The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

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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.


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Critic Reviews for The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (47)

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

    Sep 8, 2010 | Rating: 1/4
  • It scales the heights of yuckiness. It places a flag on a hitherto undreamt-of Everest-peak of offensiveness.

    Aug 20, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • the titular premise that scuttles all over the narrative brings with it a grotesque and sickening novelty to all the otherwise familiar, indeed pre-digested tropes.

    Aug 19, 2010
  • This horror show from Dutch director Tom Six will be heaven for devotees of four-star torture porn and zero-star hell for everyone else.

    May 14, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A film that, in bare description, sounds like the greatest outrage ever put to screen, but ends up being fairly tedious when watched.

    May 13, 2010 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    Keith Phipps

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  • There are terrible movies and there are loathsome movies. And then there's that rare breed so idiotic, exploitative and sickening one wishes they could be scrubbed from memory.

    May 6, 2010 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

  • Jul 15, 2013
    It's artless and repulsive. I've seen many other films that are grotesque or disturbing and even plain disgusting but when the whole film is this way just for that sole purpose it becomes worthless.
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2013
    With it's disgusting premise and exploitative nature, Human Centipede probably does not warrant much being said about it. For what it is and what it wants to be, it is successful in that it creates a truly menacing villain, Dieter Laser, and puts characters in situations that are shocking to even modern standards. The 'acting' and dialogue is rough at first, but seems to find it's stride towards the mid and latter portions of the 'film'. It would be hard to argue that it rises much above torture porn, but director Tom Six does seem to have a knack for tension building, with one specific scene involving two detectives having a particularly well crafted sense of pace and build-up. That, and an unpredictable last act, make it a step above a B movie, while still being a novelty by and large. Recommended only faintly for those with the sensibilities. 3/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2012
    I think the title (implying a sequel will be coming) is more horrifying than the movie itself.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2012
    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 B Super Reviewer

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