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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Average Rating: 2.4/5

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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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  • 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)

The mere idea is grotesque but the execution is not as repulsive as the hype will lead you to think, and even if Dieter Laser is truly menacing as the mad doctor, the other actors are mostly terrible and the movie offers a lot more involuntary humor than actual horror.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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

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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.

Eric Shankle
Eric Shankle

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2 stars

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