The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) Reviews
Now we have the same issues all over again with the sequel, only this time its all completely bloody true I tell ya!!! Let me start by saying I have never felt quite so uncomfortable whilst watching a film since I saw the original 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre'.
Right...so after I scrubbed my eyes and took some deep breaths I was able to clear my mind (kinda) and write about this errr film. I use the term 'film' loosely as this really does come across as director Six's own personal horror fetish fantasy. To be honest it is actually quite a unique piece of work and one could almost say its very arty or indie of sorts, apart from the gut wrenching gore of course.
The film is in black n white which does give it a stylish approach, it also makes it more unnerving and leaning towards more realism. Add to that is the clever idea of virtually no dialog but mainly sound effects, the lead character does not speak one word, he merely grunts, squeals, cries and moans in very disturbing ways. There is of course some dialog from various characters but its very short and to the point, no messing around here no sir.
The other thing about this film is the fact its not connected to the original in any way AND it shows the events of the first film as just that...a film. The main character in this sequel watches the first film on his laptop as an inspiration for him to carry out his own agenda, so the first film never happened in this franchises universe. Ashlynn Yennie who played one of the victims in the first film returns in this sequel as herself, so this sequel is basically in the 'real world' where as the first film is a film, fantasy/fiction.
At first I didn't like this idea as it reminded me of 'Wes Craven's New Nightmare' where Englund plays himself but after getting into the plot I think its a pretty ingenious way to go for the follow up, complete U-turn and makes it more interesting for sure.
Another plus point I must say is the casting of unknown Laurence R. Harvey as 'Martin Lomax'. Now this guy looks incredibly scary, spooky and quietly mental, he's short, disgustingly fat (his belly is a sight to behold), odd frog-like eyes and a receding hairline that's been made to look all greasy and demented. The way this guy just stares without blinking, his facial expressions when he gets upset, angry or excited just unnerve you BIG time!. Six did well in finding the crazy German Dieter Laser who looks like an evil Nazi scientist character type straight out of the videogame 'Wolfenstein', but he has outdone himself finding Harvey, how or where beats me but this guy is fudging creepy!. A big fat child like psycho who enjoys pain in rather eye opening ways.
Of course the plot is totally dumb with some plot holes you could drive a Land Rover through. The fact that people are getting shot and bludgeoned all over the show and no one hears or see's anything ever and how on earth this nut job manages to do all this on his own isn't worth going into really. The film cuts to and fro a lot leaving it up to you to imagine how he did this and that or moved someone etc...
Its all about gore and shock value here folks, you do see nudity both male and female, you do see the lead character play with himself (you will see his little fireman), there is plenty of blood and head bashing, teeth smashing with hammers, tendon cutting of the knees, throat cutting, bullets to heads, force feeding, injections of laxatives, people eating excrement and seeing it dripping from mouths as they do, stapling faces to asses, hints of child abuse, crooked abusive doctors, harsh British language, parent killing....need I continue?
This film is actually so graphic the BBFC would not allow it unless it was heavily cut, I saw the uncut version and I can understand why, seeing the death of a new born baby by having its head crushed!? yep its pretty hardcore here folks.
Very dark, very bleak, seedy, murky and very sadistic. On one hand its very original and highly imaginative as a horror/gore flick, but it hasn't got the psychological or realistic vibe that the original 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' had. Its still very close to the bone and works well to make you uneasy, the sound effects alone will make you shy away in places believe me. Very nasty as Six delivers with his promise of more gore but you have to give kudos for the way he approaches it.
Yes, The Human Centipede: First Sequence was not just torture porn. Read my review and maybe I can convince you to give it a chance. But everything that most people thought that first film was, this sequel is. It's a pointless exercise in trying to depict as many twisted, depraved, and disturbing acts to innocent people as the censors will allow.
The tagline for The Human Centipede: Full Sequence is the exact opposite of the first film - 100% medically inaccurate. That means that there is no surgery. The main character is a mentally challenged but deranged obese security guard named Martin. He's obsessed with Tom Six's original movie (yes, it's a meta-movie) and decides he wants to re-create that film with more people. But Martin doesn't have a surgical background. Thus, this entire movie is Martin abducting characters with no personality - most of the time you don't see these characters actually being captured, and since Martin is a dimwitted fool, it's hard to believe how he actually kidnaps them.
You get to endure Martin creating his human centipede with whatever tool happens to be lying around. It's a full 90 minutes of this. There is no story to care about, this main character goes through no change and is thus completely unidentifiable. The logic of how any of this can plausibly happen is beyond any suspension of disbelief, particularly since all these abductions happen within sight of security cameras. The gory scenes are gross, cringe-worthy, and unrestrained, and if these scenes are the only reason you want to watch a movie like this, you and I have very different opinions about what makes a good horror movie. Tom Six has done a complete 180 and made a despicable, disposable, needless film that offers nothing but contempt for its audience. This film is a disgrace to the horror genre.
Rather than spoil the film with the most spoilable plot, I'm going to get on with the review. So, if you know me well, you'll know I'm a pretty big horror buff, and a huge fan of the first Human Centipede, so the fact that I loved this too did not come as a surprise. The second addition in the trilogy (yes, a third has been announced), is obviously more crackpot-loony than the first, on almost every level. From the films gruesome opening shot, to the last five minutes prior to the credits (which stands as quite possibly the craziest moment in horror-film history).
The film receives most of it's craziness from the brilliant, sadistic, creepy, graphic, underacted, and fantastic performance from newcomer Laurence R. Harvey, who makes his debut as the demented Martin. I had no words after the film ended. I mean, WOW! If the academy had ANY interest in this film, he should at least be nominated for best actor. I should also mention he has NO dialogue in the film. Not a word. He coughs a whole lot though, and has a brief crying scene, but is quiet for the most part, which actually makes it even creepier!
Mr. Tom Six, you have outdone yourself. Just when you think a film such as The Human Centipede cannot be out-grossed, this sadistic madman manages to do so. This writer/director knows how to touch your "barf" bone. The way he shoots it is absoPOOPly insane, particularly one scene towards the end, that is the most shocking, revolting, disgusting moment I've seen in film. The film goes scene to scene with an unparalleled amount of tension, as we see the world through Martin's eyes, and it ain't pretty.
The effects are much more balanced and realistic than the first, which didn't come as a huge surprise considering the major success of the first one, Six took advantage of his bigger budget, and added a whole lot more poop, blood, guts, and newborns. Again, I'm going to mention that this is a sadistic film, that should NOT be watched. This review is not a recommendation, as most people would be turned off by a film such as this; but for that 2% who are Centipede crazed, this will not disappoint.
I'm proud to state that I loved this film. It may not be a masterpiece, but it is incredibly unique in concept, and the execution is quite good. My grade was lowered to a "B" just for the factor that I can't imagine myself ranking this film up with "A's" such as Attack The Block, Drive, and X-Men: First Class, but it is easily the years best horror film (yes, outranking Fright Night). An all around sadistic time. Highly recommended.
P.S. 1/2 star is as low at the rating system goes. I want to give this film 0!
12 people instead of 3 and even more graphic than the depiction.
Lol its bad but still worth watching but don't view it with a weak heart... Lol some girl walked out during the 12 person rape scene.
Filmed in inky black and white, this is a film for those who love the descent into hell a good horror film can provide. Yes, this film has no redeeming social value, but do you really want your horror films to teach you a lesson, or do you just want to be scared and disgusted? There is no right or wrong answer to that question. It's all up to you.
Let's be real and honest for a second: "The Human Centipede" wasn't nearly as bad as the media made it out to be. Tom Six's contribution to the "torture porn" trend of horror had a pretty twisted idea going for it - a cunning German surgeon who drugged and kidnapped three tourists so that he could tie them together ass to mouth in order to create a single digestive system - but there's no denying that the idea itself was the only thing remotely twisted about the whole affair. As a film, it was pretty inoffensive in that it showed pretty much as little as it possibly could for a film about what it's about. We gave Tom Six a lot of power by reacting as strongly to the thing as we did; the film wasn't even that good.
So he's went and made a sequel, because the true gorehounds were disappointed by the first one and the critics were so easily offended. "The Human Centipede II" is obviously a fuck you to those who thought the first "Human Centipede" was too much. This is pretty much what we thought Six's first go-round with his nasty little premise was going to be; sick, repulsive, inhuman, and not afraid to shy away from all the gruesome details. It's going to piss off a lot of people (the BBC had threatened to ban it at one point and there are several cuts due to the content being tough to, ehem, digest); and in just a few scenes, you could say I'm one of those people. But I remain unmoved.
A play on the movie-going gimmick "It's just a movie", the film presents a world - just like ours - in which the first "Human Centipede" is literally just a movie. But it ends up in the wrong hands; those of the short, pudgy, and possibly mentally retarded Martin (Lawrence R. Harvey, in a demented performance), a shy little man who watches the film over and over again while he's working by day at a parking garage tollbooth. Through the film he finds sexual and intellectual enlightenment; and we learn that he wants to make Dr. Heiter's sick fantasies his reality. So he starts killing unfortunate innocents in the garage and bringing them to a warehouse that he basically stole from a guy after he murdered him.
The film is surprisingly engaging for about the first half, but nonetheless morally repugnant throughout. We get a glimpse of Martin's grim home life; as it is (he lives with a sadistic mother who conspires to murder him and then herself) and as it was (Martin was molested by his father, repeatedly, as an infant). One of the most distressing scenes comes when Martin's mom knocks on the ceiling for the musicians above to stop playing their loud music, provoking one of the band mates to come down and beat the shit out of Martin when mother blames him for her action. Then, Martin is able to set every part of his plan in motion. He murders his mother, kidnaps Ashlynn Yennie (star of the first film), and proceeds to staple mouths to assholes.
The unfortunate truth of this film is that it keeps piling on fucked up scenario after fucked up scenario. Martin masturbates with sandpaper, rapes a woman with barbwire around his penis, a woman gives birth to a baby in her car and then crushes its skull when aiming for the accelerator, and you don't want to know what one of the escaped victims does with Martin's pet centipede. The film is trying too hard to be gross. It's shot in color but converted to black-and-white with some truly interesting cinematography (that catches footage of weird and gross things) that retains a sort of beauty throughout; but who am I kidding, this isn't art. It's just Tom Six trying to get reactions and for the most part succeeding. He shows talent in some areas and none in others. There's no suspense here, no character development; it's just kill after kill, with the more offensive scenes being the only ones that aren't boring. Sorry Six, but I'll be sleeping nights regularly regardless of whether I've seen your film or not. No way is something this mediocre and desperate going to work itself into my sub-conscious. You and the self-proclaimed "hardcore horror fans" deserve each-other.
Martin, a man in his 40's who still lives with his mom, obsesses over "The Human Centipede: First Sequence" and repeatedly watches it, getting sexually aroused by the fact that the girls have their mouthes attached to each others anus'. Already, you notice something is wrong with this guy, but when he starts masturbating with sand paper, that's when you realize how messed up this movie is going to be. After having taken down notes about how to do this procedure himself, relying on the movie he starts kidnapping people by knocking them out with crowbars. After having kidnapped 13, one of which is pregnant so he decides not to use her yet, he strips them, takes out their kneecaps and staples their mouths to other people ass.
"The Human Centipede: Full Sequence" is placed in the horror genre because their isn't a "fucked up" category. Laurence R. Harvey ( Martin) does a good job making us notice how messed up this guy is, but come on.... This movie is nasty: people farting shit in each others mouths, staples ripping off peoples mouths, this is just a small quantity of the gruesome and disgusting movie Tom SIx has made for us.
I watched this movie online free to make sure that Tom Six doesn't take my money because i wasted mine for the first one and he used that money to make a sequel so, don't watch it. This movie just shows how the bar for good movies is dropping, and don't give him the money to make this crap a sequel.