, and though Dieter Laser is efficiently menacing as the mad doctor, the other actors are mostly terrible and the movie offers a lot more involuntary humor than actual horror.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Tom SIx derives an unexpected and grotesque feel to the horror/gore cinematic genre. Human Centipede is overshadowed by its devious creation of an 'actual' human centipede as well as its diabolical creator. Not for all audience, the film's execution doesn't hit well but does leave a sour mark on the not-so-strong-stomach-filled audience. 3/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

I admit, it's pretty disturbing, but nothing is really shown in graphic detail. The acting is bad but the film does manage to squeeze in some sort of story, I guess. I did not like "The Human Centipede", but it succeeds in grossing you out.

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